I am not a design/art pro. I bought CS3 in ~2009 to design cards, cabinets, and furniture for home use (stuff I draw and make). Got busy; haven't used CS3 in a decade. The copy I bought allowed 3 installations; used those up on interim new computers years ago. I would now like to retrieve my files (top priority), or install the software on my most recent computer. Any suggestions. Thanks!
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The CS3 servers have been shut down. It is no longer possible to activate CS3.
What application created the files?
What is the file extension of the files?
CS3 is a dead product... the activation server has been retired so you may no longer install the programs
You may want to ask in the individual product forums to find out if new programs will open old files
To find a forum for your specific program please start at https://community.adobe.com/
As previously stated, CS3 is officially dead. Even if you had an older operating system to support it, there is no possible way to activate the software. Those servers are long gone.
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Thanks to all who replied.
The files were originally generated w/ Adobe Illustrator.
Having ignored this for years -- copied them forward to new computers - some now appear as PDF files. They open, but show only a fraction of the content originally included. Some show the .ai extension w/ more content.
I'll check into the AI product forum to see if the new software will work.
If you don't have the latest version of Illustrator, Inkscape is free. Inkscape supports many file types.