I was recentlry told to upgrade my iMAC OS from Sierra 10.12 to Monterey and find that my existing Photoshop elements 14 no longer works; what do I need to do??
If you upgrade mac OS, you can expect all your old apps to stop working, so you also need to upgrade them. The current Photoshop Elements is version 2022. I think it may still have some issues on Monterey though.
Is this the only solution? Of some 20 or so Apps that I use regularly this is the ONLY ONE which does not work straight away orafter a few simple, free tweeks!! It appears that I cannot merely upgrade, but have to purchase new again, despite having my perfectly adequate software rendered imperative through no fault of my own! Why was I not warned before upgrading my OS that this was likely to happen?? This is outrageous; there are a number of free alternatives nowadays that are perfectly adequate for my simple amateur photographic needs, so if there is nothing better on offer Adobe will lose a loyal customer, and will ensure maximum bad publicity through my media contacts!
Adobe did not do anything to your version 14 to make it stop working, you upgraded your operating system to one that will not work with old programs... this is Apple's fault for not maintaining compatibility
I'm not blaming anyone, just very annoyed that my work has been interrupted without prior warning and I am expected to deal with other peoples' mistakes! Had I been alerted, I would not have upgraded OS. I suppose I'll just have to pay up for new software, which is not easy for an elderly pensioner in the current climate, but I''ll wait until the new version is guaranteed to work properly with Monterey then review.
I don't know who recommended this upgrade or why but this was an unfortunate move. The OP should have upgraded from Sierra to MOJAVE, not Monterey. Now that 64-bit Monterey is installed, it can't be reverted back beyond Big Sur or Catalina -- neither of which support older 32-bit apps.
OPTION 1: Purchase Parallels virtual machine for (80 Euros/year). Windows 10 (another cost) and install Windows on Parallels. That's assuming the OP has access to a Windows version of PS Elements. IMO, that's a lot of cost & effort to keep using 8 year old software. 😕
OPTION 2: Find an old used machine (no higher than macOS Mojave) to support 32-bit apps. And NEVER upgrade the OS.
OPTION 3: Revert from Monterey to Catalina or Big Sur. Buy PS Elements 2022 (no subscription required).
OPTION 4: Find other graphics software that's compatible with Monterey.
- Adobe Photoshop CC: https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html
- Affinity Photo: https://affinity.serif.com
- CorelDRAW Graphics Suite: https://www.coreldraw.com/
- GIMP: https://www.gimp.org/
- Gravit Designer: https://www.designer.io/en/
- Inkscape: https://inkscape.org/
- Krita: https://krita.org/
- Paint.NET: https://www.getpaint.net/
- PaintShop Pro: https://www.paintshoppro.com/
- PhotoPea: https://www.photopea.com/
- Photo Pos Pro: https://www.photopos.com/PPP3_BS/Default.aspx
- Pixlr: https://pixlr.com/
- Vctr: https://vectr.com/
Thanks for that Nancy; I looked at some of those in option 4, and found a couple that are OK for my simple needs. So Adobe have lost a loyal customer! I'm getting nowhere with Apple; I should have read the reviews which said I should not upgrade my OS - too late now!
I fear that Adobe, like many companies, have a different view of "loyal customer" than you do. They would see it as someone who pays to upgrade to each new version.