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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2019 Jan 03, 2019

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I have a Mac Mini running Mountain Lion and I use InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, all CS6 version (those are the newest versions I have of those programs). I would like to upgrade to a newer Mac OS but I want to make sure I don't lose the use of my Adobe programs.

Does anyone know what would be the newest version of Mac OS that would still be compatible with my little old CS6 apps?

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LEGEND , Jan 10, 2019 Jan 10, 2019
I recommend you consider dual boot (on a second disk). If you have old apps you don't want to upgrade for some reason, then you can boot the old system and run the apps. The rest of the time you can boot the newer system. Mix and match just causes endless issues, which will only get worse.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 03, 2019 Jan 03, 2019

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All I know is that CS6 and earlier programs HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED AND WILL NOT BE UPDATED for Mac El Capitan or newer operating systems... so proceed at your own risk of problems

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 10, 2019 Jan 10, 2019

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New Here ,
Feb 12, 2020 Feb 12, 2020

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I am on a Mac Book Pro (2015) and running Sierra with CS6. Everything is running A OK.

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Explorer ,
May 15, 2020 May 15, 2020

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hello !

 

Please let me know if you are a professional like a graphic designer working for print jobs.

To know if Adobe CS6 works well under Sierra 10.12 with color setting and print offices.

I'm a graphic designer working in Haiti for school books and I do not can aford to pay a higher version than CS6.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 15, 2020 May 15, 2020

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corrine_w,

If you want to keep using CS6, never upgrade your computer.

CS6 may work OK on Sierra, High Sierra and Mojave.  But it will never work on Catalina.

EDIT: Or Big Sur.

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/macos-big-sur.html

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019

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you can expect problems if you upgrade to 10.14.  how many and how serious and what exactly they will be i do not know.

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019

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I was hoping to upgrade to something like El Capitan rather than the latest

OS. Just wondering if there are any “safe” options newer than Mountain

Lion, mainly so that I can update to newer browser versions, as I am

starting to experience problems with Chrome, which I suspect are because it

has not been upgraded BECAUSE Mountain Lion doesn’t accommodate it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019

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10.11 or less will probably be ok based on forum posts but adobe's official testing for cs6 stopped with 10.8 or so.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 10, 2019 Jan 10, 2019

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I recommend you consider dual boot (on a second disk). If you have old apps you don't want to upgrade for some reason, then you can boot the old system and run the apps. The rest of the time you can boot the newer system. Mix and match just causes endless issues, which will only get worse.

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2019 Aug 19, 2019

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This is 8 months later, so I doubt anyone cares but I have been running cs6 on Yosemite with great success. (Cs6 works on Mavericks as well)

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2019 Oct 26, 2019

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Hi I am running CS6 on Mavericks and it seems relatively happy.  Unfortunately I really need to upgrade the OS to at the very least High Sierra as Chome is playing up and I can't get the security and upgrades until I sort the OS.  I accidentally upgraded my Mac Pro to High Sierra and at a stroke it turned the Office Excel 2008 into the idiot version.  It took ages on the phone to work out how to re-install my dear old Mavericks!

Similarly, if I upgrade the OS then I will be forced into the MS Office 365 rent-a-bit system.  I do hate these 'Cloud" versions.  I am quite happy with the old versions (Office for Mac 2011 [and 2008])   Why do they have to mess around with things - adding so many bells and whistles that I'll bet any money most users - even the professionals don't fully understand

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Jan 04, 2019 Jan 04, 2019

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New Here ,
Jan 10, 2019 Jan 10, 2019

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Just updated to High Sierra on my production MacPro 5,1 which I use every day for paid work.

CS6 is working normally. There may be a slight problem with synchronising color settings via Bridge, I've had to set it twice, but it seems to have 'stuck' this time.


I've been using Sierra for the preceding year and that worked perfectly too.

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New Here ,
Apr 16, 2020 Apr 16, 2020

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OK, one tiny wrinkle with getting color settings to 'stick' in InDesign CS6 under High Sierra.
After launching InDesign and before opening any documents, choose Edit > Color Settings... to show the "Your Creative Suite applications are synchronised" dialogue box. Just click OK—bizarrely there's no need to change any setting—and all will be well until you Quit the program; documents will Open with their stored color settings applied just like in earlier systems. 
At least they do for me.

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New Here ,
Apr 16, 2020 Apr 16, 2020

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Yes. CS6 will run on El Capitan. I've been using it for a couple years now. My mini just died and I'm having trouble finding an older 2014 that will run El Cap just for dedicated CS6.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 16, 2020 Apr 16, 2020

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As a word of warning, while the activation servers for CS4, CS5, and CS6 are still running, there's no way to know how long that will be the case.

 

Also be aware that while Adobe customer support can help with resetting the number of activations on those products, they can no longer provide any other type of support.

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Explorer ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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I have High Sierra and CS6, just tried to open and it says It's a trial.  Never happend before.  Think they somehow getting rid of our old versions to work on even older machines

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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if you have a trial installed you're past the os system compatibility issue.  now you need a valid serial number to activate your cs6 from a time-limited trial to unlimited:  in an adobe program click help > activate.

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Explorer ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 11, 2020 Nov 11, 2020

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you're welcome.

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New Here ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Hi, nice to hear that someone else has the same question I've got. To answer your question: I've been running mac OS Sierra 10.12.16 on a MacBook Pro mid-2012 with Adobe CS 6. I use Acrobat X quite frequently, InDesign occasionally & Illustrator & PhotoShop rarely—but they all work fine on my system. A while ago I upgraded to to High Sierra, but my Filemaker Pro 11 started acting weird and quitting unexpectedly. Didn't try out the Adobe CS applications though, but I did revert to 10.12 (Sierra) just so that I wouldn't have to upgrade all my software. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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you wouldn't expect any problems (with a legal license) until you attempt to reinstall.  then you might have problems.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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As a follow-up, none of the CS6 applications will run on MacOS Catalina or later. The CS6 applications are 32-bit, and Apple is no longer providing support for 32-bit applications as of the release of Catalina.

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