I want to download Indesign CS6 onto a computer running InDesign CC2021 on Windows 10.
A couple of months ago, I ran both programs on a computer with Windows 7, but since upgrading it to Windows 10, I can't download InDesign CS6 onto it. InDesign CC2021 works fine.
I've checked my CC account and downloading an older version of InDesign isn't listed as an option. Why the change? Is there a new way that works?
If you only have a Cloud subscription for InDesign then Adobe revised its policy last year to only make the current version and one previous major version available to Cloud subscribers.
If you've never owned a perpetually licensed version of CS6 (with a serial number) then you do not have access to that version via your Cloud membership.
In addition to John's reply, CS6 is not supported under Windows 10. If you do have a perpetual license you can try to run it under Win 7 compatibility mode, but I have to ask...why do you even need it?
CS6 allows me to read Pagemaker files and, more importantly, convert them to InDesign files. I've got hundreds of them. Before upgrading to Windows 10, Adobe let me download CS6, from their site, as part of my CC subscription.
Adobe stopped downloads of old apps a couple of years ago - that's not a Windows 10 thing specifically. If you kept the download, you can still use it.
Not so. I downloaded CS6 from Adobe just before last Christmas. If I'd know I was going to lose CS6 in the upgrade I would have stayed with Windows 7. 😞
Maybe it was months before Christmas (I have no way of checking the exact time now)... but, it was definitely via the cloud app. The main question is...
What's the easiest way to open and convert my Pagemaker files now?
Yes, that's a tough one. You're in the same boat as others with years of Pagemaker files who have asked for an Indesign plugin to open Pagemaker files. I personally doubt the request will go anywhere since all Adobe's resources are focussed on future products but you never know.
Add your vote to this feature request:
Not sure if you've already tried this, or if it will work at all, but one workaround may be to download a 30 day trial of CS6 from
That will only give you 30 days access before it asks for a serial number. If you don't have one then you'll only have a 30 day window to convert your Pagemaker files.
Thanks John. I've added my name to the feature request. But I haven't downloaded CS6 from ProDesignTools yet. Sure, it might work... but isn't Adobe beholden to its paid subscribers to provide a better solution than an offsite workaround?
but isn't Adobe beholden to its paid subscribers to provide a better solution than an offsite workaround?
Well Adobe can change the Cloud apps at any time. Seems that they're under no obligation to provide us with access to CS6 - or any other previous versions - forever. It was good while it lasted.
RE CS6 and Windows 10:
I've been running CS6 on my desktop PC with Windows 10 for the last 6 years -- with no need for compatibility mode and no problems.