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Aug 31, 2022 Aug 31, 2022

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Greetings,

 

Does anyone know where/how to download or purchase a version of InDesign that will work with Windows 7?  I really really don't want to "upgrade" to Windows 10 until this desktop dies.  Thanks!

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Community Expert , Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

CS6 is no longer available. Be careful if someone tries to sell you this - it is most like malware/spam.

You can purchase a subscription to Creative Cloud (or just InDesign) and contact Adobe Support for a link to InDesign CC 2018. You can also download it directly here: https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2018-direct-download-links.html

But you will still need a valid subscription plan.

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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CS6 is no longer available. Be careful if someone tries to sell you this - it is most like malware/spam.

You can purchase a subscription to Creative Cloud (or just InDesign) and contact Adobe Support for a link to InDesign CC 2018. You can also download it directly here: https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2018-direct-download-links.html

But you will still need a valid subscription plan.

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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I believe you mean CS6 is no longer available as a separate purchase. CS6 is available as part of a CC subscription:

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cs6-direct-download-links.html

However, there are no bug fixes available to CS6--just the original version. Also, I understand it will not work with a CC trial. 

 

 

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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I think you're kinda pushing the envelope here on CS6. I doubt very much Adobe is going to do anything in anyway to support it.

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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A lot of users would like to still have an option that doesn't require a subscription. I think a one-price "ID Lite" wouldn't be a bad thing to add to the lineup, but what do I know. 🙂

 

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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It already exists. It's called Affinity Publisher.

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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Well... and Google Docs will read Word files, too.

 

Not what I meant. More like Photoshop Express, which addressed the vast market of lightweight/web users without the heavy CMYK/print support.

 

It's just painful to see all these users still struggling along with CS6 for (IMHO) all the wrong reasons.

 

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Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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Oh...I know what you meant, but I can assure you...there is not enough of a market for it.

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Probably not, especially given the "What do you mean, it's not free?" factor tends to be in play. 🙂

 

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Exactly...just listen to the whining from people that will spend $1,000 on a high-end iPad and complain about $1.99 apps.

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Moreso "I paid for CS6 and Win7 15 years ago and they should still be fully supported now!" — but enough.

 

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How is this conversation helping the OP?

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It's not, but the OP got the answer very early on. We're just exchanging pleasantries.

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The back-and-forth isn't but I think the idea of using CS6 with a current subscription could be helpful.

 

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It's not. But he hasn't returned to continue the discussion, and the question has been answered as best as it can be.

 

Perhaps a bit of exasperation will help steer further newcomers who want the very-difficult-to-impossible, and for free. 😛

 

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The OP never mentioned "free" or any price--just that they didn't want to upgrade to Win 10. Win 10 was free for most users when it first came out depending on the system, so it might not be a cost issue.

 

This reminds me of the movie "Grumpy Old Men" 😁

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Well, no one stays with a decade-old app on a decade-plus old OS without cost being a major part of it. And many of those who do come here for CS6 help do get onto the subject of cost.

 

Don't make me tell you to get off my lawn, now. I don't even have one.

 

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> Well, no one stays with a decade-old app on a decade-plus old OS without cost being a major part of it.

I suppose cost might be a factor for me -- as a retiree I resent having to pay a subscription just to be able to edit old files. If I was actually making money with the program I would probably feel differently.

For what it's worth, I don't believe in renting the everyday used tools for any of my various professions. I'll even buy the more esoteric ones if the price can be justified over two or three uses.

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"Edit old files" is a niche, and all things being equal, I do believe tools should stay functional at whatever level they were once functional. But it's difficult to maintain long-outdated software and OSes that depend to any extent on discontinued validation, licensing, etc.

 

As for CS/CC, I will happily pay the moderate subscription fee, not only because it means I always have the very latest tools and updates with little effort, but so does everyone else playing seriously in this realm. Any of us who have been around a while remember the monstrous headaches of trying to coordinate work with other shops or printers or the like with two or even three major versions of each app in play.. and let's just not go into Mac-v-PC here.

 

And I think the subscription has been cheaper, overall. I spent... $1800? for my first Master Collection, then $400-800 every year or so to update it (and still be out of step with many others, as above). $6-700 a year for always-updated, always-in-step... well worth it even in stretches I am not making much revenue from this "hat."

 

But I understand why casual users don't like having to pay and pay for something they just dabble with. To which the only answer is: Adobe doesn't really do all this for the dabblers.

 

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If not fully supported, at least leave the bug patches on the download servers for those of us who can do our own support and on occasion need to reinstall.

GRRRRRRR.

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I'd tend to agree. I have tools and apps for which every update, version and fix is available (usually on a dusty archive site), and others where nothing but a few current items are available.

 

For this software, no iteration should ever be completely taken offline.

 

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I'm running ID CS6 under Windows 10. Granted, I'm not using it for heavy work--mostly just translating other program's files. 

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You have an answer, and I won't second-guess your choice except to say that there are very, very few reasons to avoid Win10 as an update from Win7, and many advantages... starting with running a current, fully-supported version of ID.

 

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You're going to have a hard time finding a new machine with Window 10 on it. Windows 11 is shipping with new machines.

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