CS4 with Mac High Sierra

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Sep 26, 2017 Sep 26, 2017

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I've been using CS4 Creative Suite for several years and with every system upgrade I worry that I won't be able to continue using it.  (I don't use it regularly but I have important documents that I need to access periodically).  I just updated my MacBook Pro to the latest OS, High Sierra.  During the installation, I was prompted to upgrade Java to be able to use InDesign which I did and that installation was successful.  Today, I tried to open an InDesign doc.  In Design opened (finally) but the doc did not open (the name shows up at the top of the window, but nothing else is visible.

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 26, 2017 Sep 26, 2017
You should be aware that even current software will (and in the Case of CC 2017 InDesign DOES) have potential problems running on the first version of a new OS. CS4 has not been supported for at least two versions of the Mac OS so the only probable way that you'll be able to fix this is to roll back your OS (I think Yosemite was the last version to support CS4 but I could be wrong about that).

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 05, 2018 Jul 05, 2018

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You can keep dreaming if you'd like but Adobe did nothing to change CS4 so I don't see why you think this is their issue. This one's on Apple and I stand by my statement. Nobody still using CS4 is a customer, let alone a loyal one.

The answers don't change. Roll back your O/S, subscribe to Creative Cloud or switch to a new page layout application. Those are the facts. I'm sorry you don't like them.

Finally, it's worth noting that there have actually been more versions of InDesign released AFTER CS4 than there were before it!

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2018 Aug 29, 2018

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I'm with you! This software wasn't cheap. Fortunately, Apple fixed their bug. It works fine for me in High Sierra 10.13.6.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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LOL! Well, upward to the Cloud and onward. Thanks BobLevine for your input.

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May 23, 2018 May 23, 2018

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@batnert
Thank you, Your reply/comment worked perfectly, I didn't even have to restart...

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Sep 24, 2018 Sep 24, 2018

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Fantastico ho risolto tutti i miei problemi......grazie per questa spiegazione molto semplice

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New Here ,
Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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i downloaded CS4.dmg file from adobe high Sierra did not recognise

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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As pointed out over and over again, CS4 is not supported under High Sierra.

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Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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careful how you use your one bullet barney

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Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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how?

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New Here ,
Jan 05, 2018 Jan 05, 2018

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I can't comment on the entire CS4 suite, but I was able to install Photoshop CS4 on a fresh install of MacOS 10.13.2 just now. I downloaded the MacOS installer, copied it onto an external USB drive, booted from that drive, then ran the installer. It took two tries, but that got 10.13.2 onto the MacBook Pro 17 inch, early 2011. I verified that the 250Gb internal SSD had been upgraded to the new APFS using the Disk Utility. I used a CD with the Photoshop CS4 installer copied onto it. I had to install the trial version because the installer would not accept the registration code. On first launch of Photoshop, I got a dialog telling me that I'd also need to install a legacy version of Java, and a link to it. Here's the link:

Download Java for OS X 2017-001

The download and install of the legacy Java went fine, and when I relaunched Photoshop, it behaved normally. It opened a dialog box that allowed me to enter the registration number, which was accepted. I created a new file, opened an existing gif file, resized it, blurred it, cropped, then "saved it for web" at a different resolution, and all went fine. No blank windows, no hangs, no other alterations to Photoshop or system settings.

Photoshop CS4 is the only app I don't intend to upgrade, primarily because I only use it for a few simple operations and I don't want anything to do with Adobe's new Cloud based services. There's also the cost factor.

Hope this helps somebody else out there...

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Jan 05, 2018 Jan 05, 2018

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You are going to struggle once Apple remove support for 32-but apps, sometime soon.

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2018 Aug 29, 2018

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The advice in this thread is misleading. I've used Photoshop CS4 in every version of OS X since I bought it. I was having problems with High Sierra, but Apple fixed the bug in the OS. It works fine for me in High Sierra 10.13.6.  In previous versions of 10.13 it was working too but it crashed when trying to save a file.

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Aug 29, 2018 Aug 29, 2018

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And what exactly does Photoshop working have to do with InDesign working?

Two completely different applications with completely different code bases.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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Well at least we can be absolutely sure it won’t work in Mac OS 10.15 (next year). Apple have promised it.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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And everyone will blame Adobe.

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Oct 20, 2018 Oct 20, 2018

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Well, obviously it’s Adobe’s fault. Because when Adobe announced the only bus in town was subscriptions, and the bus left, Adobe didn’t wait for their loyal customers who paid their fare for a different bus 10 years ago.

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