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How to Move ALL InDesign CC Apps to New Computer

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I have a new Mac and am trying to move all my ID CC apps to it. I downloaded the Creative Cloud desktop app and was able to install the latest version of InDesign, but I don't see how to install previous versions. I do work for multiple clients who use everything from CS6 to 2020 and I need CC and CC 2014 to CC 2019.

 

I doubt that I can just copy them from the old computer to the new one. Anyone have any idea?

Success! I took the latest Time Machine backup from the "old" computer (a Mac mini running High Sierra), erased the hard drive on the "new" computer (actually a refurbished Mac mini that came with Mojave), and restored the backup from the "old" computer to the "new" one. Then I updated to Mojave again. Still had the problem with the CC Desktop app coming up blank, but I eventually found where to redownload it (repairing didn't work) and I'm back in business with CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018, CC2019, and 2020! Strangely, only CS6, CC2019, and 2020 appear in the "apps" section of the CC Desktop app, but they work fine.

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How to Move ALL InDesign CC Apps to New Computer

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I have a new Mac and am trying to move all my ID CC apps to it. I downloaded the Creative Cloud desktop app and was able to install the latest version of InDesign, but I don't see how to install previous versions. I do work for multiple clients who use everything from CS6 to 2020 and I need CC and CC 2014 to CC 2019.

 

I doubt that I can just copy them from the old computer to the new one. Anyone have any idea?

Success! I took the latest Time Machine backup from the "old" computer (a Mac mini running High Sierra), erased the hard drive on the "new" computer (actually a refurbished Mac mini that came with Mojave), and restored the backup from the "old" computer to the "new" one. Then I updated to Mojave again. Still had the problem with the CC Desktop app coming up blank, but I eventually found where to redownload it (repairing didn't work) and I'm back in business with CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018, CC2019, and 2020! Strangely, only CS6, CC2019, and 2020 appear in the "apps" section of the CC Desktop app, but they work fine.

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You can only revert to one older version these days, so 2019 and that's it. Copying over won't work.

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You could use Carbon  Copy Cloner to clone your old HD and then clone that to your new Mac, that will work.

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Thanks, Frans! I guess that's the heavy-duty way of doing it! I may have to if other means don't work out.

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You can install 2020 and 2019 directly from the CC app. 

If you go to https://prodesigntools.com/ and search, you can find download links to older versions.

These worked for me a couple of weeks ago, but Adobe could cut them off anytime:

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2018-direct-download-links.html

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2017-direct-download-links.html

Not all the links work on this one:

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2015-5-direct-download-links.html

This one doesn't work, but I only tried a few installers:

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cc-2014-direct-download-links.html

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Thanks IDEAS-Training! I'm downloading them now. If I install them this way will they then appear in the CC desktop app? Or is that even necessary? I'm not trying to get away with anything here, it's just that I've had ID since version 1 and currently have CS6 through 2020. I never know what version a client will give me to work on and they always need their project to remain in the version they send me.

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They should. Make sure you turn off the "remove older versions" under your CC app settings. 

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Assuming your new Mac comes with the latest operating system, it will only run 64-bit versions of the old software. So some programs, such as InDesign CS6 will not work and some are hybrid 64- and 32-bit. 

 

I would take Frans advice and clone your current drive to an external drive*. You should be able to boot from the drive when you need the older software that won't run under the new OS. 

 

*Get a drive that has multiple connections and use the fastest one each computer supports. For example, your older computer may support USB-3 while your new one supports USB-C--or Thunderbolt 2 and 3 repectively. 

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Hoo-boy! I was able to download and install 2014-2018 but now when I start the CC desktop app it's blank--all white. Can't do anything with it but force-quit and none of the ID apps work now.

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It's entirely possible that many of the apps won't work properly on the new OS. 

If it is just the CC app you might want to uninstall it and reinstall (the latest version).

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Success! I took the latest Time Machine backup from the "old" computer (a Mac mini running High Sierra), erased the hard drive on the "new" computer (actually a refurbished Mac mini that came with Mojave), and restored the backup from the "old" computer to the "new" one. Then I updated to Mojave again. Still had the problem with the CC Desktop app coming up blank, but I eventually found where to redownload it (repairing didn't work) and I'm back in business with CS6, CC, CC2014, CC2015, CC2017, CC2018, CC2019, and 2020! Strangely, only CS6, CC2019, and 2020 appear in the "apps" section of the CC Desktop app, but they work fine.

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Adobe's current policy is to only allow you to the current version and the previous version of an application. So for InDesign that's InDesign 2020 and InDesign CC 2019. If you had previously downloaded earlier versions, you can still use them. Or, I believe you can contact Adobe Customer Support (we can't help you), to get a link to earlier versions.

 

Here's a Help file:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/download-availability.html?product=Creative%20Cloud%20De...

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Thanks Steve, but, yes, I do have all previously downloaded earlier versions, but they're on my old computer. Now I'm trying to get them all onto the new one. I guess I'll have to convince my clients to accept IDML files. They've balked at that in the past. I wish they'd all get with it and upgrade already!

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. IDML is not a good solution, as a client I would utterly reject it because reflow and damage is exactly what I don't want. You will need to keep a machine going without Catalina on it to run old apps. So don't give up on that old one. But meanwhile, make sure to download every installer you can in case you have to reinstall (perhaps on a used Mac).

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Glad that worked out.

 

This is why knowing the specs of the "new" computer, such as the OS version is such citical info. Also, knowing the fact that it as a "new to you" rather than a (brand) new computer is important to know. Knowing about existing backups from the old system is useful info.

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