is my photoshop cs3 dead?

New Here ,
Apr 11, 2022 Apr 11, 2022

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Well I see plenty of posts basically stating that, photoshop cs3 is so old its no longer supported by Adobe..? Mine was literally working fine on my 2008 iMac 8,1 running os X 10.5.8 right up until I tried to figure out how to remote access this computer from my laptop. That curiosity caused an "error" in the software such that I was no longer to boot the computer with that drive installed. It would not even boot into safe mode or to the disk utility screen. It was stuck on the blue screen. I installed another hard drive and installed the old os from the original disc what came with it it back in 2008. Now I am back up and running, I can plug in the "damaged" driveinto the imac  and see it however I cannot use any of the adobe applications that are on there from before and get the following information when I try to open adobe illustrator cs3 and photoshop c3s...

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Any advice on my issue is most appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 11, 2022 Apr 11, 2022
@tech7online  The aging activation servers were shut down several years ago. CS2, 3, and 4 can no longer be installed.  https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite.html You can use CS3 with the original OS and hardware as long as everything keeps working.  Jane 

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Apr 11, 2022 Apr 11, 2022

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Yes, it is basically dead in that there's no support nor can you install it and activate it any longer. If you have an old machine it runs on, well it will of course run but otherwise, it's DOA.


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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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thank you for your reply

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@tech7online 

 

The aging activation servers were shut down several years ago. CS2, 3, and 4 can no longer be installed. 

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite.html

 

You can use CS3 with the original OS and hardware as long as everything keeps working. 

 

Jane 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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You may be able to try going back in time to before the error occurred from your Time Machine Backup. 

Otherwise, CS3 is dead as it can no longer be activated, Adobe decided to close the activation server.

Hit me too as I had PS CS3 on an old admin mac in the office, just for occasional use.  Makes me sad to look at all the Adobe product boxes on my SW shelf, all dead! Bin time. 

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net :: adobe forum volunteer:: co-author: 'getting colour right'
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management

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Apr 13, 2022 Apr 13, 2022

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thats the first thing i tried to do and it was not setup! my bad

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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So, the old drive functions? (since you said you connected it)

Since you are not booted up from the actual drive your software is on, you cannot access the components that CS3 needs that are installed in system-level locations.

10.5.8 is reallllly old so I don't know the capabilities of the Migration Assistant, but I would try use that to copy your settings and files from your old drive to your new one.

Even if that is successful, since activations tend to be tied to hardware, it may still consider your activation as valid, but that's a long shot.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Also, if you haven't done a Disk Utility repair on the old disk, do so. You could even try boot off of it by changing your Startup Disk (or holding down Option when you boot).

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This is exactly what I was considering as someting to try! Thank you for your reply, seems like I will just have to get with the times and upgrade my machines..

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Your machine is capable of running System 10.11 (El Capitan), but that's not good enough for the current versions unfortunately, so might be time, yup.

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