can i install photoshop cs2 on a new mac?

New Here ,
Aug 23, 2014

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hi, i have a new MBP and wish to install Photoshop CS2 but i am having issues.

i am running OS X 10.9.4. Does anyone know how i can install it?

i can't really justify the price of the full new version of Photoshop for the amount i use it so the free old version is perfect for me. Unless anyone has a cheap Adobe alternative?

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Joe

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Correct answer by JJMack | Most Valuable Participant

Adobe CS2 is not Free Software you need a licence to run it legally

System Requirements for Photoshop CS2

by Shea Laverty, Demand Media

While Adobe Photoshop CS2 was released in May 2005, its age may make it an appealing target to businesses -- as of the date of publication, CS2 is still an adequate product for most basic business needs and may be available second-hand for considerably less than the price of purchasing the latest version. Because there are few modern computer systems incapable of running this system, prospective owners should check their system against the minimum requirements before purchase and installation.

Processor

Windows users looking to install Photoshop CS2 will need at least an Intel Xeon, Xeon Dual, Centrino, Pentium III, Pentium 4 or comparable CPU in order to run the program. Mac users will need at least a G3, G4 or G5 PowerPC processor.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 23, 2014

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Photoshop: Why doesn't Photoshop CS2 doesn't run on MacOS 10.7 (Lion)?

Anyway, what are you mean by

free old version

?

You are aware that you are entitled to use that only if you have had a license for a Photoshop version up to CS2?

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Aug 23, 2014

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i have but it is for Windows and the software is now available from Adobe with a serial number which for some reason won't install on my MBP

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Aug 23, 2014

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what is my cheapest option for buying a version of Photoshop for my MBP?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2014

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Photoshop Elements. It might be all you need for $100.

Run the free trial for up to 30 days

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2014

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joerusso100 wrote:

i have but it is for Windows and the software is now available from Adobe with a serial number which for some reason won't install on my MBP

That reason is that Photoshop CS2 for Mac was written when all Macs were powered by a PowerPC processor, but for the last 8 years or so, all Macs have had Intel processors. The old code in Photoshop CS2 will never be able to install on any current Mac.

If Photoshop Elements doesn't have the features you need, another option is the Creative Cloud Photography Plan at $9.99 a month which will give you the latest Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 24, 2014

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Does your MBP have an IBM powerpc processor or an intel processor.  MAC CS2 requires a IBM PowerPC processor it should not install on a Apple Unix Intel system,

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2014

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its got an Intel i7 Dual Core

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LEGEND ,
Aug 25, 2014

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No, you will never, EVER get CS2 to install or run on that Mac.  Abandon the idea forthwith.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 25, 2014

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If you indeed had a legitimate Windows license for CS2, you would still not be legally or morally entitled to run the Mac version of CS2.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 25, 2014

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Once again, as already pointed out above, note the availability of the low cost Creative Cloud Photography bundle:

Creative Cloud free trial & plans : Adobe Creative Cloud

-Noel

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New Here ,
Oct 29, 2018

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Wow, I shall not be buying adobe products after that answer. I have tons of LEGAL adobe software and spent

1000s of bucks on it.

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2018

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I certainly understand your point, but computer technology does advance, and old software becomes incompatible with new operating systems.  It's the way of the world.

If you were still running the computer and operating system you had when you bought your old Adobe software CS2 version, it would still be working.  Adobe even saw to it that when they retired their online activation servers they didn't leave current customers out in the cold.

However, you chose to get new hardware and/or advance your operating system to a version that no longer supports the ancient CS2 application(s).  Adobe didn't change anything - you did.  Presumably you felt that the new hardware/OS brought advantages that made it worthwhile to do so, and there certainly ARE good reasons to get a new computer.

Did you not realize that there would also be incompatibilities introduced?  Apple no longer supports 32 bit software of any sort on macOS.  That means their developers are free to concentrate more of their effort on new 64 bit development without being burdened by supporting outdated technology.

There are some reasonable solutions proposed in the thread above, including running a virtual Windows system, which IS still able to run old Adobe CS2 software, inside a virtualization package such as Parallels or Fusion on a new Mac.

I'm no fan of operating system authors making older software obsolete - it's one of the reasons I choose to run Windows vs. macOS, because support for older software is maintained longer - but Adobe doesn't control the choices your operating system vendor makes w/regard to what they're going to continue to support and what they're not.  It's really a case of you have to keep paying if you want to keep playing.  You chose to pay to get a new Mac and macOS version, right?  Why is it a stretch to think about paying to keep your Adobe software current?

No one can or will promise that their current version of software will remain compatible with every new computer and OS forever.  But they do release new versions that ARE compatible, and expect you to pay for that development.  It's not all for nothing either; there ARE quite a lot of valuable new features that have been added in the (what, 12?) major versions released since CS2.  Honestly, the Photographer's bundle really is a pretty good deal for what you get.

-Noel

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Oct 30, 2018

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Wow, all I wanted was a yes or no. I have been using Photoshop since you

were in your mother's womb, and al3ways paid my way. As an artist, I hate

the fact people steal intellectual property, and i have been royally ripped

off. I will NEVER buy another Adobe product again . all I wanted was a

polite response not a dissertation about whether or not to purchase a new

computer. My loyalty ended with windows when they decided for me to upgrade

me to 10. I lost the ability to choose. (ONCE AGAIN) . so if i have to

sleep with the devil at least i will sleep with one that will sweet talk to

me through customer support. the difference between rape and making love.

Crap all I want to do is make a living.

Zan D.

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LEGEND ,
Nov 03, 2018

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I have been using Photoshop since you

were in your mother's womb

Apparently you seem to think you have been using Photoshop longer than Noel Carboni​ and that this has some relevance here.

But as he has been a member on these Fora since 2006 and you since 2018 I’d be curious to know how you determined how long Noel Carboni has been using Photoshop?

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Install Bootcamp or some virtualization software to run Windows on your Mac. Use your CS2 Windows key...seems like a pretty simple and logical solution. You could even install Windows XP, which no longer has any support. I know this leaves you open to security vulnerabilities but you could turn off networking since you are just using it for Photoshop.

 

Hope this suggestion helps someone.

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Adobe CS2 is not Free Software you need a licence to run it legally

System Requirements for Photoshop CS2

by Shea Laverty, Demand Media

While Adobe Photoshop CS2 was released in May 2005, its age may make it an appealing target to businesses -- as of the date of publication, CS2 is still an adequate product for most basic business needs and may be available second-hand for considerably less than the price of purchasing the latest version. Because there are few modern computer systems incapable of running this system, prospective owners should check their system against the minimum requirements before purchase and installation.

Processor

Windows users looking to install Photoshop CS2 will need at least an Intel Xeon, Xeon Dual, Centrino, Pentium III, Pentium 4 or comparable CPU in order to run the program. Mac users will need at least a G3, G4 or G5 PowerPC processor.

JJMack

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I was wondering the same. I had a legal CS2 on my old 2006 iMac but since it died I got a new one (well 2014 but i've just got it) and wanted to know if it'll run on osx 10.9

Any advice on wether it'll run or not is welcome

- Pyro

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Photoshop CS2 won't run on OS X 10.9.

The last version of OS X to run PowerPC-based applications was 10.6. Starting with OS X 10.7 in 2011, all of your applications have to be compatible with Intel-based processors.

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Hello

I did all the things but in summary I am getting error again and again that the installation is failed. I am using mac book air and it has sufficient resources but why I am getting this??Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 2.08.40 AM.png

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2017

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The answer is already in this thread…your MacBook Air has an Intel processor, but CS2 can't run on an Intel processor because it's too old. There is no version of CS2 that can run on a MacBook Air.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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At one time it would run on an intel using OSX 10.6.8 and through the Rosetta PPC emulator, but that's long gone.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Photoshop CS2 will not install or run on modern Macs (min. last 5 years). There are no workarounds.

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New Here ,
Nov 21, 2017

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The workaround is to install Bootcamp and Windows 10 - which is a free download - and download the now free Photoshop CS2.

Worked for me.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 21, 2017

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and download the now free Photoshop CS2.

Photoshop CS2 is not free. If you've never previously purchased the software then you're running a pirated copy.

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Nov 22, 2017

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"Photoshop CS2 is not free."

This argument has run for years!

On Adobe's download website they say:

Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.

If you don't tick the 'I accept' box you can still download and install and use the FREE to download software. You would have thought that should have been disabled if you don't tick the box.

I do have old legal copies of many CS2 programmes from my G4 professional editing days, and I have used the Adobe site to upgrade each one. I just opened a new Adobe account with new email address. You can't even register the product online anymore when the 'REGISTER' window comes up. I don't believe Adobe have or will challenge anybody who hasn't had a CS2  licence before and uses these FREE downloads.

I have been retired a long time and just PLAY on my MacBookPro using Windows 10 in Bootcamp. CS2 is very old but will give professional users a good idea of whether to upgrade and pay the new extortionate prices that Adobe now charge!

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This isn’t just about Adobe challenging. In many countries most businesses can expect a software audit at some time, and with it the need to prove all software has a valid license.  Even before we get into moral arguments about creative people who hope to build their career based on people paying them for their creative work, and encouraging them to start by stealing someone else’s...

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Sep 19, 2018

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Would installing Windows on my MacBook Pro get rid of it's operating system, OS or whatever it is?

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No. That's the beauty of Parallels. It offers a virtual Windows environment side-by-side with your Mac operating system.

You launch the Parallels app on your Mac then launch Windows from Parallels.

You will need to separately purchase a full version of Windows 10 in addition to purchasing Parallels.

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Nov 23, 2017

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I have not used a Mac in years. CS2 is many years old I do not know if CS2 Mac will be able to run on a new mac. Cs2 may be 32Bit software  and need an old Mac OS version or even a Power PC processor.

JJMack

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CS2 was written for PowerPC processors. When Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel processors in 2006, it briefly provided a dynamic translator called 'Rosetta' to enable PowerPC apps to run on Intel-based Macs. That arrangement only lasted a couple of years. The last ever version of the Mac OS X operating system to include Rosetta was 10.6.8 in 2009.

So, Macs have not been able to run CS2 for nearly 8 years.

The only way to run CS2 on a Mac now is by running the Windows version in a virtualized Windows environment such as Bootcamp or Parallels.

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Nov 23, 2017

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Even if I could run CS2, there are so many good time saving features and advances in CC, that CS2 would be like going back to an old 70s beater car.

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