Photoshop CS6 not opening in Big Sur update for Mac

Explorer ,
Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020

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I had Photoshop CS6 installed on my iMac when it was running High Sierra. It ran smoothly for every update through Catalina. With the most recent Update (Big Sur), it will not open. There is a hack, where you "Show Package Contents" for the CS6.app, then go to Contents > MacOS > click on Adobe Photoshop CS6 and just disregard the error notices that pop up, close them and this opens Photoshop. The video I watched worked in Catalina, but when I tried it with the Big Sur update...it showed different popup messages and the only choice was to leave "terminal" open (if terminal was closed, the whole operation closed). Photoshop opened after closing the pop ups, but I was left with a spinning ball and it never ended. Therefore the hack didn't work for Photoshop in the Big Sur update. Does anyone have any solution to this and if not, does anyone know if there will be any attempt to make CS6 et al work in Big Sur? Any advice or information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020
>>>Does anyone have any solution to this and if not, does anyone know if there will be any attempt to make CS6 et al work in Big Sur? Regrettably, there is no solution for Big Sur and CS6 will never be updated to run on Big Sur.

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Explorer , Jan 09, 2021 Jan 09, 2021
Truth be told, I found an expert who was able to get Adobe CC 2020 to work perfectly with Big Sur, so I'm sticking with what I know for the time being. I'm a digital artist working with Corel Painter software and usually use Photoshop in a limited capacity (mostly composition functions) prior to painting with Corel. The Photoshop software I am using now may or may not work with higher versions of mac IOS, but I plan on staying with Big Sur indefinitely or as long as practicable.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 22, 2021 Jan 22, 2021

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Just to be clear, there is no expiration date on CS6. What expired it was macOS. CS6 still works today on the system versions it supports on Mac, and still works in Windows. It only stopped working in the latest versions of macOS because of changes Apple had to do to make the transition to the new fast, efficient, affordable Apple Silicon Macs.

 

I own perpetual licenses for similarly old versions of  applications by Microsoft, Ableton, and Apple itself (old version of Final Cut Pro) that will also not run on recent versions of macOS because they don’t meet the tighter new requirements, and those old versions will never be updated again. I own the licenses forever, but macOS moved too far forward so the applications no longer work. For all of the examples above, the fix is to pay for the current version.

 

I’m not saying I like it. But that’s how it is. Every one of those companies, including Adobe, upgraded their applications to work on the latest versions of macOS. None of them did it for free.

 

Also: The tips shown are for getting CS6 to start up on Big Sur if it is already installed (because an existing installation was upgraded to Big Sur). I do not think they help if CS6 has to be installed on Big Sur; for example, when buying a new Mac. If for any reason CS6 needs to be installed from scratch, I don’t think there is a way to get the installer itself to run.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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Right, I think if you already have Big Sur, you can't install fresh. I know
for sure this works for those of us who already had CS6 and upgraded to Big
Sur. BUT I would venture to say it may work for other Mac OS updates that
"broke" CS6 being that it's a terminal command?! That's my hope, at least.
I'd love to hear if this solution fixes broken CS6 in other Mac OS updates.

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New Here ,
Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Thanks, going to try this. It's a shame. I'd be more than happy to purchase a new version of the software, but there's no chance I'll ever support rental software. I'll go elsewhere. Wonder how many other customers Adobe has lost since switching to subscription only?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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Wonder how many other customers Adobe has lost since switching to subscription only?

 

Look at Adobe's financials and you will find a gain in customers since the subscription model was introduced not a loss, particularly since the Photography Plan was released giving Photoshop and Lightroom for less than the cost of Photoshop alone.

Back in 2011 Photoshop CS5 Extended was $999*.  The current Photography plan is $9.99 a month and comes with Lightroom. That means running the software for over 8 years before the old perpetual version is cheaper. Most people updated their software well within that period, to take advantage of new cameras and new functions, so for them the subscription model which includes all updates to the latest versions is cheaper.

 

*Source : https://prodesigntools.com/products/adobe-cs5-price-sheet.html

 

Dave

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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@melindah1697582 wrote:

Wonder how many other customers Adobe has lost since switching to subscription only?


 

Adobe probably lost thousands of customers who did not want to pay for a subscription. That is understandable; I try to limit the number of subscriptions in my own life and I’m about to quit Netflix because they’re raising the monthly fee again, while the content I really want to watch has moved elsewhere.

 

Adobe made a business decision. They knew very well that they would lose thousands of customers who were anti-subscription. But what they bet on was possibly gaining tens of thousands of customers. If they were right, it would be well worth it. Turns out they were right: Since switching to subscription, Adobe revenues and their stock price have gone up at a much higher rate than before, increasing every year since the switch.

 

The nice thing is that for those who refuse to subscribe, there are many photo editing alternatives today. They cost less than Photoshop, and they run much better on current computers than Photoshop CS6 because their code is up to date. If you don’t actually need the exact current feature set of Photoshop, there are many choices out there that are cheap or free, and some of those compete very well with Photoshop CS6.

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Explorer ,
Feb 07, 2021 Feb 07, 2021

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Thanks for doing the workaround.  That's what we all need, workaround options. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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When you're an artist/designer/coder (pro or hobby) and you can't make the monthly (€ 60,49 including VAT, or US$ 52.99, for a 12 month commitment) from sites like for example 99designs, Toptal, Peopleperhour, Dribbble, Linkedinprofinder, Designhill, Fiverr, Guru, Upwork, Creative Market, Graphic River, Photodune, Mojomarketplace, Designcrowd, Brandcrowd, Freelancer, Workana, etc, etc, etc, then you should reconsider the direction that you're going. Or maybe quit altogether.

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New Here ,
Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Who said anything about not being able to make that money Robert. That's a very arogant statement.

 

Some people have other costs and priorities in their lives and it doesn't take much to push their financial commitments over the edge. 

 

You have no idea what their mortgages, number of dependants, financial outgoings etc etc are so leave your arrogance at home please and don't make sarcastic comments on this channel. It helps no one and does you no favours.

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Community Beginner ,
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Who said anything about not being able to make that money Robert. That's a very arogant statement.

By @Mohamed5C41

 

How about the following ?

Arrogance in the first line. And than this professional admits that he can't afford US$53 or €60.49 every month :

 

..... But like one of the others said, It is ALL ABOUT GREED!!!!

 

....., because I am a professional who uses Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign on a daily basis. It really sucks, because I can't afford to pay the monthly fee for current versions of the Adobe suites!!!

By @Ramon Masongsong
https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/photoshop-cs6-not-opening-in-big-sur-update-for-mac/m-p/119... 

 

Some people have other costs and priorities in their lives and it doesn't take much to push their financial commitments over the edge. 

 

You have no idea what their mortgages, number of dependants, financial outgoings etc etc are so leave your arrogance at home please and don't make sarcastic comments on this channel. It helps no one and does you no favours.


By @Mohamed5C41

 

These people can keep on financially overcommitting. All they have to do is register at one or more of the websites (or others) that I mentioned. And earn US$53 or €60.49 every month.

You are exactly the same : whinge and mope about a changed business model and monthly cost.

How did you and the other negatives with so much overciommitment, afford to pay for the Creative Suite versions ? Piracy ?

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