Photoshop CS6 not opening in Big Sur update for Mac

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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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>>>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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Photoshop CS6 not opening in Big Sur update for Mac

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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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Correct answer by John Waller | Adobe Community Professional

>>>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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>>>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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Thanks John, it is regrettable. I think Adobe let many of us down...I am disappointed in them. 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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No one is forcing you to update your Mac OS. You can very easily stay on the same OS that runs it.

Kevin Stohlmeyer Adobe Community Professional/Adobe Certified Instructor

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@kevin stohlmeyer I think we all know that already Kevin...thanks for that not-so-valuable insight! Maybe it would be helpful if Apple would let its potential updaters know that crucial apps might be rendered useless prior to urging us to update to the next version...that might help. It might also help if Adobe had discounted the subscription prices if you already had the software (like 6 versions, in my case). But corporate greed is the way of things now, I guess. 

 

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>>>Maybe it would be helpful if Apple would let its potential updaters know that crucial apps might be rendered useless prior to urging us to update to the next version...that might help.

 

Apple actually did just that. 32 bit support was not suddenly stopped out of the blue. Developers were given 10 years notice by Apple. Consumers were then given two years of notices and warnings in High Sierra and Mojave. Fun fact: 32 bit support was supposed to be dropped in Mojave but Apple could see that developers were not ready so support was extended to Mojave with more intrusive notices to consumers included. Hard to see what more Apple could have done.

Apple articleMacrumors article

 

Seems that most people are not really interested nor listening until the day it affects them directly when their favourite software will not run. Few people do any research before upgrading. They just try and fix things when they hit a snag. Unfortunately, there's no supported fix for running 32 bit apps on Catalina or Big Sur.

 

None of that will stop Apple and Adobe saturation marketing their latest products of course. So the cycle continues.

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Developers were given 10 years notice by Apple.

Developers may have been informed, but I sure wasn't. Fun fact: my Photoshop CS6 ran perfectly from High Sierra all the way through Catalina...yes Catalina! There was no reason for a non-Developer to suspect that it wouldn't keep running through Big Sur, except that Apple didn't notify its customers, nor did Adobe (but they gave up on us much before that). "Not really interested" customers, you say. Like there isn't enough going on in a person's life, that you insinuate that we should spend our lives researching software compatibilities. The vast majority of us just want software that works and want to be notified if we happen to change our operating system that somebody cares enough to let us know that there is a compatibility issue.

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>>>The vast majority of us just want software that works

 

Agreed. That includes me.

 

>>>and want to be notified if we happen to change our operating system that somebody cares enough to let us know that there is a compatibility issue.

 

I hear you but I've never known that to happen. From the info available online, Apple did their best to publicise the changes.

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I'm in the same boat John, I spent over 600 dollars for the CD and had it installed on my IMAC. Now with all updates it canceled the software out. I just through 600 dollars out the window. I have CS6 on windows 10, but I hate using windows. Leaves me no choice. Maybe I should revert back to 32 bit on my MAC, updates are not neccessary for the software. 

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Hello, I think that you can't even install CS6 on catalina as the installer is a 32bits apps.

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Hi PECourtejoie...read my hack above and look at YouTube for the hack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhnyYh_N9q4)

In this tutorial I am going to show you, how you can open the Photoshop CS6 in Mac Catalina. The issue with Catalina is that it no longer supports 64-bit app...

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Clearly, Adobe wants you to switch to "rent-ware."  A lot of software companies are headed in this direction, as it feeds their bottom line on a continuing basis.  There are alternatives to Photoshop, notably Affinity Photo.  There of course is a learning curve and some functions won't be available, but depending on your work flow, it might be worth your while to check it out.

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Move to Affinty softwares. Abode suite became bloated crapwares. The Affinity suite works soomthly and is quite cheaper. You can try it before buying the softwares. I stoped with Adobe at the CS6.

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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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I have purchased Affinity. However, I reverted my MAC to Mojave. I’m not
giving up my CS 6 on IMAC. So, I’ve decided to keep it. It is a shame that
I had to revert my iMac. I don’t use it much but only for ART design and
photo editing also video editing. Those monthly subscription doesn’t work
for me either. I wish I can throw 55 dollars a month but I needs my money.
Lol

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Hi SD777,

I’ve remained in Mojave also…  Too many problems and related costs to move on to other OS’s.  Also, the new chips will change everything anyway…

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