Hello Adobe Community, I hope someone can give me a definitive answer to this. I have a full license to the Creative Suite CS6 that I purchased and have registered in my name since late 2013. I'm a professional traveling photographer and it has been my primary production tool on my Macbook Air which it has always been installed in since late 2013. CS6 is still my primary production tool as I don't have Internet in my home and any subscription service is unaffordable at this time. My Macbook Air has battery issues and is now a liability and I must upgrade. I'm only looking at new Macbooks because I own this CS6 suite already and it still meets all of my needs and then some. I will only invest in a new Macbook if I know for a fact that my existing license will transer to a new a computer. I don't have installation CD's, I purchased a digital download version of my software from Adobe. Can this be done? I've heard conflicting answers some saying no, because Adobe will no longer honor the old software. If I can transfer, what will be the steps I need to take? Thank you very, very much for your help.
Your new Mac will be running macOS Catalina which has zero support for 32 bit software. It will only install and run 64 bit apps.
Although Photoshop CS6 comes in 64 bit, unfortunately the installer and other components are 32 bit so CS6 will not install or run on Catalina. Adobe has no plans to make CS6 Catalina-comptaible.
In fact, Adobe states that only Photoshop CC versions 20.x and 21.x (current) will run on Catalina. Any prior version - including CS6 version 13.x - will not.
Also Perpetual Photoshop licenced were for either Windows or for Mac. So you can not switch to Windows and user you Mac CS6 serial. You need to use an old version of OSX.
Apple and Adobe don't care about compatibility in fact compatibility problems help them get new sales.
Well I'm less inclined to lay this particular one on Apple. They gave developers 10+ years to switch to 64 bit. They really stepped up the campaign 3 years ago with Mojave and dropped 32 bit support entirely with Catalina.
Adobe did all the 64 bit work on their core apps but none on the legacy installers. In my view, they leveraged this to force Catalina users to their Cloud plans. In fact, if you have a Mac with Mojave and CS6 already installed then upgrade to Catalina, you can still run CS6, although I'm not sure if it will run 100%.
Thank you JJMack, that I do only have a Mac license, so that is what I suspected. Thanks.
Thnank you John for that thorough reply. I did upgrade my Macbook Air to Mojave and continue to run to my CS6 without issue, so I'm still very happy in those regards. I just don't trust this current Mac to hold out that much longer. If you buy a new Mac though, can one opt to run an older operating system like Mojave, or can you not go backwards, or downgrade like you recommend?
>> If you buy a new Mac though, can one opt to run an older operating system like Mojave, or can you not go backwards, or downgrade like you recommend?
If you buy a new Mac, you'll have Catalina pre-installed.
If you really want to stick with CS6 and reinstall it, then you can downgrade to Mojave:
You'll then have to download the CS6 installer. Adobe should provide a link in your Adobe account.
If not, you can download from:
Have a good hard think about running CS6 though. You'll be using 8 year old software on a brand new cutting edge Mac. All CS6 development has long ceased and Adobe regards it as a dead product so there's no support. Also it won't open Raw files from today's digital cameras so you'll be forced to use the DNG converter after every single shoot.
The Photography Plan is $9.99/month for the very latest Photoshop and Lightroom and full support on Catalina.
I also recommend you check your existing apps and see how many are 32 bit. None of them will run on Catalina so see if 64 bit versions are available.
Thanks again, that is all extremely helpful. I agree, it is not ideal to run 8 year old software on a brand new Mac or to downgrade just to do so, but at least I know it is possible if I were to go that route. I've already been converting all my RAW files to DNGs for years now, so that's no concern. For me it will be a decision between a new Mac and keeping the CS6 that I'm familiar with and which I still find perfectly adequate for my workflow, or going with two entirely new non-subscription softwares on a new Mac or PC, such as Davinci Resolve for film editing and something like Capture One for photo workflow. Thanks again for the links and this advice, I really appreciate it.
I am pretty sure a new mac shipping with Catalina installed will not be able to be downgraded. You defintiely need to find that out and confirm before putting down the cash.
Slightly older models are often still available at great prices. I often go that way myself. I am not an early adopter by any means, been bitten to many times with software incompatibies on upgrading.
I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement.net
>> I am pretty sure a new mac shipping with Catalina installed will not be able to be downgraded.
Classic Apple. Looks like it depends on which Mac you buy. And it's not for the faint-hearted.
According to this website: "downgrading a new Mac from Catalina to 10.14 Mojave is possible for models other than the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 2019 Mac Pro."
Hi, I'm also trying to figure how to get an older stand alone Photoshop CS version to run on my Mac. I don't really like being charge a monthly fee. Still searching for this option, otherwise Krita seems to be a great free alternative.
New Mac, new apps, big budget. It's all part of the Joy of Mac.
A general note: new "M1" Macs cannot be downgraded from Big Sur. And in a couple of years they won't run ANY of the current apps, Apple have stated.