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FAQ: Prior major releases of Premiere, Audition, Prelude and AME have been removed

Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 18, 2017 Nov 18, 2017

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It looks like Adobe has just pulled many of the primary installers that were available for previous major versions of Premiere Pro, Audition, Prelude, and Adobe Media Encoder (AME).

 

Notably the following base releases are now gone, and not currently available to customers via any means (whether using the Creative Cloud Desktop app or through direct download links😞

 

— Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 (versions 10.3 & 10.4 – June 2016)

— Premiere Pro CC 2015 (version 9.0 June 2015)

— Premiere Pro CC 2014 (version 8.0 June 2014)

 

— Audition CC 2015.2 (versions 9.2 & 9.2.1 June 2016)

— Audition CC 2015 (version 8.0 June 2015)

— Audition CC 2014 (version 7.0 June 2014)

 

— Prelude CC 2015.4 (versions 5.0 & 5.0.1 June 2016)

— Prelude CC 2015 (version 4.0 June 2015)

— Prelude CC 2014 (version 3.0 June 2014)

 

— Media Encoder CC 2015.3 (versions 10.3 & 10.4 June 2016)

— Media Encoder CC 2015 (version 9.0 June 2015)

— Media Encoder CC 2014 (version 8.0 June 2014)

 

Note that this loss affects all revisions from these three years (2014, 2015, and 2016), because without the base installers available, none of the minor version updates can be installed either.

 

Can't say for sure why this happened, but it could possibly be related to the recent change in CC application support for the Dolby codec.

 

One of the great promises of Creative Cloud is the ability to use any version of the CC apps that you desire or require. This is especially important for video customers, who are urged by Adobe experts to install and maintain multiple CC versions and to always re-open their .prproj files with the exact same versions of Premiere with which they were created, no matter how new or old. This is for compatibility reasons.

 

Updating and Backing Up Premiere Pro Project Files: Best Practices

 

The loss of these major releases could also be a big issue for customers who cannot upgrade, for example, due to changed system requirements or newer versions that their current hardware cannot support. They will not be able to access or reinstall older versions of their software.

 

Adobe also sometimes drops features or functionality between releases, and says that if you want to use the discontinued feature, then you need to go back and install/use the previous version.

 

 

If you would like to have these three years of CC releases restored, then the most likely path to having that happen is to let Adobe know how important these are to you (their customers) – so please share why you want or need them...

 

Please add your feedback below, and/or click "I have the same question" underneath this text.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 27, 2019 Apr 27, 2019

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Adobe Premiere Pro System Requirements

Not sure why you cannot run newer releases (CC 2017/2018/2019) if you think your system can support them; you'd have to post more details (in a separate/new thread) in order for us to help you with that... Try to be as specific as possible about any errors or messages you receive.

Since CC 2015 and CC 2014 are not available, could you possibly run CC 2013 instead? It's older, but at least that version is still available.

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Participant ,
May 08, 2019 May 08, 2019

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Premiere Pro CC 2014 is the last version to enable speech analysis. That's the only reason I need it. Guess I'll have to go back to 2013 instead. Wish I'd kept a copy of the 2014 installer.

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LEGEND ,
May 09, 2019 May 09, 2019

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You may be able to find other software that can do the job.  It may even do the job better.  Adobe's implementation was never all that...useful.

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LEGEND ,
May 09, 2019 May 09, 2019

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Here's the problem:

Effective this past Monday, most older versions of Premiere Pro CC were labeled as "unauthorized." This means that all CC subscribers have now permanently lost the license to run any version of Premiere Pro CC older than the 2018 version; therefore, those older CC versions in question are now no longer available. CS6 remains available for download, but only for those Adobe customers who had already paid the full price for a perpetual license.

UPDATE: The above applies to volume users of Creative Cloud subscriptions. Individuals now have a separate notice that now restricts all Creative Cloud app availability to the last two major releases only. That means only the most recent build of last year's version (CC 2018) and all released builds of the current year's version (Premiere Pro 2019) are available.

I'm sorry that this is of no help whatsoever for your dilemma, but you will now have to find an alternative program that's legitimate for your intended purpose from another company.

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New Here ,
Jul 17, 2019 Jul 17, 2019

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Thank uou

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 03, 2019 Nov 03, 2019

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This is not acceptable. I have paid for Adobe cc since its release in 2013 and expect them to be able to download older versions, specifically the speech to text version of adobe premiere 8.1

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 18, 2020 Jan 18, 2020

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Soom,

 

Which features did you feel were removed for "no clear reason" ... ?

 

Dolby Laboratories has gone to the lawyers with several companies, not only Adobe, so the Dolby audio thing was something that happened in several other apps as well. Yea, totally a pain for us users. But once The Suits get involved, and common sense goes out the window.

 

So what has hurt your workflow recently? Maybe we can offer some help.

 

Neil

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Participant ,
Jan 19, 2020 Jan 19, 2020

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Hi Neil

Well - easy - one of my recent discoveries (reason why I wrote here this angry reply): Adobe Animate can only import video in FLV format.  Most of my videos are in MOV format, so when I try to import a video into Adobe Animate, it sends me to Media Encoder to convert this video to FLV. Surprize surprize - there is NO(!) FLV format in AME! So - first question - why does it suggest to use AME? and second - what am I supposed to do? I have no way to import a video into Animate using Adobe software. Really?! A software that is dedicated to animation cannot import a video? I was long time a beta tester for Adobe Animate, and some good changes were done with my participation, and I appreciate the great work and effort that the developers are doing now to bring Animate up to the professional animation level (although I think it still laks some important features), but such basic features like not being able to import a video is simply not acceptable! Finally I had to use some online conversion tool, that created the FLV for me. Imagine converting dozens of files like that...

 

One more discovery was the new Brushes and Erasers system in Adobe Photoshop that so many people complain about, but Adobe wouldn't listen. Ever since beginning of times Photoshop used the same brushes for Painting and Erasing. I mean - I could just use any brush as a brush or as an eraser. Ever since 2018 it's not the case any more. Now I need to create a preset for each tool separately - long and painful process – and I cannot use a brush as an eraser anymore. Why the heck did anybody ever thought about changing something that worked perfectly for more than 20 years?! It's like taking a car and deciding - Ok, let's do something new.. hmm - what? well - let's put the clutch instead of the gas pedal, and the gas pedal instead of the steering wheel, and the steering wheel at the passenger seat, and tell everybody we made a new better car.

This is the reason I have to stay with Photoshop 2017, and never update it again as long as I can.

 

I still have disks with some really old Adobe software, that I thought I would never need again, but the way it is going, I am afraid it's a good thing I kept them...

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New Here ,
Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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I currently have Windows 8.1 and a year-long subscription to Adobe Cloud. But what's the point if they don't support any older versions? It's insane to me. What am I supposed to do with all of my projects? Do I have to update my OS just for this app? And what will happen to all my project files if I try to update them into a newer version. 

I'm just very confused and unhappy about this decision and hope they bring the older versions back soon.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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As another user and long-time computer user for business, I hear you. Our first business computer was around 1988. I've got a drawer for the heck, of it near filled with installation disks from expensive programs ... like I think I spent over $500 for a dBase version around early 90's. Hasn't been anyone able to work with dBase for years, dead dead dead. I've got quite a few long-gone apps that had our business & client data in them. Sometimes when they went "poof" we could migrate most things forward ... sometimes ... not so much.

 

Operating systems never ever last more than a few years. Win8.1 is a dinosaur. I loved XP ... went from that to Win7. Then from that to 10. Set up right, there's really no working difference between 7 & 10. Except a couple older machines we brought up to 10 worked a lot faster than they had in Win7. One of them was supposedly "incapable" of using Win10, but actually it gave that rig another usable year of life.

 

No company ever brings back older versions. Period, end of story. They are gone. And the OS makers really push especially the large vendors to not allow the use of their apps on 'deprecated' versions because as they are not supporting them for security fixes any more, they don't want them in use.

 

It's Life.

 

Neil

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