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Adobe CS6 Trial Downloads: Direct Links (no Manager or Assistant)

[UPDATE (June 2014) – These still work to download the CS6 trials. We also now have Adobe's all-new CC 2014 Direct Download Links!]

Creative Suite 6 is now available for instant download and direct shipping, and there are many important differences in this release compared to Creative Suite 5, including hundreds of new features added to the individual applications.

Get Adobe CS6 Now

Here we’ve put together a complete set of Adobe CS6 direct download links for all the new products (Windows and Mac OS), for instant easy access and the ability to use your own download manager or download assistant if you have any difficulty with what Adobe normally employs and need to get the trials without it…

Whether you’re considering buying a full version or will be upgrading from a prior CS release, or even if you’re getting a volume license or joining the Creative Cloud, you can always use these free trials to install, run, and activate the CS6 software on your system, without needing to reinstall.  All of these CS6 trials will run fully for 30 (or possibly 60!) free days after initial launch.

Where available, we’ve also linked the free CS6 Extra Content downloads (aka Additional or Functional Content).  Direct links for both the Adobe Muse 30-day trial plus the completely FREE, full Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 are offered as well.

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Download New Adobe CC 2014 Free Trials (Direct Links)

Below is a table for CS6 trials in major languages. These links go to the auth­entic and original CS6 files residing on Adobe’s servers, are guaranteed genuine, safe, and will not change. For Windows, each program consists of up to two files, an .exe and a 7-Zip file (.7z). The .exe file will only work when the .7z file is also fully downloaded and resides in the same location. For the Mac, it’s just a single .dmg file for each program.

The supported Language Sets vary by product. The Western Euro­pean languages can include French/Français, German/Deutsch, Dutch/Nederlands, Italian/Italiano, Spanish/Español, Portuguese/Português, Danish/Dansk, Finnish/Suomi, Swedish/Svenska & Norwegian/Norsk. To see which product supports which languages, visit the main Adobe trials page and then click on the selection menu for whichever product(s) you’d like to try – it will tell you which languages are currently available.



Related: Which option is right for you? Compare Adobe CS6 vs. Creative Cloud

Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct Download Links
CC 2014
Acrobat XI
Captivate 8
Lightroom 5
Elements 13

You need to have a free Adobe account and be logged into it to use the links below, as Adobe sets a session cookie on your browser that allows you to access the direct download links. Otherwise, you will receive an “access denied” or “resume your download” message prevent­ing the connection. So please follow these instructions carefully or the links will not work!

  1. Adobe recommends temporarily turning off any surfing restrictions you might have running, like site or cookie blocking, filtering, firewalls or antivirus software.
  2. Click «HERE» to visit this page first, before clicking any of the links in the table below – this is critical!
  3. If asked, sign in with your Adobe ID or take a minute to create one for yourself.
  4. Now close any windows that popped up and cancel any downloads that started.
  5. OK! Now you’re logged in at Adobe with the trials cookie set, so you can instantly download any of the software below. Just make sure you have enough disk space.
  6. Download the files either by clicking directly on the DDL links, or by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” on the popup menu – and save all files to the same place.
  7. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

Creative Suite 6 – Adobe CS6 Download Links

Adobe CS6
Direct Downloads
 
Size
WindowsMac
EnglishWestern EuropeEnglishEurope
Photoshop CS61.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Illustrator CS61.8 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Dreamweaver CS6272 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Fireworks CS6438 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
InDesign CS6879 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
InCopy CS6638 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Flash Professional CS61.1 GBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Flash Builder 4.71.0 GBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Premiere Pro CS61.1 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
After Effects CS6997 MBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
Audition CS6223 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Prelude CS6488 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
SpeedGrade CS695 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Adobe Muse32 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Adobe Edge Animate143 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Acrobat X Pro465 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Adobe Camera Raw 8.6151 MBFile 1 File 1 File 1File 1
Creative Suites
CS6 Master Collection6.2 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS6 Design & Web Prem4.5 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS6 Design Standard3.7 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1
CS6 Production Prem5.8 GBFile 1File 2File 1File 2File 1File 1

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

All of these trials are supported on Mac OS X or Windows (32-bit x86 and 64-bit x64), with the exception of After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, and SpeedGrade CS6 which are 64-bit only. For more, see the complete set of system requirements for Creative Suite 6.

If you need or want the newer Acrobat XI (released Oct. 2012) instead of Acrobat X which comes bundled in the CS6 suites, then see our Acrobat XI Direct Download Links.

Note there is no separate trial download for Photoshop CS6 “Standard” – the trial is always the Extended version (having all Photoshop features including 3D and motion-based content), and then you decide which version you’d like to keep at time of product purchase.

You do not need to uninstall previous versions of Creative Suite; some users prefer to keep the older, familiar version(s) around as they come up to speed with the new product’s features, and some folks have CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS6 all on one computer.

We suggest using a browser other than Internet Explorer to download the files above. They can be quite large and IE has been known to drop the extension (like “.exe”) from the Windows filename. If this happens and you can’t open a file, then just rename it to add back the extension. But generally, using Firefox or Chrome will work better – and if you have any issues getting the downloads to work with one browser, then try another.

*** Note: If you have any problems getting the files to download or install, be sure to read the earlier comments on this page – as most questions have already been asked and answered below!

Adobe CS6 Extra Content

This is Extra Content (also called Functional Content) that Adobe bundles with some CS6 applications. It is technically optional and not required to run the main products, but will improve your experience if you can take the time to download and add it to your installation.

What’s included in this free additional content are typically media assets, templates, tutorials, documentation, fonts, footage, sample files and projects, and so on. If you own a suite, you can download the bundle for that plus whichever applications are in it.

  • InDesign CS6 Extra Content (130 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • Illustrator CS6 Extra Content (112 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • Premiere Pro / Encore CS6 Extra Content (733 MB)
              Windows:  File 1   File 2      Mac:  File 1
  • After Effects CS6 Extra Content
              AE content will be migrated to the After Effects Exchange.
  • Adobe Audition Content Download Extras
              This contains thousands of royalty-free audio sound effects and music loop files.

See Also

New Adobe CC 2014 Direct Download Links: All Free Trials

Did these links work for you? Hope they helped out; please let us know with a comment below…  Do you have any questions about CS6 or CC? Just ask us and we’ll get you answers fast!

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  1. Laura

    I’m trying to download on a mac but whenever I click the links, the resulting page just states:

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/DSGN/CS6/osx10/DesignStandard_CS6_LS16.dmg” on this server.
    Reference #18.ac04503f.1411316795.189d8ebf

    how do I get around this?

    • Simple – you’ve got to read and follow these download instructions above (required by Adobe) before you click, otherwise you’ll get that exact message every time.

      If you have any difficulties after doing that, try a different web browser, another computer, or Internet connection.

      If you’re still stuck, check out this list of download tips we put together.

      Then to complete the installation, you must have Administrator privileges on your computer, plus your antivirus software must allow you to install programs.

  2. jenny

    having a problem downloading the photo shop cs6 trial

    • Hi Jenny, please see the previous comment, just above yours.

      Also, make sure you’re not blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs – or running blocking utilities like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect. Adobe recommends temporarily turning those things off.

      If that doesn’t help, then please post more details on the exact issue you’re having (including the exact text of any messages) – thanks!

  3. Me
  4. Katie

    Hi, so originally when I tried to download the windows version, chrome kept dropping the “.exe” label and it would pop up as unreadable. However, once I jumped that hurdle my computer is now saying “the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable”.

    I haven’t found any comments that have asked about this problem (I’ll keep looking but 20 minutes of searching through repeated comments I haven’t found any), so I’m not sure what the next step is. I tried downloading it in internet explorer and firefox but both are doing the same thing. Can you help? Thanks!

  5. Samantha

    Hi,
    So when I finally downloaded the photshop file on windows, I tried to open the file and it aid there were a few archives missing.
    What kind of archives does it want to download?

  6. luke

    hi.

    I am unable to run the CS6 trial as it keeps coming up with the file archive of the file is missing.

    I have downloaded both files but the one that is supposed to be zipped is just coming up as a text file, so I’m unable to extract the file.

    Any help would be appreciated

  7. luke

    Please ignore post. My file extensions were hidden, which I have now sorted and been able to change.

  8. latafata

    Hello, i downloaded After Effects CS6 last night from the above link.

    After unzipping and running from the setup file, it says
    “This product can only be installed in 64bit version of Windows.”

    I am using WinXP 32bit, is After Effects CS6 available for 64bit only?

    Anyone had this problem? Is there a 32bit version available, is there a link for that?

    Please help me here.

  9. Shane

    hi, just want to ask is it normal to take 3 hours or more? i just feel like the download bar isn’t moving, thanks!

  10. latafata

    @ProDesignTools

    Thank you for clearing that up. I was hoping CS5 or CS6 would come in 32bit. Guess I will have to get new 64bit hardware.

  11. latafata

    Where is a link for Photoshop CS6 Extended? I have downloaded this file PhotoshopCS6_LS16.7z, but it’s not the Extended version.

    Could you please redirect me to the PS Extended version. It’s very confusing.

  12. latafata

    I got it, the one i downloaded from the above link was the Extended version…

    I had installed it on windows xp, which failed to show the 3D tab – whereas when i installed it on Win 7, i could see the 3D composite tab.

    Thank you.

  13. Joann

    I downloaded CS6, and any program I try to open it with gives me an error message.

  14. Joann

    Hello there. When I go to downloads and click on CS6, it then asks me how I want to open the file and lists Adobe reader, windows media player, one note…etc. Any that I click on says that it is not supported.

    • Well, it sounds like your browser may have dropped the file extensions from your downloads, which can happen sometimes (especially with Internet Explorer)… If your computer is telling you it doesn’t have a file association, or doesn’t know how to open a file, then that’s probably what happened.

      So to fix that, on Windows, make sure both files are in the same folder – with the first one being a “.exe” file and the second a “.7z” file. If not, then rename them back to restore those extensions.

      Then try again to run or double-click the .exe file to start the installation process.

  15. Joann

    I will give it a try. Thank you.

  16. Joann
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