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8 Years of ProDesignTools: Our Most Popular Adobe Posts and Tips

This month we’re celebrating our 8th anniversary here at PDT, and proud of it! So it seems the perfect time to put together a comprehensive review of the best and most-shared articles and resources published here since our site launched in 2009.

These are the top posts that consistently have the highest readership on our site, month after month, covering all major Adobe software products…  They’re broken out by topic below in case you’ve missed any, or are new here – so bookmark, share, and enjoy!

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Creative Cloud (CC)

Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Suite

Adobe CS6 Master Collection

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat Pro/Standard

Photoshop/Premiere Elements

Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements

Students & Teachers

Adobe Discounted Education Versions

Direct Download Links

Adobe Software Direct Download Links

General How-to’s

Everything Else


What’s missing? Anything that you’d like us to cover? Any burning questions you’ve got on Adobe applications? Just let us know in the comments below and we’ll get you answers…

Its been a great eight years so far, and were looking forward to an even better (and bigger) next eight years!

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  1. Ruth

    I have a macbook pro running on El Capitan with 8 GB of RAM and a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7. I am trying to install Lightroom 1.1 from CD. I need it for a class I am taking and if I do not have to invest any additional money to use the software, I would prefer not to until I know I will use the software in the future. I also have photoshop CS6 on the computer. I got a successful install message. When I try to open the program, it does not open properly and the program does not operate. I was never prompted to input my serial number. Is there a way to install this older version?

    • Not sure Ruth, but our guess is it would be unlikely that Adobe software written almost ten years ago (the first version of Lightroom came out in early 2007) would work on a modern Mac operating system…

      You can try googling the exact text of any error message you received and see if that helps – but because the application is so old there are almost certain to be significant incompatibilities with a recent Apple o/s (which are notorious for dropping support of older interfaces).

      Certainly the newest/latest version of Lightroom should work properly and smoothly on your computer, and you might consider checking out a free trial of that to see how it goes:

      As an added resource, you may also like this free Lightroom Primer book to help get going and learn how to best use the program.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Reza Mahendra KM

    Adobe updates its Creative Cloud apps, you might want to make article or something about it. Adobe CC 2017.

    I really like this site btw, you provide download links for CC 2015 and updates (& more). And would you mind adding CC 2017?

  3. Luis Antonio de Matos Garcia

    Bought the perpetual version of dc adobe pro 2015 and want to download the 545 MB version and when I click open the 1.2 gb

  4. InDesign CC 2014 (64-bit) 455 MB **** File 2

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/IDSN/10/win64/InDesign_10_LS20_Win64.7z” on this server.
    Reference #18.54037e40.1481834436.53316dd

    Is this software still available for download somewhere? Although I can download the x32 bit version from the link above it the x64 bit link gives the above error message. — The PC the software was on crashed and had to be reloaded and somehow we don’t have the original software anymore; just our serial key. Thank you.

  5. Hi,

    I have bought the Adobe CS3 version years ago but since I have changed numerous computers and laptops and I ran out of installations. I am interested to upgrade to CS6 but I don’t know if you do upgrades. I am an university student. I am not interested to subscribe to the Creative Cloud.

    • Hi Elena, unfortunately we don’t have the ability to fix licensing or activation issues with the software – it’s beyond our power and control… You have to contact Adobe Customer Support about those kinds of questions; only they can help:

      (via live online chat is usually fastest/easiest)

      You could ask them to reset the product activations for your serial number, and see if that helps you.

      Regarding upgrading to CS6, Adobe stopped selling Creative Suite 6 standalone on their website last year… The reason is because CS6 is almost 5 years old now (from spring 2012) and increasingly unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it last summer as the newer CC rapidly grew and took over.

      With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on the latest or future operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

      So really the only path forward for Adobe is CC, which are considered much better tools. With Creative Cloud, all ongoing upgrades, compatibility updates and product additions are always included – so becoming obsolete will never happen. The monthly payments are also more budget-friendly in the new model than in the old CS model – where the software used to cost many hundreds or often thousands of dollars upfront, and never evolved.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Elena

    Thank you for your answer. It does help.

  7. Beatz

    @ProDesignTools, can you send me a link for Dreamweaver 2015 offline version x64? I tried to use the links from your site. It gives me the error ”access forbidden”.

  8. Beatz

    Aha, I skipped the sign-in part so that’s the reason why I didn’t have access. Thank you very much for giving us opportunity to get trials of older editions 😋

  9. mike

    hi, I am looking in to getting cc2017 and I was wondering if I could just buy the cd instead of doing it over the net as I would like to have the hard copy.
    thank you for your time.

  10. Brian and Janet, I review dozens of Adobe-related posts nearly every day. I congratulate you on the best and most practical collection of useful links I have ever seen. Thank you for your diligent efforts on behalf of all Adobe customers.

    As we say here in Texas, y’all are awesome!

  11. JoEllen

    I have a full monthly Creative Cloud subscription on my MAC.
    Recently, my hard drive had to be replaced as NEW.

    All my programs are gone and must be reinstalled etc.
    I need to load all my tools and continue with my account at the full $49.99 subscription. I don’t know how else to notify you and get the live assistance that I need.

    HELP…. what now?

    Thanks much,

  12. Mark

    I have been using CS6 for a while now, and it’s a great product. We have Adobe licenses for that and a few other non-cloud apps.

    We have need for a video editing software for some ongoing project work, and the person handing over the project to us is using Premiere Pro through Creative Cloud. He also uses Lightroom some. (He’s a student that had all of that provided by the school).

    I’m wondering if we can get a CC subscription with just those programs, and not mess up the current licensing and local installs of CS6. If we try to set up CC with Premiere Pro / Lightroom, will Adobe try to consolidate everything under one license and “mess things up”? I really don’t want that. The CC software will be installed on a different PC than where the CS6 is installed, but on the same network.


    • Hey Mark, you can definitely sign up for only the CC apps you want to use via Adobe’s Single-App Subscription Plans.

      And if you install the CC software on different systems than where CS6 is installed, then they will operate completely independently.

      If you were to install the CC tools on the same systems as CS6, then the CS6 licenses would still also continue to work properly, and you could have both versions on a single computer… The only thing to remember is if you later uninstall CC from those machines, then you would simply need to reactivate CS6 standalone on those computers.

      Hope that answers your question.

  13. Mark

    Are you resellers of Adobe products, or just one of the best repositories of information out there for all things Adobe?

  14. Henrik


    Now the new update for the CC Desktop App has come with a new version (, when is that going to be added here so i can download it and use it in my sccm deployment?


    • Yes, we are waiting for the direct download link for this new version of the CC Desktop App to be available as well… Adobe has not yet released the offline installer for it yet. We will have it here as soon as that happens!

  15. Gig

    I just want the DIRECT link to download cs6. we lost our disk and changed computers. do we need to install the trial version? every time we click the direct link, we cannot find the actual link.

  16. Neeraj


    Can you provide the download link for InDesign CC 2017 offline installer, please?


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