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ProDesignTools Greatest Hits: Our Best Adobe Articles & Tips Ever

With one year wrapped up and a new one just beginning, it seemed a great time to put together a comprehensive review of the best and most-shared posts 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!

Free Adobe Books

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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…

It’s been a great eight years so far, and we’re looking forward to an even better 2017 – Happy New Year!

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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.

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