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Adobe CS6 Trials: Direct Download Links (no Manager or Assistant)

[UPDATE – Some of these still work to download the old CS6 trials (plus Edge Animate 1.5), but Adobe has recently taken down many links… However, you can also now get the all-new Creative Cloud 2021 Direct Download Links!]

[UPDATE (Jan. 2017) – Adobe just stopped selling CS6 entirely – here’s why.]

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.

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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 more) 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 (to install Edge Animate, see these tips).

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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, legal, 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.

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Note: Very Important Instructions

More Direct
Download Links
CC 2021
CC 2019
Acrobat DC 2020
Captivate 2019
Lightroom 6/CC
Elements 2021

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 “no permission” message block­ing 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 (free).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Then follow the product installation instructions here.

Creative Suite 6 – Adobe CS6 Download Links

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Adobe CS6
Direct Downloads
 
Size
Windows Mac
English Western Europe English Europe
Illustrator CS6 1.8 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Photoshop CS6 1.1 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Dreamweaver CS6 272 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Fireworks CS6 438 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
InDesign CS6 879 MB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
InCopy CS6 638 MB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Flash Pro CS6 1.1 GB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Flash Builder 4.7 1.0 GB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Premiere Pro CS6 1.1 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
After Effects CS6 997 MB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
Audition CS6 223 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Prelude CS6 488 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
SpeedGrade CS6 95 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Adobe Muse 32 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Edge Animate 1.5 143 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Acrobat X Pro 465 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Camera Raw 9.1.1 220 MB File 1   File 1   File 1 File 1
Creative Suites
CS6 Master Collection 6.2 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
CS6 Design & Web Premium 4.5 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
CS6 Design Standard 3.7 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1
CS6 Production Premium 5.8 GB File 1 File 2 File 1 File 2 File 1 File 1

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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.

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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.

  • Illustrator CS6 Extra Content (112 MB)
              Windows:  File 1                  Mac:  File 1
  • InDesign CS6 Extra Content (130 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.

Adobe CS6 Updates

If you already have the CS6 application(s) installed and are trying to download the available product updates, then you’ll find them on this Updates page.

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  1. @Bryan

    BTW, you’ve also included a separate AcrobatX update page. I can’t find that page anymore – did you remove it? I’d like to have those updates links as well…

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  2. @malchick743

    So the After Effects CS6 updates are there. Also the link to the Acrobat X updates and the all-at-once batch updater link is in the middle of the text of that page.

    If you can access the CS6 updates page, you can scroll down and Click on SoCalBryan and it will take you to my archive page where you can select the archive for the Acrobat updates.

    So it took many weeks of searching the internet, the Internet Archive, to find the updates. Then more weeks to download them.

    I am not a MAC user, so I will not at this point be including those updates. It’s really useless anyway, as any new Mac OS will not support CS6 purposefully down by Apple.

    As far as the earlier CS versions, someone else will have to do it.

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  3. @Bryan
    Yes, sorry for the confusion — I did locate your AcroX update pack and DL’ed it.

    But the After Effects updates… still an issue as the patches apparently only apply to trial versions. Which was why I was asking, where are the patches for the retail versions?

    So you’re right about the Mac situation. Unfortunately there exists a plethora of users having to stick to older Mac hardware and thus older OSX systems for specific work, e.g., film scanning where the scanners can only run on older software and system.

    Kudos again for your effort. But yes, it sucks to see Adobe removing all these legacy resources a few years ago, without prior warning. They should’ve informed customers (esp. of older software versions) that online update and patch downloads are not forever, and warn them to download any resources beforehand.

    But even worse, they’ve failed to repack all software updates into one executable file for each of such applications. Had they done that, I’m sure the total update patches wouldn’t be this big (~9.9GB). Which was possibly why, many people would find manually downloading the patches cumbersome, and instead relied on the online update system — until it’s too late and all Hell broke loose.

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  4. So I just updated After Effects to version 11.0.4.2 using the Trial updates. I’ve also updated the CS6 update archive with directions for installing CS6 AAM6.2, and then the updates. The trial updates are the correct ones. There are no others for After Effects.

    If you haven’t applied the Application Manager 6.2 update now included in the CS6 update archive, then you won’t be able to apply the updates.

    Adobe Application Manager 6.2 for CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 needs to be installed before applying updates to Creative Suite 6. The filename is ApplicationManager6.2_all.exe in the archive.

    If you cannot apply updates to CS6, then AAM already self-updated to a Creative Cloud version. If this is the case, then you will have to uninstall CS6 and delete the folder at “C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe” and then reinstall.

    You have to disconnect from the Internet during your Creative Suite 6 installation. Apply AAM 6.2, then apply the updates all offline.

    After installation, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\core and rename PDapp.exe to Pdapp.exe.bak so it won’t be able to do any future updates.

    Then reconnect to the Internet.

    Reply
  5. @malchick743

    Well Adobe updates are cumulative and you only have to apply the last one to get all the changes.

    Also the trial version software is identical to the full versions, so there’s no difference in the updates.

    Reply
  6. RJ:

    Also the trial version software is identical to the full versions, so there’s no difference in the updates.

    Ahhh, So you figured that out, did ya. Just said that above and before in other posts. Glad you finally figured it out. I presume after the AAM 6.2 is installed, you were able to finally use the AE trial updates to update your CS6 After Effects.

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  7. RJ:

    Well Adobe updates are cumulative and you only have to apply the last one to get all the changes.

    So I do not know if that’s true. Which is why I put all the official updates in one easy-to-access location. They will be preserved on the Internet Archive that way. If for some reason installing the very last update version doesn’t work for someone, they have access to all of them.

    If that’s the case, that would indeed be the bees knees and would save a lot of updating.

    As far as the trial versions being the same as the retail. That’s been that way since the initial releases of the updates and was the point of me explaining above that they worked. Glad you finally caught on.

    Reply
  8. Got the master cs6 collection and it’s not showing the installation option – it’s appearing blocked and asking for it to be upgraded to work on a 2020 MacBook Air.

    Reply

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