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CS6: Upgrades from Individual Applications to Suites Are Not Offered

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Adobe CS6: Can No Longer Upgrade from Single Tool to a Suite

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  1. “However, owners of any previous suite will still be able to upgrade to any available Creative Suite 6 suite. So if you own any CS3, CS4, or CS5 suite, you can upgrade to any CS6 suite edition no problem (for CS3 and CS4 owners only until the end of 2012, as mentioned earlier). CS2 and earlier software is too far back to qualify.”

    Does this also includes the Master Collection? This was always an upsell and this possibility is also skipped since CS6, I was told.

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    • Hi Ingrid, thanks for your question. Yes, it absolutely includes Master Collection – you can upgrade from any previous release of Master Collection (CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS5.5) to any CS6 suite, including Master Collection…

      Or, you can upgrade from any previous suite (all CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5 suites) to CS6 Master Collection.

      Bottom line, the price will vary but you can upgrade between any two suites you want across releases. Does that answer what you’d like to know?

  2. Okay, so I’m sure you covered this.. Maybe, but I just want to make it clear in my head.

    Can you upgrade just individual applications from a suite?

    Our example:
    Currently own a CS 5.5 suite, wanting ONLY to upgrade Premiere Pro to CS6. (Everything else remains the CS5.5 version.)

    Is this possible?

    Reply
    • Welcome Jemma, great question, thanks for asking. According to Adobe’s Creative Suite FAQ, under “Purchasing policies”:

      Q: Am I eligible for upgrade pricing from a previous Creative Suite edition to a standalone CS component?

      A: No, you cannot upgrade from a Creative Suite edition to an individual CS component. To confirm your options and learn about the requirements for upgrades, check the upgrade eligibility chart on the buying guide page…

    • Greetings Mark, per first change to Adobe’s upgrade policy discussed in the article, owners of CS3 and newer versions right now can receive discounted upgrade pricing to CS6… Then, at the end of this year, that will change to being only current owners of CS5 and higher.

      So there is no upgrade path for anything older than CS3 – sorry about that!

  3. I am an instructor at a college and have the CS5 suite installed. I use the Photoshop component daily, but infrequently use the other programs. Adobe tells me that I have to upgrade to the CS6 suite to get Photoshop CS6. Being an educator, I can purchase the standalone PS6 Extended for a very low price and save on the suite.

    Am I able to install CS6 Extended, full version (academic) successfully as a standalone program, without affecting my CS5 suite?

    Thank you

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  4. So Adobe managed to completely sideswipe me here then. At the tail end of last year in response to the announcement that CS4 suites would not be eligible to upgrade to CS6 I upgraded to CS5.

    In spite of having a standalone version of Photoshop CS5 in addition to my Web Standard CS4. I upgraded the suite, since Adobe had dropped Web Standard I was forced to choose a different suite – which inevitably also included Photoshop. I now find myself in the position where Adobe have reversed their decision over the suites and now prevent me from upgrading my point product to a suite – which had been my intention (web std to CS6 and Photoshop to my wife’s machine and upgrade to a suite).

    Way to go Adobe, thanks.

    I’m disgusted with the way this has gone. Had they been clear with the upgrade policy I would have upgraded the Photoshop to CS5 suite and then had the opportunity to upgrade the CS4 suite before December. As it is I find myself with two copies of the same software and the removal of my chosen upgrade path.

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  5. What would the upgrade cost be of moving from Photoshop CS5 educational version to CS6 educational??

    Presumably I wouldn’t have to pay the full educational price of CS6

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  6. Will the mid-cycle releases count as “one release back” on the upgrade policies? So if in the future if you have CS6, will you have to get CS6.5 too, or will you be able to go to CS7?

    Reply
    • Hey Dave, Studio 8 came out in 2005 – unfortunately that’s just too far back to receive an upgrade discount… Some major software companies today (like Microsoft) have eliminated upgrades altogether, while others like Adobe still allow one version back.

  7. I am not sure if the answer is already posted, but it is not too clear for me.

    I have in my possession the “Design Premium CS5.5 Suite” and I want to upgrade it to another suite, the “CS6 Master Collection.”

    I want to know if this upgrade path is possible ?

    Thanks,
    Olivier

    Reply
    • Yes, definitely Olivier – that is no problem at all…

      You can still buy or upgrade to CS6 here, direct from Adobe.

      Just choose CS6 Master Collection as the product you want, select “upgrade version” (instead of full), and then indicate the previous suite that you have…

      Select the platform and language you want, then just check out and you’re done – the license and serial number for the new tools will be sent to you immediately.

      Note that all the CS6 free trial downloads are still available as well.

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