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Adobe Just Stopped Selling Creative Suite 6 Entirely – Here’s Why

Almost five years ago, in the spring of 2012, Adobe launched two major products at one time: Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud. The Creative Suite 6 suites were well received and cost from US$1,300 to $2,600 – while Creative Cloud, a subscription to their full range of creative applications, had a much lower cost of entry and gave customers access to the CS6 tools and services, as well as ongoing upgrades. A year later, Adobe announced that CS6 would be their last perpetual software release, and there would be no CS7.

Here's the page where you previously could buy Adobe CS6

Since then, the Creative Cloud has evolved to include the newer milestone releases CC 2013, CC 2014, CC 2015, CC 2015.5, and now CC 2017. Over this time, thousands of new features and improve­ments have been delivered exclusively to Creative Cloud members, while the original CS6 release has remained largely static. By law, with the purchasing model that CS6 had, Adobe could not legally add significant new features to the traditional release.

By June of 2014, after the first two major CC versions, Adobe described new CS6 sales as “de minimis,” with the vast majority of customers choosing Creative Cloud instead.

Adobe did continue providing maintenance (bug/security) fixes to CS6 and refreshing Camera Raw through July 2015, over 3 years after CS6 came out – but then finally discontinued support in order to evolve the platform and pursue further innovations in image processing and workflow technology.

Thus, CS6 was written before and is not supported on newer operating systems, meaning that officially Windows 8.1 and Mac OSX v. 10.9 (“Mavericks”) are the latest compatible OS versions.

Shortly thereafter, in September 2015, Adobe stopped selling Creative Suite 6 online on their website… Essentially the reason was because the newer CC rapidly grew and took over. Some CS6 editions could still be purchased from the company after that point, although only by calling an Adobe call center directly and only for older operating systems.

But with the CS6 software EOL (end-of-life) and end of support, there were no further updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on the latest or future operating systems. So finally, earlier this month, Adobe ceased any remaining sales of CS6 for good:

As of January 9, 2017, Creative Suite is no longer available for purchase

Looking for Creative Suite 6? The latest versions of all your favorite apps like Photoshop and Illustrator are only available with a Creative Cloud membership. You’ll also get ongoing product upgrades, hundreds of step-by-step tutorials, built-in design templates, your own portfolio website, and more.

That notification comes from this page where you previously could buy CS6:

http://www.adobe.com/products/cs6.html

So really the only path forward for Adobe creative products now is CC, which are considered better tools anyway, or you can downgrade them to use CS6 instead – because Creative Cloud subscribers can choose either or both versions.

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.

Many of the Creative Cloud desktop applications let you export files to the Creative Suite 6 version of that same application. However, note that new features added to the desktop applications after CS6 may not be supported in the exported file, or by the CS6 application.

Finally, while Adobe no longer sells CS6 in any way, some readers may ask if is it still possible to find it secondhand on other sites like eBay or Amazon? The answer is yes, perhaps – but it doesn’t matter, because even if you could, you wouldn’t want to try buying it from those places.

Bottom line: Last year we stopped recommending CS6 as a good or viable option going forward, as it is simply not current or future-proof… And Adobe has finally closed the last door on this. But now you know the full story, and why.


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  1. Pam Curtis

    I just purchased a new laptop and bought a subscription to the adobe cc suite. I have already installed CS4 and it runs, but I do want to install the new cloud suite. However I would like to keep my Fireworks that is already installed. How do I accomplish this? I still have the CS4 discs and serial number.

  2. Bridget

    Halo, I just want clarification on the programs under creative suite

  3. Graham

    Question;

    Does my computer have to be online to use adobe photoshop CC ?

  4. Tara

    My computer was purchased in 2010 but as far as computers go at that time, it was state-of-the-art, excellent graphics and so forth. Fast forward to 2018: it just got fixed at the shop and I’ll be bringing it home soon. The issue is the hard drive – it’s about to go belly up. So I basically need to get my photos off and move on.

    However, around that same time, I purchased creative suite CS4 but mainly just used bridge, Photoshop and acrobat. I have a laptop that has windows 10 but CS4 seems not to want to install on it. I paid a crap ton of money for that software and did not expect to have to ever have to purchase more products. So your site tells me that even CS6 is not usually working with windows 10 and you don’t even sell it any more. Well bully for you for screwing people out of their software that they spent a small fortune on. So what, now i can spend more money and another small fortune yearly with small payments monthly for the same thing with updates. So basically I am screwed. thank you so much for wasting the 600.00 I spent. Even my cheap car that I spent less on than the software and is older than your software is lasting longer than your software. So now people are giving you a small fortune a little at a time and your making bank will good for you while the rest of us get taken.

  5. Tara

    I was so up set that i forgot to add my question with the message i just sent. why cant adobe offer free downloads for those who have product keys? so it will work with windows 10 and so I don’t get screwed out of the six hundred or so I paid for this program??

    • Hello Tara, we were wondering if there was a question in there somewhere. CS4 is ten-year-old software. Not sure of any company who still supports and makes changes to technology that came out 10 years ago.

      In fact, you make an interesting analogy about the cars. Your older car may still work, but that’s because the infrastructure that it depends on is stable and has not significantly changed over that time. However, imagine if the gas that it ran on changed every single year, and you demanded that the car manufacturer make internal changes to your existing vehicle so that it would continue to run on incompatible new gas formulations.

      That is basically the scenario with something like CS4 running on much newer releases of of Windows or macOS. These modern operating systems have removed support for older technologies and programming interfaces (APIs). Programs that were written back in 2008 relying on those would have no way to know or anticipate this. Thus, the fault for pulling the rug out lies more with Apple (particularly) and Microsoft.

      The only way is to keep up with this when using sophisticated application software is to keep it relatively current with upgrades. Either that, or you would need to maintain a computer using a prior operating system release that fully supported that older software. In other words, you need to match the age of the o/s with the age of the application.

      That said, you can still try googling the name of your Adobe release and operating system version and see if other customers have had any success getting it to work. Sorry we can’t be of more assistance than that, but hope that helps at least explain the situation a bit better.

    • PS – For more discussion on this topic, please see the earlier comment here.

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