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With one year wrapped up and a new one just beginning, it seemed a perfect time to put together a review of the best and most-shared posts published here since our site launched in 2009 (almost 10 years ago!), including some very popular free books.

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

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  1. Sue

    I was quite excited about the promo discount of $500 off ADOBE MAX, and the offer for free flights with credit card.

    (Also it mentioned that 40,000 bonus miles would get you to California from anywhere in Canada and USA)

    Only problem with this is that you CAN NOT sign up for this (Chase) Visa Card if you live in CANADA :(

  2. Ralf

    Hello,

    can You please offer the latest Updates of the CC 2014 Apps, from 04.04.2018, on your download page, because the Updates via the Update function of the Creative Cloud Manager do not work / fail!

    Photoshop
    Bridge
    After Effects
    Camera Raw

    because of Camera Raw Update 10.3!

    Best regards
    Ralf

  3. Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “…/AdobeProducts/FWKS/12/win32/Fireworks_12_LS16.exe?” on this server.
    Reference #18.853ad8a2.1531139261.1dceddc1

    ————————————————————

    Where is the link to make an account to log in?

  4. Tracey Harvey

    Hi, I purchased Photoshop CS5 Extended version 12.1 x32 from you in 2015. I downloaded it to my PC which has since been replaced after breaking. Now I need to download it to my new PC. How do I do that? Please help!!

    Best wishes
    Tracey Harvey

  5. Miguel

    We have loaded the Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Product on our standalone systems that don’t have any internet connection. We downloaded the Updates from your site here. but every time we try to run any of them, it seems to want to run an Online update. Is there any way to update the software without being online. These are for Government computers on a classified network, so having Internet is not a possibility. Please advise.

  6. Jonathan

    I just bought a new Mac Mini. The only software I physically have anymore is the upgrade for CS5. I had upgraded from CS2 (which was purchased back in college) and I have no idea where those disc(s) are since it’s been over 10 years and countless moves ago. Is there any way I can install the CS5 upgrade without having a previous version of CS since this is on a new computer?

    Appreciate any help

    • Hello Jonathan,

      Unfortunately not. Any Adobe CS upgrade version also requires the serial number from the previous release that you’re upgrading from. Together the two form the complete upgrade picture.

      One idea: you could try checking your online Adobe account to see if your product serial numbers were captured or registered there. It may be worth a shot.

      However, if you just bought a new Mac, then you may be out of luck anyway… We’ve heard of plenty of difficulties trying to install & run old CS releases on modern operating systems, especially macOS. The newer OS versions of course didn’t exist eight years ago, and the old Creative Suite software was not written for them, nor is officially supported on them.

      Wish we had better news, but best of luck with it!

  7. Meredith

    I am an educator that teaches Art I and Art & Media communications courses. I want to become more proficient in Adobe to become a more effective educator for my students. In the past I have signed up for courses on the Adobe Exchange website but simply could not complete the courses because I do not have a copy at home; and can not afford the Master Suite on my work computer. I need assistance with Educator options to get the best bang for my buck. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Meredith
    Alief ISD Art Teacher

    • Greetings Meredith,

      Adobe offers an education discount that applies for both students and teachers… You can pick up an annual Creative Cloud subscription at 60% off the regular prices for your first year, and then 40% off after that, so long as you remain a teacher.

      See this post for more about Adobe’s student/teacher discount, and how you can get it.

      And you’re in luck, because right now there’s an even deeper reduction that Adobe is offering for Black Friday. For a limited time, the price cut is 70% off the standard pricing – just $16/month in the US for your first year:

      Adobe Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2018 Deals, Offers & Specials

  8. P.W.

    Hello,

    I am trying to join creative cloud for free per your blog post here, but it is not working for me. Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong.

    I already have a student account and I have been paying on and off for the past 2 years. I have since graduated and my student e-mail is about to expire. I would like to continue using CC for free if possible. Please help.

    Thank you,

    P.W.

    • Hi PW, did you thoroughly read that article? It doesn’t say you can continue using all the major CC apps without a paid subscription…

      You can, however, get & use some of the Creative Cloud apps and services for free for life. But don’t take it away to mean that you can have the full Photoshop for free.

  9. M.A. Kuziak

    I am already subscribed to Adobe’s Photography Plan as part of Adobe Creative Cloud, with an Adobe ID, and I am also using Bridge, XD, etc. and Portfolio. Do I still need to rejoin Adobe’s Creative Cloud to get access to the entire set of free features available from Adobe according to your article at: https://prodesigntools.com/how-to-join-creative-cloud-free.html ?

    Does Portfolio use come along with the free use of creative cloud?

  10. Bestätigung Ihrer Kündigung
    Ihre Kündigung wurde verarbeitet. Ihr Dienst endet am 28-November-2018 (PT).
    Danach wird Ihr Konto auf ein kostenloses Basisabonnement zurückgesetzt. Kostenlose Abonnements bieten einen eingeschränkten Zugriff auf Creative Cloud-Dienste und 2 GB Gratis-Online-Speicherplatz. (Möglicherweise müssen Sie Dateien löschen, damit das neue eingeschränkte Speicherkontingent ausreicht.)
    Bleiben Sie weiterhin zu Creative Cloud-Angeboten auf dem Laufenden. Für die Zukunft wünschen wir Ihnen viel Erfolg.
    Dieser Dienst wurde über xxxx@yyyy verrechnet.

    Die Kündigung wurde bestätigt.
    Am 25. Dezember 2018 erfolgte eine weitere Abbuchung von 24,34 Euro von meinem Konto.

    Bereits am 20. Dezember 2018 wurden 35.99 Euro für die CC Software abgebucht.
    Ich erwarte eine Rückerstattung 24,35 Euro auf mein Konto.
    Dieser Dienst wird mit 35.99 Euro über xxxx@yyyy abgerechnet.

    Mit internetten Grüßen
    Püringer Franz

  11. B Hola

    excited and waiting for the standalone installer for adobe photoshop cc 2019

  12. Marie

    Great blog, thank you.

  13. Kathy

    Is it possible to buy older versions of Adobe Acrobat outright rather than going through the Adobe download? I am retired and do free graphic design for several small 501c3 organizations and my local yacht club. I object to paying over $500.00 per year to do free work for groups that don’t have the budget to hire it, and I don’t have the money to donate that amount!

    Thanks,
    Kathy

    • Hello Kathy,

      The only older and non-subscription version of Acrobat that Adobe still makes is Acrobat 2017, which has significant differences and fewer features than Acrobat DC 2019.

      Also, if you happen to need or use Adobe software for a non-profit or charitable organization, then you might want to look into TechSoup for discounts.

      Lastly, no version of Acrobat is ‘over $500.00 per year’… You can get a subscription to Acrobat DC for as little as US$12.99/month, with ongoing upgrades included. And with a subscription, if you no longer need the software or stop working with it on a regular basis, then you can let your plan run out and pay nothing thereafter.

      By contrast, the perpetual Acrobat 2017 version described above costs US$300-$450 upfront for a static copy.

      Hope that fully answers your questions; if not, then just post back!

  14. Kathy

    Sorry, I meant to say InDesign!

    Kathy

  15. Anonymous

    how now my friend, my name is ‘i support adobe’

  16. Sahar

    Dear Sir,

    I deeply need an e-book as a free tutorial for Adobe XD CC.

    Would you help me?

    Thank you for replying.

    Yours,
    Sahar

  17. Paula

    I signed up for the newsletter, and the link to download books took me to another page asking for me to sign up for the newsletter. I can’t find any books to download.

  18. Anonymous

    whats the difference between cc and cs6?

  19. Greg R

    Can you adjust your website to stop sending hundreds of email notification every day, I unsubscribed and still I am getting bombarded with these notifications.

    I love your site, but this notification comes from nowhere, I did not even clicked on the box notify me. In fact, I have not used my web wiz emails for the last 3 years on your site.

    Thanks.

    • Hello again Greg,

      When leaving a comment on our site, there is an optional checkbox to “Notify me of follow-up comments via email”

      Our records show you using your “webwiz” email seven times in comments on our site since last October 2018… (and thanks for reading & commenting!)

      Within every comment follow-up email that you receive, there is a link you can use to unsubscribe yourself for that post, if you wish.

      We don’t show any of your email addresses still active to receive any further comment notification emails, so it must be that you did unsubscribe yourself by clicking on those links.

      Apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you for writing.

  20. Mariano

    Good night. I live in Brazil and I have the need to use Adobe Illustrator but I do not have the financial condition to buy an annual subscription for the 2019 version. I would like to buy the 2015 version. I do not want anything cracked. I want the original and I want to pay for it. Can you help me buy the old version (2015) of Adobe Illustrator?

  21. Brian van der Leij

    Where can i find Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2015.1 Update (Windows)

    Regards,
    Brian

  22. zohaib

    i have to download adobe illustrator on this website & i have to install in my computer but this software is not installed, why? this is installed only for the free trial, seven days – but i want to permanently install it… please guide me on how to permanently install this software??

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