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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 perfect time to put together a review of the best and most-shared posts published here since our site launched in 2009 (over 11 years ago now!), 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

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat Pro/Standard

Students & Teachers

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Direct Download Links

Adobe Software Direct Download Links

General How-to’s

Everything Else

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  1. Hi,

    Just wanted to ask if I started with photoshop and then decided to get the full creative cloud at a later date. Would I be able to change plans easily? Or, do I have to wait a year, or continue paying for a single photoshop plan, as well as the full suite?

    If this is possible what is the process?

    Reply
  2. Is there a link to Adobe Muse 2018.1 or above? I can only get 2018, which will not open my site.

    Really appreciate any help on this. I’ve lost days trying to get this to work.

    Thanks

    Reply
  3. Hello, I’ve used your site to download photoshop before without problems, but now when I try to install any version of photoshop I get a screen saying “Update required” like here:

    https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/update-operating-system-and-browser.html

    Any fixes from the forums haven’t worked for me. I have the latest version of windows and IE, but it still doesn’t work. I was just wondering if you were aware of this issue and if you had any fixes to suggest for me?

    Reply
    • Hi Karo, if you get this error:

      “Update required: Your browser or operating system is no longer supported. You may need to install the latest updates to your operating system.”

      or this error:

      “The installation cannot proceed as the installer file may be damaged. Download the installer file again.”

      …then extract the files, turn off the Internet or Wi-Fi, and try to install the software again.

  4. This is a huge thank you to Jim who, according to kglad of the Adobe Community forum, is the guy responsible for saving me.

    I’d lost my Flash Pro CS5 disk and had uninstalled it from my PC once Flash died, forgetting I would need it to view the learning game we’d created. Duh.

    After failing to find a way to download it from Adobe, I went to the forum and there kglad told me about ProDesignTools and its download service.

    I’ve just completed the download and install of CS5. Your instructions were clear and easy to follow, as long as you go slowly and don’t miss any steps. Everything worked, CS5 is back on my computer and we can now see the game and use it to design the next, non-Flash version.

    Thank you so much for offering this fantastic service … and one even non-techies like me can take advantage of. You guys are life savers!

    Reply
    • Aw, thank you so much for your kind words, Linda – that means a lot!

      You’re very welcome, and we’re so glad to hear the success story… It’s comments like yours which make it all worthwhile.

      Thanks for sharing the good news, and good luck with the software!

  5. I have been runnning Creative Suite 5.5 on my PC for a long time without any issue whatsoever, right up to and including Windows 10. Unfortunately I then had to reinstall Windows 10 after a hard drive failure and have had no success reinstalling CS5.5 – either via my CD copy or via the download links in my Adobe account. After clicking on the Set-Up.exe file and progressing about two thirds of the way through the Adobe Installer, it tells me that “this app can’t run on this device.” I know it can, so this is frustrating.

    Is there any updated software to help with this?

    I’d appreciate any help.

    Reply
    • Hello Andy,

      Sorry, not sure; what is the exact and complete text of the error message you receive, word for word – and did you try googling that to find a solution?

    • Thanks for the reply. Here is the exact error message:

      Program Compatibility Assistant

      This app can’t run on this device

      Adobe Creative Suite 6
      Adobe Systems Incorporated

      This app can’t run because it causes security or performance issues on Windows. A new version may be available. Check with your software provider for an updated version that runs on this version of Windows.

      Learn more | Close

      I downloaded the two files from my Adobe account, extracted into the Adobe CS5_5 folder, ran the Set-UP.exe file and this was the result. This is a brand new installation of Windows 10, the final version released.

    • The Creative Suite programs are about 10 years old now and were written for Windows 7 specifications… Have you tried going into the Properties for the Set-up executable (right click on it), selecting the Compatibility tab, then checking the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” box, and choosing Windows 7?

  6. Anyone know why Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 is not available? I have tried to open an image and that does not work, nor trying to open the program first.

    Reply
  7. Hi,

    I’m new to the Creative Cloud apps environment. I am a graphic design student and I want to learn Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign & the other Creative Cloud cc apps. Are there books & video tutorials that are available
    that can help me learning from scratch and as fast as possible? Because you see I have to learn how to use the apps while creating different projects for homework purposes and I find that it is a steep learning curve. can you please help me? Thanks

    Reply

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