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  1. Will I have a problem using CS6 if I have a CS5 class book?

    Or should I purchase CS5 or CS5.5 to use my Adobe CS5 DW, Flash Pro, and Photoshop class books and tutorials?

    Seems like you are saying the only difference is new features added?

    Reply
  2. Hi,

    I understand the hesitancy to download the old versions of CS 6 as being that its 3 1/2 years old. I just despise this new money making model of having people pay monthly for a service as opposed to purchasing it outright. My school is selling the Extended CS6 for $386 and the CS 5.5 Master Collection for $650. From what I’ve been researching, CS6 is the same as the CS5.5 Master Class, except for a few programs. I’ve also read where CS6 was compatible up to OS X 10.9 (Mountain Lion). I’m now on El Capitan, but I do have an old Macbook that runs on Yosemite. They do have a special on the creative cloud, where its $200 prepaid for the year or $20 a month.

    I just have this issue with paying for something monthly and then deciding I no longer need the service, but then have no access to my prior items or trying to make a change. For example, my boss signed up for Office 365, not realizing he would have to shell out every year for a subscription if he wanted to continue to use the office products (I couldn’t revise anything in word or excel).

    I don’t need storage in the cloud or my own portfolio. I can’t just get the photography bundle at 9.99/mo because I also need Illustrator. So I’m forced to get all the apps in the cloud.

    So I’m asking, do you know anyone who uses CS6 on El Capitan and has it been working for them? Also, am I correct that CS 6 Extended is superior than the CS 5.5 Master Collection?

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    • Hey Alicia, you can see from the article above that CS6 is not the same as CS5.5 with just a few features or programs added. There were hundreds of new capabilities added in CS6 at the time – in fact, scores of important functions and improvements in just Photoshop CS6 alone.

      Creative Cloud (CC) then took off from there and added thousands of additional new features and advancements on top of CS6.

      Adobe actually ceased selling CS6 on their website last summer. The reason is because it’s nearly 4 years old now (from spring 2012) and increasingly unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it some time ago as the newer CC rapidly grew and took over. With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on modern operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

      Apparently in some cases or places it may be possible to still purchase CS6. However there are mixed stories about this, and customers reporting that it’s not possible or doesn’t work.

      So while you think you might “own something” with the old CS licensing model, as you can see, nothing is forever in technology without active, ongoing support… Hardware and software evolve quickly, then old programs aren’t supported and eventually stop working properly on newer computers or operating systems (especially Mac OS; Apple is notorious for breaking backwards compatibility) – so for most people, static software has a practical usable lifetime.

      By contrast, with CC all ongoing upgrades, compatibility updates and product additions are always included – so becoming obsolete will never happen. The monthly payments are also more affordable in the new model than in the old model – where the software used to cost many hundreds or often thousands of dollars upfront, and never evolved.

      For a more detailed analysis of these points, see:

      Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) vs. Creative Suite (CS6) – The Pros & Cons

  3. Hi.

    I own Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the interface with MTS files is bad. If I were to upgrade to the creative cloud, is this situation fixed or will I still need to transcode my .MTS to .MPEG in order to effectively edit them?

    Thank you,
    ~ Jeff Knutson

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    • Hi Jeff, we’d suggest simply downloading and running the free CC 2017 trial and see how it works with your projects and files… Both versions can coexist on the same computer. So you lose nothing, and can easily uninstall CC if you don’t want to continue after the free trial is up.

      http://www.DownloadCC.com/

  4. @Alicia
    It is now 2020 and I still agree with what Alicia has said, because this was my opinion even before, owning and not working on a cloud, as well as not paying BIG for basically small upgrades.
    I started with PageMill 2, much later got CS3 and later CS5 and since have stopped paying again for what I already find ample and useful.
    Yes, I have revisited this point of buying CS5 for a deal at $670 but as the limit macOS is 10.14.6 which I am staying with, because Apple already has updated us to another (Sad Level of commercial social compatibility) and my CS5 is doing more then I need, so I am saving.
    In my case, it is only for personal occasional use, so the future is limited to be good only for professionals who are set for making money from art work but not all of us the rest who seldom use CS5 for personal art work.

    Reply

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