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  1. Joy Fenton

    I would like to purchase PS CS5 for work. My computer will not support anything above this. I also want to be able to put on my laptop as I do some work from home (2 licenses). Is there anywhere or any way to do this?
    Thanks.

  2. vanessa

    So I bought a new computer & downloaded my PS CS4 – it takes my serial number when installed, but then after I click on Ps it ask for the license key again & won’t take it.

    I even deactivated from old computer, thinking that was it.

    Can’t get a hold of anyone at Adobe customer service, automated thing says go to website & ask. No one will answer question and I don’t want the newest version.

  3. Eric Wang

    I wish to have a CS4 for my mac. I have never owned a copy because we always used IBM in the office. Now we have a mac. Can I get this in CD format? Please let me know. Thank you.

  4. Carey

    My hard drive crashed unexpectedly. I am trying to reinstall the CS3 program, but the code is not being accepted. Any ideas? Still using XP on this old computer. Thanks

    • Hey Carey, unfortunately that kind of thing (licensing or serial code issues) is out of our power to help with… You have to contact Adobe directly.

      It’s possible since your old disk crashed without being able to deactivate the software, that you may have unexpectedly exceeded your two-system limit for software activations – in which case you’d have to contact them anyway, to see if that could possibly be reset. Not sure if they still do that for CS3, but you could try.

  5. Yolanda

    Hello, I have had CS4 PS and DW on my MacPro since 2009, now I would like to use InDesign as well. Do I need to un-install PS and DW first then re-install them again along with Indesign?

  6. Elaina

    No questions, just thank you so much for this! You’ve helped me out of a bind more than once because of a scratched cd! Really appreciate this!

  7. claudya g

    Hi, my notebook only has space for CS4 now, i wanna make the trial downloads, but at the page have 2 links (part 1 & part 2) for Windows, i ask at forum but have no answer. I wanna know: i download part 1 & 2 and install them both? Is this? And to buy the license? Retail? Thanks for any help. Hugs

    • Hello Claudya, you need both files on Windows. Make sure both File 1 (.exe) and File 2 (.7z) are downloaded into the same folder or directory. If your two files don’t have those extensions, then rename them back. The files should be in a simple folder (not a long or complicated path) on the same disk where you want to install the software to, and not on a separate drive.

      You said you wanted to buy CS4, but Adobe no longer sells it – CS4 is now very dated software (7 years old). Adobe still sells CS6 now (the last standalone perpetual version from 2012), and also of course the latest release which is CC 2015. Those are your two choices.

  8. claudya g

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll follow the steps. Yes i know CS4 is older, but, as i mentioned, i don´t have too much space, & i think my Pentium processor here will not run CS5 or above lol. I’ll try to buy with some retailer. Hope i can, ty.

  9. Alan

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179

    After DW didn’t work I found Microsoft’s Expression Web to be very similar.
    It’s free too

  10. claudya g

    @ProDesignTools

    ProDesignTools:

    We hope so too – because it’s doubtful, and dangerous!

    Thanks for the tip!

  11. claudya g

    Sorry, it’s getting boring, but as you told, i checked & i have the files you mentioned. But i’m in doubt what i need to extract first? I mean: the exe at final is the first i click? One is almost 820MB & other 1.2 MB. Thanks it’s the last question!

  12. bushra

    I would like to buy adobe Premiere pro cs 4, how ?

  13. claudya g

    @bushra
    Hey bushra, i download at Adobe site & bought a license after, see this link here at https://prodesigntools.com/links/partners/partnerfinders.html

  14. CSUMAC

    these links took me directly to subscriptions to the new software, and nowhere else – which (1) I can’t afford & (2) won’t run on my computer(s) — so basically I am dead in the water since I am a very small businessperson who has had to upgrade OS systems & now can’t function in business. Yay.

    • The old CS program installers are still out there, which you can access via our Adobe software direct links… The CS versions would be on page 2 or 3, and you have to make sure to carefully follow the important download instructions there or the direct links won’t work.

      Please keep in mind all that we said above though. These are just free 30-day trials, not long term – and if you find any of them offered for sale anywhere, they would almost certainly be fake or scams.

      The sole exception is Creative Suite 6 from 2012, the last standalone perpetually-licensed release which Adobe does still legitimately make available… If that’s still offered direct, then that would be your best bet.

  15. bushra
  16. Me

    This article is outdated. The Adobe store does not have the options to buy the old CS copies anymore.

    • You’re right – the article is over 4 years old now, just like Creative Suite… In fact, Adobe ceased selling CS6 standalone on their website last year. The reason is because of its age (from spring 2012); the company stopped releasing updates for it last summer 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 the latest or future operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

  17. Anonymous

    @ProDesignTools

    @bushra

    hello, I use CS3 on Windows 10 64 bit without any problem

  18. Chuck

    But which app(s)? To say just “CS3” isn’t so helpful, everyone runs different tools.

    Also, what did you have to do or change to make it work?

  19. I have a recent iMac Retina 27″ with max RAM. Have been Happily running the CC photo package. Today I upgraded to PS 2017.0.1 fine. BUT Lightroom would not download after several efforts, with ERROR U44M1P7.

    Old version will also not open, NOW I have no Lightroom at all. Many notes to Adobe…typical no response…GRRRR

  20. JE

    The trial version is 7 days, not 30.

  21. John H

    I have used a PC for many years and purchased PS-CS5, which has been fine. Recently I have purchased a Macbook Pro and a 27″ iMac and want to use PS-CS5 on both. I still have the original disc for CS5 for Windows 7 but how do I get CS5 (which I am used to) for Mac – hopefully without spending hundreds of £££s. Adobe only wants to sell me a limited time (renewable) licence – i.e. rent a copy – but retired now at 73 and only use it for personal photos, it seems rather expensive.

    • Sorry, the old CS versions were not sold multi-platform… You bought either for Windows or for Mac. Customers could possibly “crossgrade” to switch between systems (a one-time change from PC to Mac or vice versa), but only for CS6 (the last Creative Suite version).

      However, the good news is that Photoshop CS used to sell for US$700 per static copy, but not anymore… Instead, now, you can get the latest versions of both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC – plus integrated services – for only US$10/month. It’s true you don’t “own” the software (although even with the old perpetual versions, you never officially did either), but you do get all ongoing product upgrades plus the ability to install the software on Windows or Mac (or both) included at no additional cost.

      For more details, check out the Creative Cloud Photography Plan:

      (BTW, the newer versions of Photoshop can read the PSD files from the older versions… So CC can open CS files.)

  22. Corilyn

    Hello!
    I’m a high school student and I’m studying design and will continue to through college. I’m going to be using the Adobe CS even after that as I hope to go into graphic design with websites and brand identities.
    Besides the point, I need a good version of the Adobe CS, and CS2 is not cutting it by any means. I use CS6 at school and I really need a version for my laptop at home (it can take very large files so that’s not an issue).

    I really want CS5 or CS6 but the key thing is that I’m looking for a one-time purchase thing, not a subscription. Any ideas on where or how I could get my hands on a one-transaction CS that’s decent?

    I’m hoping for Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and After Effects and Spark if I can (but I’m not cemented in getting them as long as I can get Ps, Al, and Id).

    Thanks!

  23. Bruce D Crawshaw

    I’m in a fix similar to John H (I’m 82). Used to run a small print shop and still have the antique CS4 for design. Would be nice to upgrade but see no need to pay monthly rent, as I only use the software to produce “freebies” for the local church, volunteer fire company, etc. Too bad Adobe doesn’t offer other aternatives.

    • Well, John said above that he wanted to try to buy Photoshop CS5, without spending hundreds of pounds. But the cost of CS5 (a static copy) was hundreds of pounds.

      Ironically, he then added that getting Photoshop CC for under 10 pounds a month seemed expensive. It didn’t make sense to us.

      With the CC Photography plan, you get the latest full desktop versions of both Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC – two best-of-breed professional tools – plus integrated services, mobile apps and workflows, as well as ongoing upgrades.

      Bruce, this ship has sailed. Adobe is not going back and they’re not changing the model. Creative Cloud was launched six years ago last month – and the current offering still looks remarkably like it did back then at its introduction in November 2011. You have to hand it to the company for having a different vision and then following it through now with 15 million paid subscribers, despite skeptics. So if you’re still having this debate now, then we’re convinced it’s just barking at the moon and not going to accomplish anything.

      There’s no question that some folks weren’t happy about the transition from perpetual-only to subscription-only products – but as a Pulitzer Prize winner once said, “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” Adobe took a risk and it could have flopped or flown. They may have lost some customers, but at the same time gained many new ones because of the far-lower cost of entry than before.

      Finally, regarding volunteer groups – 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.

  24. vly

    @ProDesignTools

    I have Macromedia Flash MX, a CD from the early 2000s and it runs perfectly fine on Windows 10. I am quite sure you are mistaken.

    • Mistaken about what? All we said is it can’t be relied upon that all software written over 10 years ago can run reliably on modern operating systems. That is true.

      And we shared a link of people who had problems with exactly that… Your mileage may vary, depending on the program and its version, as well as the operating system and its version, and also the hardware and driver support.

      The biggest issue is about the core operating system support for older runtimes and dated API’s in programs that were written in 2007 (like CS3). And it’s worse for macOS than it is for Windows… To be clear, this has far more to do with Apple dropping that support as they move forward, than it does Adobe. Apple is notorious for doing this with macOS. Microsoft is a bit better at managing old interfaces and compatibility in later Windows o/s releases.

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