Yes, you can upgrade from the CS5 or CS5.5 version of Design Premium or Web Premium to CS6 Design & Web Premium.
The software license agreement accompanying your product may entitle you to install and activate the software on two systems with certain restrictions. The product license agreement for Creative Suite 6 does not allow you to install the components of a single suite edition across multiple computers. See the software license agreement for more information.
Yes, Creative Suite 6 applications support Mac 10.9. Learn more ›
Yes. Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications are compatible with Windows 8.1. Learn more ›
With the CS6 update, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Encore, and SpeedGrade are native 64 bit. On Windows, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade, and Encore run only on 64-bit operating systems; Photoshop and Illustrator run on either 64-bit or 32-bit operating systems.
By optimizing code for 64-bit operating systems, Adobe is able to deliver the performance gains video professionals require. Creative Suite customers benefit from working on the latest hardware and operating systems, and the majority of video professionals have already transitioned to 64-bit capable systems, such as Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Lion, or 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows 7 or 8. Because 64-bit operating systems offer superior performance, CS6 and future releases of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore, and SpeedGrade will not support 32-bit operating systems. For an up-to-date list of 64-bit third-party plug-ins for After Effects, visit the After Effects plug-ins page.
On Windows, the CS6 versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade, and Encore require a 64-bit edition of Microsoft® Windows 7 or 8. If you are using one of the following operating systems, you will not be able to install or run those applications:
If you are using one of the listed incompatible operating systems, Adobe recommends that you upgrade to a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 or 8.
On 64-bit operating systems you have access to essentially unlimited RAM, because they offer a wider address system and data path. On 32-bit systems, each application is limited to 4GB of RAM (in practice this number is actually smaller). More RAM means applications can manipulate larger chunks of data, cache more information, and handle a wide range of tasks more efficiently.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard and OS X Lion are already 64-bit capable. You can leverage more than 4GB of RAM with 64 bit. All you need to do is add more RAM to start seeing the benefits of native 64-bit OS support.
When you install Windows 7 or 7, choose the 64-bit version.
Windows versions of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5 and later, whether standalone or as components of Creative Suite Production Premium or Master Collection, require a 64-bit edition of Windows.
To run the CS6 version of After Effects or Adobe Premiere Pro, you should upgrade to a 64-bit edition of Windows 7 or 8. Adobe has a number of upgrade paths available to current Creative Suite customers. Refer to the buying guide pages for your products to get full details on your upgrade options.
Adobe plans to continue offering support according to the existing complimentary and paid support programs. For details on these programs, visit the support page.
With native 64-bit applications, more RAM means better performance when working with multiple applications on high-resolution projects. For that reason, we recommend you use at least 8GB of RAM, and 16GB, 32GB, or even more for high-performance configurations.
Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Adobe Flash Professional CS5, 5.5 and CS6 are not compatible with Mac OS x Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.
As with any new release of an operating system, there may be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, please report them on our bug reporting form.
At this time, none of the CS5, 5.5 or CS6 applications require updates to be compatible with Mountain Lion. However, we do recommend that all users download the latest version of the Adobe Flash® Player runtime.
In our testing we have found no significant issues with running CS5, 5.5, CS6 or Acrobat products with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, other than Adobe Flash Professional.
Apple created a new security feature called Gatekeeper™ which is intended to help make applications downloaded from the Internet safer. Learn more at http://www.apple.com/osx/what-is/security.html
Adobe has added the Gatekeeper signing requirements to our currently shipping applications. However, our legacy products created before Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper feature was available are not signed. If you download one of those legacy (unsigned) applications, the Gatekeeper security feature may pop-up a security dialog that warns users against downloading non-signed applications from the Internet. You can still install the un-signed applications by following these directions.
If updates for Mountain Lion compatibility with Creative Suite products are required in the future, the updates will be made available through the Adobe Updater, a utility that is installed with Adobe products to manage downloading and installing updates for you. As long as the automated notification feature in Adobe Updater is turned on, you will be alerted automatically when the updates become available. You can then follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the updates. Alternatively, you can open a CS5, CS5.5 or CS6 product that requires an update, choose Help > Updates to open the Adobe Updater, check all of the updates you want, and then click Download and Install Updates. Lastly, you can also visit the downloads page on Adobe.com to monitor when updates are posted, and then download and install the updates for each relevant product.
Starting with Mac OS X Lion (v10.7), Apple no longer includes support for Rosetta, which is required to run PPC code on Macs with Intel® processors. Creative Suite 2 software was created to run on PowerPC hardware on Macs and will not be able to run on Lion and Mountain Lion. Additionally, older plug-ins as well as drivers for printers, scanners, and other hardware peripherals that require PPC support will no longer work with even the most current Creative Suite products without Rosetta.
Customers are encouraged to check plug-in compatibility by contacting the plug-in vendor before upgrading to Lion. For third-party products, contact the manufacturer for guidance.
Adobe offers support to Creative Suite customers running Mac OS X Mountain Lion in accordance with our standard customer support policies. Visit the support page for additional information about our complimentary and paid support programs.
Adobe recommends following your company’s internal guidelines to manage updates. You may want to contact the IT person who manages your Adobe licenses for information about your corporate policies on updating software. For volume licensing customers, information is available for IT managers on how to do a silent install of CS5, 5.5 and CS6 updates Individual users should use the Adobe Updater within their products (choose Help > Updates) to download and install individual system updates.
As a Creative Suite application subscriber or member of Creative Cloud, you are eligible to receive updates and upgrades as long as your membership remains active. Adobe will notify you via email as they become available with instructions on how to access them.
Yes. If a full version of a CS5, CS5.5 or CS6 product is compatible with Mountain Lion, then the trial version of that product is compatible as well. The known issues described in this document also apply to the trial versions.
As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners.
Owners of a CS5 or CS5.5 suite edition qualify for upgrade pricing to a CS6 suite edition. Owners of an individual CS5 or CS5.5 product qualify to purchase CS6. Any version earlier than CS5 will not be eligible for upgrade pricing.
No, Adobe does not offer a discount if you want to move from an individual Creative Suite product to a suite edition.
No, Adobe no longer offers "upsells" for the following products: FreeHand® to Illustrator; Photoshop Elements to Photoshop or Photoshop Extended.
There are several options to determine which edition of Creative Suite is installed on your computer:
If you've registered your software, your product registration details will show your suite edition and serial number. Check your registration details by logging in to your account on Adobe.com and clicking "My products and services."
For CS4 and CS3, you can determine the suite edition by doing the following:
There are two main ways to purchase Adobe software:
Buy from Adobe: Buy and download Adobe software to start using it immediately, or choose to have the product shipped to you.
Buy from a reseller: Whether you're looking for a local retail store or a value-added reseller, Adobe has an extensive network of partners.
To locate Adobe Authorized Resellers in your area, visit the find a reseller page.
Yes. Adobe will continue to make Creative Suite 6 available as a perpetual software license, and will provide bug fixes and security updates as necessary. All of the CS6 suite editions and individual products continue to be available for purchase by Electronic Software Delivery (ESD) on Adobe.com as well as through select retailers. Volume licensing for these products is also available through Adobe Authorized Resellers worldwide.
We plan to sell Creative Suite 6 for use on supported platforms indefinitely.
No. Adobe does not offer upgrade pricing for customers wishing to move from a suite edition to an individual component.
Yes. Qualifying full-time or part-time students, faculty, and staff of accredited educational institutions can purchase Adobe products at a reduced price.
No. You cannot upgrade from a Creative Suite edition to an individual component.
Owners of a CS5 or CS5.5 suite edition qualify for upgrade pricing to a CS6 suite edition. Owners of an individual CS5 or CS5.5 product qualify for upgrade pricing to the same product but not to a suite edition. Any version earlier than CS5 will not be eligible for upgrade pricing.
We no longer offer trials of the CS6 versions of the applications. Trials of the latest, most recent versions are available through Creative Cloud. Learn more ›
These free resources are available: