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New Macbook Pro, Old Adobe Software, does it work?


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I went to my local mac store last week and 2 of the employees couldnt give me a straight answer on this so I'm hoping someone can help me out here.
I'm about to buy a new macbook pro and I was hoping someone can answer this for me. I have Adobe Illustrator 10 (I think from 2002) and Photoshop CS (from 2005) and I was wondering if I will be able to install them on the new macbook pro? I do have the original install discs..
The 2nd part of my question is will I be able to update them to the latest versions through an adobe website or elsewhere or will I have to buy the latest CS package?

Thanks for any help or suggestions!
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I went to my local mac store last week and 2 of the employees couldnt give me a straight answer on this so I'm hoping someone can help me out here.
I'm about to buy a new macbook pro and I was hoping someone can answer this for me. I have Adobe Illustrator 10 (I think from 2002) and Photoshop CS (from 2005) and I was wondering if I will be able to install them on the new macbook pro? I do have the original install discs..
This is an easy one... I don't think it's that they "couldn't" answer, they probably just didn't want to and lose the sale.

The simple answer is a very definite NO.

To elaborate, a version of Adobe CS that old will be PowerPC only. The latest Macs use Intel processors (anything made after 2006). For a time, Apple bundled software called Rosetta with OS X to provide for compatibility with older PowerPC software. Apple pulled Rosetta when OS X 10.7 (Lion) was released, and it continues to not be available in 10.8 (Mountain Lion), which would ship pre-installed on your new Mac. Since 10.6 predates your new Mac's hardware by a good amount of time, it's unlikely and that you would be able to downgrade to 10.6, which would by your only option to run Rosetta.

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The 2nd part of my question is will I be able to update them to the latest versions through an adobe website or elsewhere or will I have to buy the latest CS package?

Thanks for any help or suggestions!
I would imagine that with a version that far back, you wouldn't be eligible for an upgrade package at a discount. My advice would be to contact Adobe directly and see if they'll offer you any kind of discount.

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Thanks, I appreciate it!
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