You may be able to get around the inability to register an old CS6 if you copy the working programs from another computer. If you reinstall applications from a Time Machine backup of a different computer, that would likely work. I have only mirrored whole computers from a time machine backup, but I have seen instructions for just reinstalling applications…
Cautionary tale passed along from Frank-
Installing CS6 from discs onto a machine that does not have it presents the following problem — the activation that you have to do on-line after installation is no longer there. So Catch 22. Just keep in on a machine you can use and don’t expect to be able to install it on another machine.
On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:30 PM, Griswold, Britt (GSFC-279.0)[LUSA Associates] <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
If you do the Adobe CC subscription, they periodically have a “sale” for $29.99/month on the Adobe suite for a year long subscription. That covers most of their product line. I think you can get a solo Photoshop subscription for $120/yr.
Thanks for the info on Affinity Photo and the status of your CS6 installation under Mojave. I think I’ll leave things well enough alone on my 2012-based iMac (running High Sierra MacOS x-10.13.6) and with the original Photoshop CS6 installation that is present. I had already "crossed the Rubicon” on upgrading my MacBook Pro to Big Sur (Os 11.0.1) and I don’t want to mess up things even more by attempting a downgrade. If I eventually must get a subscription to Photoshop CC, well, I'll just do and “bit the digital bullet” (to mix in some cliches).
I am completely unfamiliar with Affinity Photo, so I will definitely look into it as a possible future alternative to PS.
On Nov 16, 2020, at 12:59 PM, Griswold, Britt (GSFC-279.0)[LUSA Associates] <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
My old CS6 installation still seems to work with Mojave (OSX 10.14.6)
Keeping your desktop iMac with CS6 running on it is a good idea. I've been considering purchasing a 2010 or 2012 power mac with high sierra and dedicating it to CS6 photoshop and illustrator. It would act as a backup computer in case of problems with CC. And from what I've seen the problems seem to be more and more common as Adobe continues to make inexplicable changes to justify their subscription service.
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