Forum Question: Mountain Lion and Adobe Products

How do Photoshop and Lightroom work with Mountain Lion? If one does a lot of photo work with non-Apple products, should one wait before installing Mountain Lion?

Comments: 20 Responses to “Mountain Lion and Adobe Products”

    7/25/12 @ 1:29 pm

    Adobe published a statement about this:
    “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). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.”

      7/25/12 @ 8:48 pm

      I was not able to run CS4 on Snow — so many corrupt issues I finally just gave up. So, now … I am hoping — with confidence — you can tell me that I can upgrade to Mountain and still run CS4. That will be a beautiful world if true! THANK YOU!

        7/25/12 @ 9:41 pm

        I can’t tell you, because I am running CS6, not old CS4. Any reason you want to upgrade OS X but not your Adobe apps? The Adobe statement mentions CS4 (read it) but I have no first-hand experience to tell you either way.

          7/29/12 @ 3:42 pm

          “Any reason you want to upgrade OS X but not your Adobe apps?”

          Wrong question. The right question would be: Where can I upgrade ANY Adobe product for $19.99?

            7/29/12 @ 8:52 pm

            Ah, OK, so it is a budget thing. Fair enough. But if your software doesn’t work on MLion, then you’ve got to upgrade both or neither. Unfortunate, but true. I’ve been in that situation before — maybe we all have. But at the same time I don’t expect software companies like Adobe to dig out dead software like CS2 and update it just because Apple updates OS X. So it is a tough situation all around.

              7/29/12 @ 11:56 pm

              Fact is, I’ve thrown big money in Adobe’s direction over the last 15 years or so, JUST BECAUSE their software was no longer compatible with newer versions of my OS. That absolutely sucks. I am at a point where I think that paying some 15.000 bucks of Photoshop versions alone is sufficient for a lifetime, and may pirate the next version if again they do not work with a new OS. I NEVER bought an update for Photoshop (and Illustrator, and Acrobat) because of new features I’d need. It was ALWAYS the incompatibility. Matter of fact, Photoshop uses an incredibly old code base, and it would be easily possible to produce compatibility updates. They choose not to do it, so I choose my countermeasures…

                7/30/12 @ 7:32 am

                You’ve got two good alternatives. One is Adobe’s subscription service that have now. Pay a monthly fee and never worry about this again — you just get the latest versions of their software as you need them. Look into it.
                The other, of course, is to use software from other companies. SketchBook or Pixelmator instead of Photoshop, for instance. Much cheaper, but not a possibility if you are a pro and have to trade files with others you work with.
                But keep in mind that believing that something is overpriced is no excuse for theft. You may think luxury cars are overpriced, but does that give you the right to steal one?

                  Martin Kimeldorf
                  8/25/12 @ 12:29 pm

                  Totally wrong in our corrupt corporate culture. Price gouging is price gouging and any payback is justified…Note same applies to pharmaceutical industry who charges americans 3 times the price they charge canadians because canada regulates profiting from pain.

                  Beging with the notion that Adobe is strung out on pirating your wallet and you might be abel to advance to a moral high ground occupied by robin hood.

          8/26/12 @ 4:16 pm

          I have been watching your videos, since I am a new Mac user and find them most informative. My question to you is you say you are running CS6 on Mountain Lion.

          I will be updating from Lion this week and was wondering would Photoshop CS6 run properly with ML or do I have to get Photoshop CS6 Extended?

          Any assistance you could give would be appreciated.


            8/26/12 @ 4:51 pm

            See the list Adobe has provided (link at the top of this page). I’m sure both work with Mountain Lion.

    7/25/12 @ 8:36 pm

    does this mean we will soon be able to watch things on iPad that require an Adobe plug-in?

      7/25/12 @ 9:42 pm

      This has nothing at all do to with running the Flash plug-in on the iPad’s browser.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    7/26/12 @ 10:31 am

    I am running Photoshop CS5 Extended on Mac OS X 10.6.8.
    With no problem`s at all. It had Lion installed,but i switched back to Snow Leopard. I am waiting till all this is sorted out before i make any decision,either on Photoshop CS6 Extended,or Mountain Lion.

      7/26/12 @ 10:39 am

      See the link above. Seems like it IS all sorted out. At least according to Adobe.

    10/10/12 @ 1:24 pm

    Sorry, but yes there are issues. We just installed ML and we are experiencing problems with Photoshop 5.1. Disappearing cursor, corrupted JPG files, crashing, and now an “error 16” (photoshop will not open), and it asks us to uninstall and reinstall the Adobe software,, not drag and drop, but uninstall and reinstall. This is in a lab of 12 Macs.
    Talked to Adobe and they will not hep with this older version of Photoshop, we will have to purchase the support package to get any aid from Adobe. This is unacceptable! We already pay for a school wide license on the creative suite….

      11/7/12 @ 1:48 pm

      I am having the same problem in my classroom. Fourteen new Imacs running Mountain Lion and CS5.5 PS and Indesign have crashed on multiple machines forcing a reinstall. Any help would be appreciated.

        11/7/12 @ 3:15 pm

        Contact Adobe for support. They are the ones who should be able to help. If you are paying for 14 licensed they should be working hard to support you.

          11/9/12 @ 9:18 am

          Thanks. I’m going to let my IT dept know about this. I don’t have this issue on any of my personal macs, so it’s very strange!

    Gary Massoni
    1/20/13 @ 7:28 pm

    Maybe I read too fast, but I did not notice any comments about how Lightroom runs on Mountain Lion. I have been using LR4 on Snow Leopard with no problems. I am thinking that upgrade to ML might be good for other reasons. But I do not want to get into problems with Lightroom. Any experience here?

      1/20/13 @ 8:42 pm

      Check the Adobe site. Link in the first comment. But this was nearly 6 months ago. I’d be shocked if all the Adobe apps don’t work well in MLion. But you can always ask in the official Adobe Lightroom forum. Or, just search there. If it doesn’t work in MLion then that’s probably obvious by looking there.

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