CS 5.1 won't import pictures that came from my camera since I updated to a new computer with mac OS high sierra.

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CS 5.1 never recognized my dslr, so I was unable to transfer any of the over 800 photos taken. I did import them into Apple's "photos" program on my computer. CS 5.1 has updated it's library with only photos I have scanned into my computer, but none of the photos taken on my dslr, phone or even from other peoples phones who forwarded their pictures to my phone or computer have been imported to the Photo Shop library. When I opened PS a window opened saying that high sierra is 64 bit and suggested that PS should be updated, but that it still could run at 32 bit (I don't understand anything about that). Is there anything I can do to fix this please? Thanks for any help.
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Just run the suggested update and you should be good to go.
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I did download the java but PS still didn't act any better for me. I tried dragging albums from photo and putting them into the pictures folder in finder. After that they do show up in photo shop's bridge.
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You're apparently not a subscriber (else why CS5?), so updating your app does mean subscribing to the Creative Cloud. In the absence of that, if you convert your camera files to DNG, you should be able to open them in CS5, but still need to be able to run it in High Sierra. Officially CS5 isn't compatible with High Sierra, but take a look at this article to see if it helps you:

https://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac-software/which-apps-dont-work-macos-3664177/

Take a look at an explanation of DNG here in case you want to continue to try to run PS CS5 in High Sierra. I vaguely remember a 32 bit checkbox that would force PS to run in 32 bit, and maybe it's still there. The first link has instructions, but it's from 2012.

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1053327

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html

If none of that helps, the Photography Plan is very inexpensive should you want to stay with Photoshop, and comes with PS, LR, Bridge, Camera Raw, and several other small apps that are free to subscribers.
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Thanks for your help. No, I'm not a subscriber. I was a long time photo hobbiest who bought PS5 in hopes of learning and using it to edit and manipulate photos. I was in hopes of working with it when I retired, but what little I knew, I have forgotten and would like to maybe start again. I think what little I do or accomplish, would not be worth the monthly expense. 
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Then you might want to consider the one time expense of Photoshop Elements—you won't have to subscribe or update, but it will be compatible with High Sierra, and have more features I bet you'll like. Plus it will feel the closest to what you've used, so it will come back to you sooner than you might think.

Affinity is not an Adobe product, is similar to Adobe, but if you're starting again, I can only say that you'll have to learn pretty much from scratch. It's an easier jump for current heavy users of PS to make, even though it has a definite learning curve. The interface itself is quite different.

Topaz Studio (also not Adobe) is free for extremely basic edits, is not like Photoshop, is a bit more difficult to use if you want to use layers (though you can), and doesn't come with any kind of photo organizational tools, but like I said, it's free to start with and the in-app purchases, while not cheap, can be a lot of fun to expand the kinds of edits you can do. It started as a plug-in company for PS (still is), and Studio is based on that with basic raw editing added to it (your DSLR files should be fine in it). It is an easy interface to learn to use.

So you might want to compare Elements with Affinity with Topaz Studio to feel comfortable you're making the right decision about upgrading your software, if you have trouble getting CS5 going smoothly in High Sierra. These are your least expensive options that I'm familiar with, though there are other good ones out there, and some might be as inexpensive.

I'm a die-hard Photoshop user—just need far too many of its features to do without it, and I do use it all the time, but I understand being on a relatively fixed income in retirement makes some of our decisions for us.  '-}
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Ok that's helpful, I will look into them.

Thanks!

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