Photoshop: How do I transfer actions to new version of PS?

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How do I transfer my actions to newer version of PS? I just went form CS3 to CS6 and can't figure out how to transfer over my actions. I should mention that I am also just upgraded to Mountain Lion and therefor cannot open CS3 since they are apparently not compatible. But shouldn't there be a folder of actions somewhere that I can drag into my CS6 app?
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There are various means of doing this.
One way is go to the Photoshop Preferences folder and copy "Actions Palette.psp" from your old version. In your new version backup the "Actions Palette.psp" and copy the old version into this folder.
N.B. make sure Photoshop is closed before you do this else they will be overwritten!

If you can't find the preferences folder run this script in ExtendScript Toolkit (this get installed with Photoshop) this will open the folder in Finder/Explorer

 

#target photoshop
app.preferencesFolder.execute();


once Photoshop has been opened you can then go to the Action Palette fly-out menu and save your action sets.
Don't forget to put the Action Palette.psp back (Photoshop MUST be closed!)
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Thanks, but I can't find anything in the CS3 folder that says "preferences" and I don't know how to run a script.
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You should find ExtenScript Toolkit ..
/Applications/Utilities/Adobe Utilities
Copy and paste your code and run it I.E.
(Scripts are your friends and they can help you save time in many ways!)

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For Photoshop CS3 look at this folder...
Users/ [Username]/ Library/ Preferences/ Adobe Photoshop CS3 Settings
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ExtenScript didn't do anything when I pasted in that code and hit PLAY. I'm using Mountain Lion on a Mac. Not sure if that matters.

Also, if I go into USERS and select myself, there is no LIBRARY folder. However, if I select HD there's a LIBRARY folder with a PREFERENCES folder inside. But there isn't an ADOBE folder inside.
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There's just my CS6 folder within the users. But no Library or Preferences.

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Thanks, Jeffrey. That seems easy enough, however, because I'm now using Mountain Lion, I am not able to pen CS3. I get a notice that I need to install a Java ES 6 runningtime, but when I click on "Install" I'm told it is not available. Not knowing much about this stuff, I am not sure what to do. Any suggestions?
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That's strange, you're the second person to say that the java runtime isn't available. It's not unexpected that you'd get the message to install it, it's just unexpected that it won't download. The Java Runtime comes from Apple. Can you post a reply with the screenshot of the dialogs you're getting? Directions for attaching a screenshot to a reply:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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I'll post screenshots of the dialogue I get when I try to launch CS3, as well as the one i get after I click on "Install." I should mention that since I installed ML, I am not able to connect to the App Store, which could be the reason that I can't install Java ES 6. I've been working with someone at AppleCare but so far they are stumped as to what's going on. They even had me reinstall the ML OS, but nothing changed. Very frustrating.
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Yikes. Yeah. I can imagine. My guess, and only a guess, is that something is blocking a port on your computer.
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Here they are:


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If you click on the Photoshop CS3 icon in the Finder, and choose File>Get Info... what does the dialog look like?
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Here we go.
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Hmm. Yeah, I was hoping it might have a greyed out indicator that it was set to run in Rosetta, but I guess not. That was another guess. I'm stumped. It will be interesting to see if the Apple people can figure out why you can't connect to their app store servers. Keep us informed. Thanks.
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Will do. Do you think that's the reason I can't download the Java ES 6 runtime? As far as you know is CS3 compatible with Mountain Lion once I have that?
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Yeah. Because Apple probably serves that up from the same server they use for distributing apps in the App Store.