Photoshop CS4: Can't run because PowerPC applications are no longer supported on Mac 10.9

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Updated Mac to OSX 10.9 (Mavericks); LicenseRecovery 11.6.1 can't open for CS4 "because PowerPC applications are no longer supported". Prior to getting this ill omen, I received an attempted power-sell for Creative Cloud from a curt customer representative.
What solution may Adobe provide besides extra expense? I can't afford to provide cash-flow for Adobe nor can I afford purchase of a stand-alone application. (I need at least two anyway.)
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Ellen Sherfey

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Chris Cox

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That's odd, since CS4 is a native Intel application.
It sounds like you had it set to open as PowerPC in Rosetta emulation previously, and now that the Rosetta emulation is gone the OS is confused.
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Ellen Sherfey

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My CS4 has only ever been used on iMacs. I was most recently using this Adobe suite on OSX 10.8 Snow Leopard and then had to replace my hard drive. Instead of S.L., I had it loaded with Mavericks. Then, when attempting to open any Adobe application except Bridge and Script Extender, I receive the note that I need to open another Adobe product (neither Bridge nor Extender helpful), also this message, i.e. with Photoshop:
"Licensing for this product has stopped working. This product has has (sic) encountered a problem which requires that your restart your computer before it can be launched. If you continue to see this message after restarting your computer, please contact either your IT administrator or Adobe technical support for help, and mention the error code shown at the bottom of this screen. Error: 150:30"
According to Adobe support, CS4 doesn't work with Mavericks. I then sought any form of "patch" online and that's when I tried to use the downloadable LicenseRecovery 11.6.1 item I mentioned.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Ellen,

This is the error you're seeing:

If the KB doc above doesn't help, it means the install was damaged or missing required files in someway other way.

How did you install/reinstall your CS4 applications after your hard drive failure/replacement?

Restore from Time Machine? Dragging the application folder from another driver to the new one?

I would suggest uninstalling your CS4 applications and reinstalling them from their original disks:
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mark rucker

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Okay I have the same problem. Turned off my husbands computer while he was away. needed to convert some images for a client and couldnt find photo shop. It now gives this message can't open power pc app as is no longer supported.OS X 10.8.