Photoshop CS6: No longer works on Catalina

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I'm a long time CS6 user with no need/desire to upgrade.  I just updated my mac to Catalina however and it no longer works.   What is Adobe doing to remedy this?  Aside from forcing me to spend $$$ for an upgrade I don't need.
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David Owens

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Wondering if CS6 is a 32bit software? If so, just like many 32bit software and plugins will no longer longer work on the new OS. My IT guy at work told me not to upgrade because of that and printer issues etc. you can downgrade your iOS software .

Adobe, will never allow any use her to ever re-own software again. Unless all the users decided not to pay for the rental, and force adobe to make two options. rent to own after so many years.

More and more software companies are turning to this crappy rental software for all users. People are thinking of getting a deal. But if you do the math you’re actually paying more for the software. They just don’t tell you that. The rental software is to allow the companies to pay the employees to write the programs into updated yearly. But they forget to test the software and issues arise all the times. People are thinking of getting a deal. But if you do the math you’re actually paying more for the software. They just don’t tell you that. The rental software is to allow the companies to pay the employees to write the programs into updated yearly. But they forget to test the software and issues arise all the time.
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Thanks Joe, that's what I was afraid of.  Adobe is screwing its user base, to maximize its $$$.  If Adobe doesn't fix this, I will do whatever I can to avoid Adobe products of all type going forward.
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This is bot Adobe's fault. CS6 is a 32-bit application, and Catalina only accepts 64-bit applications. So talk to Apple about this, or go back to your previous operating system.
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Well, actually, just getting around to reading this message, CS6 is 32 bit AND 64 bit on Windows, but 64 bit only on Macs. So his version is 64 bit. That isn't the problem, but there could still be a lot of other problems. My license for CS6 is dated to March 2012. That's a long time for a great deal to change that Adobe couldn't possibly foresee and plan for, assuming that was even a good financial plan for them to make.
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Classic, everyone points the finger at the other guy and I'm caught in the middle.  How about Adobe keeps up with the world of new/faster technology.   If Adobe knew this was coming, they should have been proactively working with Apple on a solution that doesn't leave consumers high and dry.  Which is apparently what has occurred.
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This has always been the standard with Operating System updates and apps. At some point almost all software becomes obsolete and if you want to continue using it, you don't update your OS. This isn't Adobe's fault, at all.
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> What is Adobe doing to remedy this?>

Well, what did your washing machine manufacturer do for free when your washer broke years past the warranty date? Unfortunately for all of us, no one is in the business of losing money by retroactively upgrading our equipment or our software.  I've got an old computer that runs just fine. But it won't run newer software. I can't expect  Apple to make sure their newer OSes run on it (and hobble what their newer OS can do accordingly) just because the computer still works, any more than I can expect Adobe to make sure software written long before today's technology will run on today's technology—for free, no less.

BTW, there is quite a lot of decent competition to CS6 out there already. Some features may be lacking compared to CS6 or CC, but there are plenty of really good features in them, as well.

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that's "apples to walnuts".  If my washing machine broke, out of warranty, its on me.  PS CS6 ain't broke.  It worked just fine until Catalina.  Somewhere between Apple and Adobe (2 behemoth companies), someone should be looking out for the User.  
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I don't think so. CS6 is unsupported by Adobe now—the "warranty" has expired. It's as good as "broke" on your present system if it doesn't run. Why should they be asked to "fix" it for free? You haven't given them any money in a very long time and appear not to expect to.

If you think Apple should "fix" Adobe software for free so it runs on their newest OS, good luck convincing them. LOL And really, for-profit companies don't look out for non-paying customers.  We're expected to pay those companies to look out for us. We pay a regular service fee, a subscription, for an extended warranty, or we use it up and buy it new again.

Thinking positively, I have a friend running CS6 on Win10, and since Catalina is killing off everything left, right, and center, perhaps they'll fix something that will "fix" CS6 for you.  Or perhaps when Adobe fixes something in their currently supported software that is broken in Catalina, that fix will also fix your issue. You can try waiting for that. You can amuse yourself in the meantime by looking at all the competition out there. As I said, some of it is very good, especially if your needs are fairly basic.
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"How about Adobe keeps up with the world of new/faster technology.   If Adobe knew this was coming, they should have been proactively working with Apple on a solution that doesn't leave consumers high and dry."

Adobe did that, but just not for your obsolete version of Photoshop. If you do not want to spend money on an upgrade of Photoshop, then you should not upgrade to MacOS Catalina either. You call yourself an 'Adobe customer' and you complain they leave you high and dry, but when was the last time you spend money on an Adobe product? That must have been six years ago if it was Photoshop CS6. If all Adobe customers were as loyal as you, there wouldn't even be a company called Adobe today that could keep up with the world of new/faster technology...
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It seems that Mr. Owens has a simple solution.  Use his backup of his computer to revert to the OS prior to Catalina.  Since he is using 6 year old Photoshop he should not have upgraded to Catalina.
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I don't want to blame anyone. I just want it fixed. I am a retired pro photographer, so there seemed to no longer be a need to keep upgrading. CS6 worked for me. But I hear what y'all are saying. And I KNOW the answer isn't to uninstall Catalina. So, can someone educate me on software I might consider using instead? I understand that we no longer 'buy' our software. So if we 'rent' it, what does that cost? Thanks for your input. I just need to be able to continue to work. I waited a long time to download the newest update, now I know why. LOL. But now I need to deal with it! 

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Actions may have some issues. Most action authors have updated actions that ran in CS6, but it depends entirely upon what your actions consist of. I have plenty of actions that are that old that run just fine in PS. Since you're not considering PSE, then you should be okay for most. You might have to re-record some steps, but may not have to at all. Case-by-case basis.

Fonts are dependent upon the system. The way you have of interacting with them is very significantly changed — for the better, imo — but the fonts should still be there and still work.
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Thanks for the answers. I'm also presently going to look at Affinity, which comes recommended. But first I'm going on vacation and forget all this nonsense that keeps me away from creating. :) 
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Cristen Gillespie

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I have Affinity. I still prefer Photoshop by a long shot—in part, of course, because I use Extensions and Plugins that don't play as well, or at all, with Affinity. But also because some of the power in PS isn't yet in Affinity. That said, it's probably your best bet for coming close to a program that has many similar features (some even with a better UI, some worse<G>), if you find the subscription model something you can't stand. Being able to save History with the file and a better UI for Blend If  doesn't s*ck, either.  '-}

But if I were you, I'd also take a look at On1 while you're at it. That one is up and coming, especially for photographers more than designers, but it won't take your actions or your brushes. However, layers and masks with raw files is pretty darned cool and the Browser is pretty good, too.

Actually,  Affinity has its own Actions so you'd have to re-create yours in Affinity, and how well it translates PS brushes has been iffy with my tests using my brushes. But if you don't make extensive use of Brushes, that won't be a deterrent.

But enjoy vacation and worry about this later.   :)
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I tried Affinity and found it too difficult to navigate, very small buttons on the interface. For now I bit the bullet and using Photoshop $10/mo.  Much to my chagrin.
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Yeah, it's not the greatest UI, imo. They've got some of the best ideas—in addition to what I mentioned, it's docu-centric, so the apps come to the document, assuming you own more than one. It helps of course that this was begun ground up no more than a decade ago, unlike PS which is sticking with their ancient beginnings. Their iPad versions were also released nearly feature complete, perhaps because the code was newer and they kept in mind going mobile from earliest days, and that's where I more often use Affinity.

But one of the big problems I still have is that it's so close, yet so far away from PS, that I find absolutely nothing about the interface "intuitive," or even obvious. I'd have to give up using PS as much as I do (nearly all the time), in order to get used to/comfortable with the interface in Affinity. So far, I just don't have the incentive to. But it's good insurance against a possible future where I might find I have more of a reason. And we can hope that competition is always good for the programs we use—keep Adobe working for us.  '-}
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How can I save my actions now that I can’t open photoshop in Catalina? I plan to update to CC after I am able to save my actions.
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