apps worked as trials, now nothing is stable since converting to subscription, as Adobe instructed me to, since they could not fulfill my order in a timely fashion! and previous downloads now failed to work and new downloads fail to download.
I can only use less than 50% of the software I subscribed to, yet my trial apps worked on my two machines.
Muse has never worked, it was offered to me as a free service, but I have never gotten it to work, typekit just hung for 3 hours the last time I attempted to use it. Illustrator crashes cotinually, causing me problems with the files I created in my trial version that adobe told me to use. I can't tell if I am being charged for Muse since I tried to open it and it never opened.
I am using Photoshop with 5.5 gigs of ram assigned, and AE opens and works. I have a Mac Pro with 13 GB ram and 5 TB drive space.
If photoshop and AE are able to run, I do not understand why the problems are continuing. I have ditched the illustrator preferences and restarted several times to no avail. This must be an issue with adobe's subscriptions.
The biggst problem is illustratorCS6. It will not stay open, and it will not allow me to download a fresh copy.
I need these programs to work. Come on, Adobe, deliver what you promised!
I work with two educational programs and I try things out to see if we can use them. We can't buy subscriptions for the kids if it is going to fail continually. Also, the updates that forcibly download and then refuse to be available! If a download will not be availbale to me, don't waste my drive space to put it there! And, download on startup or shutdown, stop interfering with my ability ( or lack thereof) to be able to do work.
I would like to help resolve your problems but need to understand a few more details:
When adobe opened subscriptions, I signed up on the first day. After 7-10
days, I got a message telling me to download trial versions, since they
were having trouble keeping up with demand. I spent about 5 days
downloading after that. I signed into cloud and activated my subscription,
but it has not always stayed activated. I don't have an uninstaller for
Illustrator, only for the Maser Collection. I spent a week downloading and
getting what I have now to work, so I'm not enthusiastic about uninstalling
the master collection. Plus, I have files I am working on in the new
My mac pro has 2 1TB and 2 1.5 TB drives with various working environments
including 10.6.7, 10.6.8, 10.5.8, and 10.7.2 and windows XP. For me, 10.6.8
is the most stable and allows me to use most of my software, but I do work
on projects for many, many clients who need their projects worked on using
legacy software, so I have previous versions of the creative and production
suite installed on different volumes. I own 5 serial number "chains" built
from 2 unique copies of photoshop, 1 unique copy of creative suite mac, and
1 unique copy of creative and an upgrade production suite for windows. By
unique copies I mean a product that began an upgrade path.
My experience with adobe started when I tried to buy an acrobat session
online to create a web-press-ready pdf for a client back in the early
1990's. The pdf failed and when I tried to recover my payment, several of
my ATM serial numbers were deactivated. That was when I first encountered
the ladies in the call center in the phillipines.
Years later, I moved one of my windows machines in my studio a couple of
years back and it changed its ip address. After Effects quit working. I
spent a month and a half vigorously trying to resolve the problems with
Adobe's call and technical centers in the Phillipines, India, and the
mormons. After each session the problems remained unsolved and the tech
support and customer support personnel claimed they had resolved all my
problems, even when they frankly admitted to me that they had not. The
final coup de gras came from the ladies in the Phillipines who cancelled my
serial numbers and told me they gave me a new serial ( which never worked
and never activated) and told me I had to upgrade. My particular machine
environment and the clients I serve do not use the upgraded version they
insisted I had to use. I was never even clear what version they gave me a
serial for! And they yelled at me and were not forthcoming. I simply could
not afford any more hours on the phone with Adobe and I had to sacrifice
working for a client who paid well and needed work completed in that
particular version of windowsCS.
Muse sort of open but remains greyed out. I don't want to sign up for
anything on Muse that will result in a credit card charge. I downloaded it
when Adobe said it was free service for subscribers. I tried to use type
kit and it just can't resolve when I try to choose any type. After three
hours of waiting, closing opening again, I decided that it wasn't worth the
effort unless I discovered a better routine. My broadband is a 14.4 mbps
download, which is fairly robust. I do check it and when typekit was not
working, the broadband speed was good.
I expected to use the digital publishing suite and lightroom. That they are
not available and now that Muse is a fee-only service, I am leery of
believing Adobe's claims. Also, I have not been able to make a second
download activate for my macbook pro. It takes much longer to download on
that machine, and I have uninstalled and reinstalled multiple times now. In
fact, most of what I've really done for these last two months of
subscription I paid for is download over and over again. That was why I
asked for a dvd of media, since I know users on the forums are getting
have I explained a little better?
Thanks for the additional information. I see that you have four operating systems you run on your Mac Pro. You have activated the Creative Cloud subscription on Mac OS X 10.6.8. Some more questions:
I do not know about the process of getting a disk to install the software from. I will find out about that option and how it works.
I am trying to use my second activation on my macbookpro which is also on
sys 10.6.8, but it has not allowed me to download all the apps, and it has
I downloaded a trial version of design and production CS6 to use on the
macbook until I can use my second install on the macbook.
I do not have the second install of the CS6 subscription attempted on any
other volume on the mac pro tower, but I do have previous versions of
creative suite installed on separate volumes to use when I need to work in
that version. Only one Operating System is the startup disc/volume at a
time, so no adobe versions are running simultaneously. After I could not
get illustrator and some of the other CS6 applications to launch and/or
work, I did put a trial of CS5 on the same volume so that I could continue
to work in illustrator. The partition was clean and CS6 subscription was
the only Adobe product on it, but I did and do have other software on the
partition, I have to do regular work. I had success activating some of the
products in the suite on one day, and then not on another, and then some
activated again. I have been charged two times now for my monthly
At one point as an experiment, I tried to download and install on my
windows XP machine, but not all products downloaded and they never
installed at all, they just quit.
I would love to activate and deactivate when needed, but I have not dared
to even attempt that, I am just trying to get the full collection to
activate on my mac pro and then on my macbook pro. This is why I am so
interested in the media discs. I read on the forums that some people paid a
fee to get the software on media so that they could install without the
long download time with its potential errors.
Creating another clean partition and starting the whole installation
program over again was what I was going to do, but I was hoping for that
disc to save time and potential errors from the download and install
process. I've rebuilt the volume two times now and it took several days to
get the Adobe software onto it. And, I need to do actual work and all I
seem to be doing now with the subscription is trying to make the software
Can you tell me whether I got charged for using Muse when I tried to open
it? When Muse is greyed out after I open it, is it because I have not paid
separately for its use?
Can you tell me when I can use the digital publishing suite and Lightroom?
I don't think I downloaded any touch apps successfully, but if I did, am I
about to be charged for them? As I mentioned, I don't want any additional
charges and I have have read that some of the apps that were advertised as
free apps, are really going to incur a charge. Because Adobe took a credit
card number for a periodic charge, I am very worried that I am going to be
charged for something I was told was free.
I've read people saying good things about typekit and bad things, much like
the spinning beach ball of death type hangs that I experienced. There are
so many problems getting the basic software to activate that using a type
applet that only allows use of type on websites, and never worked for me in
a timely manner, is lower on my list.
Sorry to hear you've had such a frustrating history of getting products working correctly. There really is not significant differences between the products running in a trial state versus being licensed under the Creative Cloud Membership. Because you are experiencing so many different issues I think it might make sense to try to focus on them one at a time. It sounded like the Illustrator issue was the most critical one at the moment so lets start with that one.
A couple more clarification questions:
- Is the Illustrator CS6 installation that is not working the one which was installed via the Master Collection CS6 trial?
- Is the Illustrator CS6 having the difficulty running under 10.6.8?
- Did you get an errors when installing the Master Collection CS6 trial?
- Do you get any error messages when Illustrator CS6 stops working?
- I know you've had difficulties getting issued resolved with support in the past but have you tried working with them on this issue already?
- Do you use CS5 products on the same OS as the Illustrator CS6 giving you difficulties?
- What troubleshooting steps have you already tried for the Illustrator CS6 issue?
Please follow up when you get the chance and we'll continue to work with you on it.
yes, I reported the problems to adobe support back in May. I got one canned
response telling me to reinstall, which I have done, several times now.
They never responded after the first time.
The illustrator CS6 product within the CS6 master Collection trial and now
subscription worked when it was a trial and not as subscription on both my
macpro and within the creative and production suite on my macbook pro. I
am not using any of my windows products or serials as upgrade paths for
this subscription, I am only using one of my three macintosh serial upgrade
paths for these 2 installs. I am running 10.6.8 on both and I do not want
to use lion because I did not like the way it worked when I tried it out.
I ditched illustrator prefs and restarted numerous times. I don't get an
error message or any message when illustrator quits.
I did not get errors when installing or downloading the CSMaster Collection
the last time I downloaded. I am using that download, to the best of my
Because I am running out of time to repeatedly move my documents to other
drives and totally reformat a clean drive, I finally put a trial of CS5 on
my same partition so that I could continue to work on some files. Photoshop
and After Effects open and work on my machine so I don't think the
illustrator problem is hardware related, especially since it did function
in the very same partition before as a trial. That is why I am so
dissappointed in the adobe subscription process, because it seems to me
that these problems are caused by the subscription activation, and
illustrator is chosen as the key activator, much like after effects being
the key activator in production suite.
Also, I am being prevented from downloading any more than 12 applications
on my macbook pro, and sometimes i have to activate a trial version when I
try to use them.
Additionally, I tried to save a few files onto the cloud storage and found
myself locked into an upload that lasted for 5 hours and only resulted in 6
small files, about 20 mb total. Many of the files I tried to upload were
ignored. I don't seem to be able to move or work iwith those cloud files
once I finally got them there. I can't use this as a way to do actual work.
I have about the most robust cable connection in the New York Metro area,
about 14.4 down. I am not on a dedicated line in an office. Each time I
try to download the applications, IF I am allowed to do so, it takes a
couple of days. I ahv tried downloading individual applications but I don't
seem to be allowed to do that, either.
Any help other than- reformat your drive to zero, install system and and
start over from the beginning by downloading the master suite again- would
be much appreciated.
Thanks for the additional details Kay.
Other than reinstalling and recreating the Illustrator preferences it would definitely be worth testing to see if the same behavior occurs when working in a new user account. As well as testing in Safe Boot, hold down the Shift key and boot the Mac.
It definitely seems odd that you would have so many issues related to Internet connectivity. I have a similar speed connection myself and am able to download and install without issue (also a mac running 10.6.8)
What up and download speeds do you get here? I saw you said you have 14.4 down
Maybe post the link of your results
There is a known issue with products needing to be re-licensed when using both CS5 and CS6 products
Creative Cloud products revert to trial mode with incorrect number of days remaining| CCM, CS6
Follow-up when you have the chance,
I only put the cs5 applications back on when the cs6 illustrator refused to
work. CS6 illustrator became a problem before any cs5 applications were
It crashes as many times as I try to launch it. I can't use it, but I do
see the startup screen sometimes before it quits.it will quit just as fast
as I can continue to launch it. It doesn't happen in relation to another
activity, because it just won't stay open.
Right now I got a speed reading of 10.6 down and 2.6 up.
I don't use time machine because I shoot video and fill up my discs and
reformat frequently, and using time machine just adds another block of
space I have to be concerned about. I don't want to trust anything
automated. I copy my work to two places and a dvd with regularity. My
macbook pro had cs6 illustrator running fine previously, but now after
multiple reinstalls, it will not reinstall at all and I am using a cs5
illustrator, just like I am on my macpro. They are on the same network
right now, but I take the macbookpro out on jobs and have had a hard time
activating anything there, as well. The cs6 illustrator on my macpro does
sort of launch, briefly, and then quits with no error message. I get the
adobe report message saying adobe has no suggestions for making
illustrator work. There are no error messages.
I used to make collected folders for illustrator documents, like an
indesign package. I will do that again if I get illustrator stable and
working. I am not using documents across the network, but moving folders of
ingredients to whatever machine I am working on.
You know, I don't know why illustrator doesn't "package" like indesign
does. Or maybe it does, now, and I just don't know because I can't get it
to work. In my 22 years of using illustrator, photoshop, quark, indesign,
etcetera, I believe storing packages or collected folders is well worth any
concern about the space they take up. The time it takes to restore items
that have been moved or changed is more problematic than the extra space
needed to keep a collected folder. IMHO.
I have noticed the behavior of a cs6 subscription application appearing to
be a trial with a huge number of days. I know it was in error, but as long
as the damn appllication opened, I kept going because I need to work with
Now, in August as in July, Illustrator quits every time I try to launch on my Mac Pro, once again, and illustrator has disappeared from my macbookpro. The application just is not there in the app folder!
I was shut out of my cloud membership, and had to use the "forgot my password" trail to get back in, but I used the same password and username as always and I do not intend to change it because I have hundreds of these to keep straight and there is no reason creative cloud should have locked me out. I can't download and install illustrator again from my macbook pro on my second install, because it says it is already installed. At the very least, you (Adobe) should send me a disc of the software so I don't have to download for days on my macbook.
I checked my bank account and my billing record once I managed to get back into creative cloud, and both were up to date, and have been up to date.
I've re-installed over six times now, which takes days to accomplish as a download. I have spent so much more time since april just installing this software repeatedly- it has crushed my ability to earn money from my work.
Adobe, please be fair. You offered these subscriptions and they do not work. Change YOUR methods so that users can actually use the programs they paid for!
If you want to starve your user base by not allowing the programs to work, you will lose the customers that can't pay all at once. Has that been your plan all along? Because it certainly seems that way.
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