Can anyone tell me if you can back save from CS6 to CS5 Illustrator, Indesign and Photoshop OK? Want to upgrade to CS6 but must I must still remain compatible with work. They are using CS5.
I understand you're saying that new features in CS6 would not work in CS5, but the question really is can you save backward to CS5 if you are working in CS6? Some of my clients are still working in CS5 or even CS4. If the client does not have the latest version of the software, you can't give it back to them in CS6.
In CS5, I can save backward to CS4. And in CS4, I can save backward to CS3, but I'm not going to take for granted that in CS6 I can save backward to CS5, so the question remains unanswered....
The back saving of the files is not required for all the file extension like JPG , PSD, HTML etc these are the universal file format ,
however if you are talking about the native file format like INDD for Indesign ,and AI for Illustrator then yes you can back save the file from CS6 for CS5 ,the procedure will vary .
Indesign :- Save the file as IDML and this IDMl file will be compatible with the Indesign CS4
Illustrator ;- File -->Save , in the " Save As" dialog box choose the version to which you want to downgrade.
So , it more dependent on the file format ,
To clarify your answer for Illustrator. The option is not in the "Save As" dialog box.
The correct answer is
Open you CS6 Illustrator file.
The Save As dialog box opens
Type your file name (DIFFERENT THAN ORIGINAL PLEASE!) and the Save as Type is still going to be Adobe Illustrator (*.AI) **This is where the above instructions threw me, as the Save as type drop down does not list anything about versions to save fo)
Once you click Save, the Illustrator Options dialog box will come up. The first option is titled Version and has a drop down menu. Select the version of illustrator you want to save your file as here, then click ok.
I strongly suggest you give this file a different name than your original CS6 Illustrator version as you may lose some parts of your design in the conversion.
Hope this helps. Enjoy!
I am afraid that backward compatibility is not always true (Specifically talking about illustrator CS6). I have som files created with CS6 that have elements with soft shadows done with dropshadow effect, and are translated to an embeded bitmap image in CS5. In some other cases, (when not using a soft edge shadow, but a hard shadow), the element is translated as 2 separate vectors for each color.
So I guess you have to be careful when doing this, and always keep a copy of your original CS5 or CS4 file... I still keep a copy of AI CS5 for those cases where backward saving is not going to work.
@PalaciosDesign - Please post your question in the Photoshop forum here http://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop/general. They will be able to help you.
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