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Migrating to New Macbook Pro

Sep 12, 2012 11:51 AM

Basic upgrade/migration question:

 

I've got an old macbook pro on which I've installed CS4 and CS5.5. I never uninstalled anything. I'm now migrating to a new Macbook Pro. (The old machine is running 10.6.8, the new one, 10.8).

 

Is there anything I should do vis a vis the Adobe apps prior to the migration? (I don't really need CS4 anymore, but I'm not eager to rock the boat, either.)

 

Many thanks to anybody who can help.

 

Steve

 
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    Sep 12, 2012 12:00 PM   in reply to SteveC100

    DO NOT MIGRATE.

     

     

     

    Use the original media and install the application from there. You can skip CS4 if you want but if CS5.5 was an upgrade make sure you have the CS4 serial number handy when you install.

     

     

     

    Bob

     

     

     

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    Sep 12, 2012 1:06 PM   in reply to SteveC100

    On behalf of Adobe ...

     

    You absolutely cannot use Apple's Migration Assistant to move Adobe software from one system to another.

     

    Given your scenario, you should first deactivate all your Adobe software on the first system. Then uninstall it. You absolutely don't want that software to be “migrated” from one system to another; thus it must be uninstalled prior to the migration. After the migration is complete and you know that your target system is otherwise fully operational with no “issues,” at that point install the CS6 software (and any other Adobe software) on the target system.

     

    For better or worse, there are no ifs, ands, or buts about this.

     

              - Dov

     
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    Sep 12, 2012 1:24 PM   in reply to SteveC100

    Deactivation is relatively simple. Run one of the CS programs (any one will do other than Acrobat). Under Help you will find Deactivate. Click on that and follow directions.

     

    Why do you need the CS4 version of Dreamweaver? Is there some compatibility issue that you are addressing by keeping that installed or using it or is it more a fear of something like that? If just fear, I would personally just move on and not try to install that on the new system. Otherwise, if you really need it, install that on the new system first prior to installing CS5.5.

     

    In terms of graphics you are using, if they are placed graphics (i.e., external files), those would migrate from one system to another as data. Just make sure that they are in the same directory structure on the new system as on the old system. If the graphics are embedded in your documents, there is nothing to worry about as those are moved as data from one system to another. (Note that uninstalling Adobe software does not delete the data files you have created with the software. However make sure you aren't storing documents or placed graphics in the directories in which the Adobe software itself is installed!!!) In terms of program preferences, those are not officially documented or moveable from one system to another. If you are referring to various custom swatches, palettes, joboptions, etc., those should be saved prior to your uninstallation of your software and then copied back to the same locations after you install the software on your new system.

     

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    Sep 12, 2012 3:11 PM   in reply to SteveC100

    I'll repeat what I said. Install Adobe software from the original media.

     

    Anything else is a crapshoot.

     

    Bob

     
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:53 PM   in reply to SteveC100

    For the record, the Adobe software allows for unlimited installations, but only two activations. The advise about uninstalling the software before running Apple's migration assistant is that if that software “migrates” the Adobe software, it may yield a situation on the target system where the software can not only fail to just activate, but attempts to fully and properly uninstall followed by a full product installation may fail as well!

     

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    Sep 14, 2012 6:36 PM   in reply to Dov Isaacs

    Greetings,

     

    I'm wondering if the word, "migrate," is hanging us up here. For the sake of clarity, I'm going to use the term "transfer," for moving files from one machine to another and "migrate " for the process employed by Mac's "Migration Asst."

     

    I just got a new MacBookPro.

     

    I didn't uninstall or deactivate my Adobe software.

     

    I simply installed ALL my software from the original disks onto the new MacBookPro. The software is now installed and activated on both machines. Since the license includes two machines, both are good to go. But, if needed, I could deactivate the software on one or both computers WITHOUT UNINSTALLING (say, if I want to install it and run it on a third machine) and activate it on another.

     

    I have personally never found Migration Assistant to be a reliable method of transferring files or software. It implies a misleading assurance of ease and accuracy, in my experience. I also think that, if one's system harbors any lurking corruption, it will be transferred. Just my superstition, I guess. I like clean starts.

     

    I think the question is, where are the presets for things like like document and printer preferences stored and what is the best way to get them from one machine to the other?

     

    Is that the question, SteveC100? Or am I simply too late to the discussion?

     

    Best,

    Dianne

     

     

     

    I then dragged the data files from the desktop to the laptop via ethernet connection. A direct computer to computer dupe.

     
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:17 AM   in reply to SteveC100

    Many thanks Dov.

     
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    Feb 15, 2013 8:32 AM   in reply to Folobo

    For the record, the Adobe software allows for unlimited installations, but only two activations.

     

    Hi Dov, i return on this argument for a problem:

    What is the really difference between: installation and activation?

     

    Many thanks.

     
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    Feb 15, 2013 9:46 AM   in reply to Folobo
     
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    Feb 15, 2013 2:51 PM   in reply to Folobo

    Folobo wrote:

    What is the really difference between: installation and activation?

    Perhaps you have 3 differnt computers that you use, a desktop at the office, a desktop at home, and a laptop for the road. You may install the programs on all three, and leave them installed for convenience, but they may only be activated and usable on two at a time.

     
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    Feb 16, 2013 1:50 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    Sorry Peter, i know that with Adobe licence you can to do 2 activation (desktop and laptop).

    But you can work only with 1 at time (not simultaneously). Is this correct?

     

    Anyway Peter, i do not understand these difference: suspend activation and deactivate permanently.

     

    For reset the OS i think (and use the same computer) suspend activation i think is ok.

    For migrate to another computer i think deactivate permanently is ok.

    Are these ways correct?

     

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    Feb 16, 2013 3:18 AM   in reply to Folobo

    Right. You can install on as many machines as you like, have two concurrent activations (desktop/laptop is a good example) and can use either of the activated programs non-concurrently without need to deactivate the other.

     

    I believe Suspend Activation will decativate that installation at the activation server so you can activate another one, but will leave the activation info on the computer. Deactivate Permanently will remove the activation info too.

     
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    Feb 16, 2013 5:53 AM   in reply to Peter Spier

    Great Peter! Thanks!

     
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    Aug 24, 2013 3:48 AM   in reply to SteveC100

    The easiest way is to deactivate Adobe (open PS for instance, and in the Help menu select deactivate) before the migration, then use the migration assistant, finally on the new MacBook install and run the Adobe Clean Sweep tool. Once completed, reinstall CS4 there.

     
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    Aug 24, 2013 5:28 AM   in reply to Gindoo77

    NEVER EVER use migration assistant. Adobe applications should be installed

    from the original media only!

     
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    Aug 24, 2013 5:39 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    ALL applications should be installed from the original media.

     
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    Apr 10, 2014 10:06 AM   in reply to SteveC100

    Can you use Apple's migration with CC verison now? Hate losing all my prefernces...

     
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    Apr 10, 2014 10:23 AM   in reply to J.Patrick

    Migration doesn't work with any version of the Adobe applications, including InDesign CC.

     

    You can sync Workspaces, Customized Menus, Glyphs, PDF Presets and Keyboard Shortcuts to the cloud with the Sync Settings preference in InDesign CC.

     

    You could try to backup your preferences folders as described here:

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/526990

     
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    Apr 10, 2014 10:34 AM   in reply to Steve Werner

    Thanks Steve. The Sync Settings is a cool feature in CC!

     
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