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Having an upgrade timing and eventual platform swapping problem

Nov 25, 2012 11:54 AM

I currently have CS4 Standard Design Creative Suite installed on my laptop only (PC) which I need to upgrade to CS6 before December 31.  However, I will be buying an iMac before next spring on which I need to have the new CS6 upgrade installed (for Mac, obviously). 

 

This is causing me a headache because I don't want to pay for an upgrade just now on my PC in order to keep my upgrading priviledge and having to pay again for a new full version when I get my iMac, especially in view of the fact that the standard license technically allows me to install the software on my laptop and my desktop, provided that I don't use them at the same time. 

 

I searched the web quite a lot, and came upon the post below in a forum.  Can you tell me whether this is possible or not, because it would be the ideal solution for me!

 

 

"Upgrade to CS6 on your PC and then apply for a platform switch OK from Adobe which can take 2 days or 2 weeks - it all depends and their process changes everytime I try it.

 

While waiting for the CS6 for the Mac you can continue to use CS6 on the PC. After you make the switch you can continue to use CS5 on the PC as it is a legal license but you need to agree to stop using CS6 on the PC (and sign a statement to that effect) when you make the switch to the Mac."

 

Or, can I simply by the upgrade now, with the swap for Mac option, but wait until I get my new Mac to install it, all the while leaving my old CS4 working on my laptop?

 

Thank you for any help you can provide!

 
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    Nov 26, 2012 2:32 AM   in reply to CameleonQc

    Platform swaps are possible at any time. There is no need to include this in your planning at all. Refer to this:

     

    Order an Adobe product platform swap or language swap

     

    Mylenium

     
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:31 AM   in reply to CameleonQc

    I'm not quite sure I actually understand you. The serial number of the previous qualifying product is figured into the activation. Making a platform swirtch invalidates that, as essentially you get a full new serial number for the new platform after which your old serial will eventualyl be invalidated on the activation servers. May not be imemdiately, but defintely after a while. So reinstalling CS4 would not be possible after the migration - at least from what I know about the process. Of course I can't vouche for what Adobe's current policies may be. Still, the short version probably is, that the only safe way to do that would be Creative Cloud on both systems.

     

    Mylenium

     
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:41 AM   in reply to Mylenium

    Mylenium is correct your license for CS4 is utilized in the upgrade process to CS6.

     
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:30 AM   in reply to CameleonQc

    The only cost for the platform swap is the cost of the installation media. 

     

    Currently the only offerings available for Creative Suite 6 software which is multi-platform is either purchasing a volume license or as Mylenium suggested subscribing the the Creative Cloud.

     
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    Nov 26, 2012 10:07 AM   in reply to CameleonQc

    Excellent thank you for the update CameleonQc!

     
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