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Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (Mac) Serial Number Input Problem

Mar 4, 2009 6:06 AM

Hi

I was wondering if someone could help me. I own Adobe Photoshop 3.0 Deluxe Edition for Macintosh (and Adobe Illustrator 5.5). It does not have a registration card, however in the Getting Started guide it says the following:

If youre installing Adobe Photoshop for the first time, the serial number is located on the Read Me first card, on the first page of the Adobe Photoshop User Guide, and on the back of the Adobe Photoshop Program Disk.

As the first two options dont apply to me, Ive looked at the back of the CD. I see a code in the form of ADOBE-3-XXXXX (SPACE) XX (SPACE) XX at the back of the CD which need to be inverted by a mirror in order to read properly. Ive entered this code numerous times but the program keeps saying An invalid serial number has been entered.

I know that this software is antiquated, but it would be fantastic to get this software up and running any help will be appreciated.

Thanks
 
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    Mar 4, 2009 6:22 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    That's probably the product number. I remember PS3 and the serial number started with three cap letters with a stream of numbers, then a hyphen and 3 numbers. No need to read anything backwards or using a mirror. Someone is taking you for a ride.
     
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    Mar 4, 2009 6:31 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    What version of the OS are you running and on what model of Mac? Can you run Classic? No way you're going to be able to install that prehistoric version of Photoshop on OS X.
     
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    Mar 4, 2009 8:36 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    You might as well look for freeware image editors as Photoshop 3 was so feature deficient by the advent of OS9.

    If you really want to run Photoshop, I'd look for a more recent release. The last version of Photoshop to work in SheepShaver (OS9.0.4) should be version 6 (I run 5.5 myself). Version 7 required OS9.1.

    In addition to Photoshop, the following image editors work in SheepShaver (OS9.0.4):
    • xRes 2

    • Painter 3.1

    • Corel Photo-Paint 8 LE


    I think I picked up all of these for free on magazine coverdiscs. You might find them downloadable somewhere as well.
     
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    Mar 4, 2009 9:15 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    >three cap letters with a stream of numbers, then a hyphen and 3 numbers.

    Photoshop 2.5.1 thru 6 had this format it totaled 17 digits.
     
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    Mar 4, 2009 8:18 PM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    >Adobe Photoshop 3.0 Deluxe Edition for Macintosh (and Adobe Illustrator 5.5)

    Or is this Adobe Photo Deluxe 3.0 -- a long discontinued junior product? You haven't said where you acquired this software, but there could be questions about its legitimacy -- there is a lot of bogus software in the secondary markets. New software has a vehicle for product registration; older Adobe software was typically by postcard, fax or telephone response.

    Older serial numbers were typically 3 letters followed by 3 digits, 1 letter, 7 digits, hyphen, and 3 digits. In addition, Adobe serial number, while typically in small to very small type, are never backwards requiring a mirror to view.
    >I may not be able to use the software then. I'm running Mac OS 9 in an emulator (Sheepshaver) which is running on Win XP.

    Possibly, there may be a problem with the accuracy of the emulator software.

    Neil
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 6:00 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    The number Shaz sees is apparently the disc imprint serial number (not the user serial #) to indicate in what batch it was manufactured.

    >Possibly, there may be a problem with the accuracy of the emulator software.

    Sheepshaver is pretty solid. Older Adobe apps run well in it. If we are discussing 'Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3' then that should run okay in Sheepshaver as well.
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 7:47 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    Did Photoshop 3 actually ship on a CD?
    It might have been on floppies with the serial number on the first diskette?
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 8:53 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    PS3 was on both Diskettes and CDs
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 10:39 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    I couldn't find my copy among my CDs so I guessed that I had a floppies version and all of those are stuffed in a box in the attic.

    I think that any reference to the S/N being on the back of the disk must have refered to the Floppies version S/Ns have never been provided directly on the CDs.
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 11:02 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    >I think that any reference to the S/N being on the back of the disk must have refered to the Floppies version

    Shaz is not looking at a floppy disk when they refer to ' at the back of the CD'. The confusion is over the production batch number on the CD media, which is different than the user license serial number. These are different numbers. Unless the white serial number sticker was applied by the user to the CD, the CD will not have the program's serial number.

    Example image: OMR-014 (see the small text near the center hole)
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 11:25 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    I KNOW that Shaz is referring to the back of a CD.

    But the Guide to which she referred, mentioned S/Ns being on the "back of Disks" and they have never been there on Adobe CDs as far as I can recall.
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 11:52 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    > Is there anything that can be done short of just learning from the documentation?

    I am afraid that you were "had" by that shop and that those programs' S/Ns had already been registered to someone else and used a s part of an Upgrade Path.

    It is not going to be worth your time bothering with that old documentation you would probably do much better to buy one of the excellent third-party books about the current CS4 versions.
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 12:20 PM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    How did we jump from "Adobe Photoshop 3.0 (Mac)" to "Adobe Photoshop 5.5"?

    >Is there anything that can be done short of just learning from the documentation?

    Scrap the idea of using Sheepshaver for learning. The only reason any of us use it is to run a vintage operating system to open vintage documents that do not fare well in more modern apps.

    If you want to learn photo editing (graphics), you would do much better to run GIMP (gimp.org) natively on your XP machine (or purchase a more modern version of Photoshop). GIMP, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. run on both Windows and Mac (with the versions appropriate to the respective systems). There is no need to be jumping through hoops to run an old emulated system. Free, GPL graphic software available today is better than the commercial software you are trying to run in OS9.
     
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    Mar 5, 2009 12:46 PM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    Shaz,

    Just one word if you're strapped for cash: GIMP.
     
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    Mar 6, 2009 2:55 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    As far as I remember, once upon a time the serial actually was printed (or a sticker glued to) on a loose piece of paper which you also used for registering the software (by snailmail, no internet-registering at the time) and if you sent it in and not copied it, the serial was gone. Serial has also in the early years sometimes been glued on to the tip-sheet that then used to accompany the software. So if tipsheet is gone, no serial.
     
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    Mar 6, 2009 9:33 PM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    Shaz

    If I remember, after you install v3.0, there might be an up date for v3.0.1.

    Mike
     
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    Mar 7, 2009 8:17 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    Shaz,

    Serial numbers were not placed directly on Adobe CDs. If you do not have a serial number as described on the back of the media sleeve or case, a registration card, or pasted into the front page of the manual, you are out of luck unless you can get your money back.

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    Ann and Nini,

    Adobe did place serial numbers on small labels that were affixed directly onto one of the floppy diskettes for the app or font (I believe on the back side). The number was also on a label for the registration card which would have been mailed or faxed in. And there was another label you could affix to the title page of the user guide.
     
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    Mar 7, 2009 8:41 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    That is how I remember it too sticky labels with SNs have never been stuck directly onto CDs.
     
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    Mar 8, 2009 4:37 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    Ann,
    actually, they have been stuck on to the CD-case.

    I am looking at some right now. It is on standalone GoLive 6 and on standalone Illustrator 10 and standalone InDesign 2 (not CS2, 2),and standalone Photoshop 7. A twin-sticker with labels than can be peeled off to be placed elsewhere. (Yeah I have all those standalones still laying around). Above those 2 labels it says "The serial number labels below are for your convenience. Affix them in a safe place for future reference. After installing this software, you will need your serial number for accessing technical support and for purchasing upgrades" . So yes, serialnumber actually were stuck to the cd-case.
     
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    Mar 8, 2009 6:45 AM   in reply to (Shaz_M)
    >actually, they have been stuck on to the CD-case.

    That's precisely what Ann has been saying. The label is on the case, not the disc itself. :)
     
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