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Possible to switch CS4 from PC to Mac?

Aug 5, 2009 11:44 AM

I realize this is probably a stupid question, but considering the costs I am looking at here, I think it is worth it.

 

I installed CS4 on my PC at work back in February.

Now, my company has finally approved my request for purchasing a MacBook to do my design work on.

 

So, the question I have is this - does anyone know if there's any possible way to move a PC version to a Mac? Or maybe there's discounts available? Anything?

 

The PC the software is currently on is going to become obsolete... probably stripped of the few parts worth keeping, and then sent on to wherever PCs go when they die. I would really hate to think that I spent all of that money on CS4... only to have to purchase it all over again a few months later when the original copy will no longer be used. I realize this may be the inevitable case, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

 

I am praying for some sort of magic here... as you can imagine, if it took me this long to get money approved for the Mac, just think of how long it would take to convince them to spend another grand on software they already purchased...

 
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    Aug 5, 2009 12:11 PM   in reply to jalnicole

    You can switch from CS4 PC to Mac for a nominal cost. Contact Customer Service. You need to fill out forms that attest to the distribution of the CS 4 Win disks.

     
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    Aug 5, 2009 1:47 PM   in reply to MichaelKazlow

    Just for the record, I think Mike meant to say DESTRUCTION of Windows disk. I believe the cost is about $20.

     

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    Aug 7, 2009 8:31 AM   in reply to jalnicole

    Another idea is using bootcamp on your mac to run the original software. Another option is parallels desktop. I have had experence with it and it is great. you don't have to reboot.

     
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    Aug 7, 2009 10:37 AM   in reply to a sandwhich

    That would force you to spend quite a bit more for a Windows license (full version, no upgrades) and if you go with Parallels or VM Ware that would be even more.

     

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    Aug 7, 2009 11:24 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    but he already owns the software. all he has to do is install it.

     
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    Aug 8, 2009 2:40 PM   in reply to a sandwhich

    Install it on what? For $20 and ten minutes to fill out and return a form he can get a Mac version and just install it.

     

    Otherwise he has to buy a copy of Windows.

     

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    Aug 8, 2009 2:50 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    with parallels you don't have to buy a copy of windows. It may be more than the twenty but he might find other uses for parallels.

     
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    Aug 9, 2009 6:31 AM   in reply to a sandwhich

    a sandwhich wrote:

     

    with parallels you don't have to buy a copy of windows.

    No, you don't have to, but then you have no way to install Windows programs. You still have to buy and install a copy of Windows to do so.

     

    By the time you're done it's going to cost about a minimum of $175.

     

    Just to be clear, I have Vista installed using bootcamp on my Mac and I have both Mac and Windows version, but most people don't need or want that. The OP has chosed to switch to Mac and the best way is to call Adobe and spend a few bucks to transfer the license to Mac from Windows.

     

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    Nov 13, 2009 12:50 PM   in reply to jalnicole

    If you deactivate CS4 on your PC can you not reuse the key for the Mac version of CS4?

     
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    Nov 13, 2009 12:52 PM   in reply to canuck1942

    No.

     

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    Nov 13, 2009 1:43 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Too bad. It dosen't make much sense.

     
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    Jun 8, 2011 5:08 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Is it still possible to switch your license from PC to Mac? I tried contact customer service and they were not able to help me.

     
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    Jun 8, 2011 6:55 PM   in reply to bd11217

    You can only do so for current versions. You'll need to upgrade to CS5.5 directly through Adobe.

     

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