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Can I use Photoshop on both my windows and Mac PC's

Jul 31, 2010 9:02 PM

I purchased Photoshop CS5 in May for my Windows PC.  I also want to install it on my Mac, However the download they provided me with doesn't have a Mac version.  Can I get Adobe to provide me with a cost free Mac version?

 

I bought Lightroom 3 and was able to get both versions and have it running on both PCs...want to do this with CS5...

 
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    Jul 31, 2010 10:38 PM   in reply to comtsguy01

    The answer is a flat NO.

     

    Cross-platform licensing for Photoshop and for the Creative Suite has repeatedly and often been requested, and Adobe remains steadfast in not allowing it under any circumstances.

     

    You'll need to buy a whole new Photoshop license for your Mac.

     
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    Jul 31, 2010 10:42 PM   in reply to comtsguy01

    comtsguy01 wrote:

     

    … If I can get a mac verison, I suppose my serial number won't work?

     

    Absolutely not, it will not work at all.

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 11:08 AM   in reply to comtsguy01

    Apple has a solution for this.

     

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/compatibility/

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 11:41 AM   in reply to Marian Driscoll

    I don' t think this addresses the problem of needing separate serial numbers for PC or MAC. While it's true the Mac can run Windows, and through Windows it can run PC software, you would still need to purchase a license for each platform. Unless i missed something.

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 12:12 PM   in reply to Michael Riordan

    One can either get Windows for ~$100 or a second license of Photoshop for ~$700.

     

    A single Photoshop retail license can be activated on two computers owned by a single user.

     

    Adobe limits the license to the platform, not the hardware. They don't care if you run Mac OS X on generic PC hardware or Windows on Apple hardware.

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 12:25 PM   in reply to Marian Driscoll

    Yes, but the original poster wanted to know if they could use their current Photoshop license for their PC on their Mac as well. 2 different sets of hardware and 2 different OS's.  While it is true that you can run a single license of Photoshop on 2 machines, they have to be the same platform.

     

    A user would need 2 licenses of Photoshop to run on their Mac and their PC, even if they had a mac and wanted to run windows on that hardware set, they'd still need separate licenses for the PC side and the Mac side.

     
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    Aug 1, 2010 12:56 PM   in reply to Michael Riordan

    Michael Riordan wrote:

     

    A user would need 2 licenses of Photoshop to run on their Mac and their PC, even if they had a mac and wanted to run windows on that hardware set, they'd still need separate licenses for the PC side and the Mac side.

    You are confusing hardware and operating systems.

     

    If you are running the Windows OS on Mac hardware, you are running Windows.

     

    comtsguy01 wrote:

     

    ...then when logged on in the Windows mode, I could install my Windows based verison of CS5 with my Windows based serial number and it should work...right?

    Yes. That will work fine.

     
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