15 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2012 3:20 PM by Prophoto RSS

    Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6

    Prophoto Community Member

      Hi, I have just installed CS6 and need some actions that I made in CS3 and earlier.

      Info that I read on support sited said that I should be able to import them.

      I have tried the edit import actions menu.

      I have tried dragging the old action set to the new version.

      All to no avail.

      Tried the online live help and got no where.

      What I would like to try next is to instal CS4 and see if I can import the action set from CS3 and then onwards from CS4 to CS6

      However the support person could not give me a link to download CS4......

       

      Any help greatly appreciated as I really need my old actions and CS6 is a useless to me without them!

        • 1. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
          Chris Cox Adobe Employee

          CS6 can read/import actions from Photoshop 4.0 and up.

           

          You did save the ATN files from CS3, correct?

          Those should open without any problems in CS6.

          • 2. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
            Prophoto Community Member

            Well, I've been fiidling and have found a workaround.......

             

            I copied my action set from CS3 to CS6, and with Photoshop off I did a right click (just to make sure CS6 opened it!) and opened the action set with Photoshop CS6

            Hey Presto the actions are (or some of them at least) now appear in my actions pallette.

            Some are missing completely and will have to be re written from scratch, others do not work correctly and will have to be played with.

            But at least they are now there.

            Shame Adobe support didn't know this work around.....

            • 3. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
              Prophoto Community Member

              Hi Chris, the actions were all in a set, so not quite sure what you mean by saved?

              • 4. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                Did you SAVE the actions from the actions palette to an ATN file?

                 

                Or did you try to copy the ActionsPalette.psp file from preferences? (which can't be read directly, only loaded as part of preferences, and is not supposed to be copied between versions)

                • 5. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                  Prophoto Community Member

                  Well the set is an ATN file anyway.

                  Can't see anything in CS3's action palette to save directly from there.

                  The ATN set was copied into CS6 from CS3, but CS6 refused to recognise it at all until I forced it to by opening it directly.

                  Nothing was copied from the preferences.

                  • 6. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                    Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                    In the actions palette, select a set of actions, and save.

                     

                    Yes, you do have to open/load the actions files.  They aren't going to open by themselves.

                    • 7. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                      Noel Carboni Community Member

                      Use the Save Actions / Load Actions menu entries in the Actions panel fly-out menu, accessible by the tiny icon at the upper-right.

                       

                      -Noel

                      • 8. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                        JJMack MVP

                        I always save my action set to a folder out side of Adobe folders like in a folder named "My Photoshop Actions". When I install a new version of Photoshop it very easy to load them into Photoshop.  Perhaps the easiest way to do that is to select all the action sets I want to load in an application like windows explorer or Mac finder the drag and drop them onto Photoshop.

                        • 9. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                          Prophoto Community Member

                          Thanks to Noel. Have now found the tiny symbol to access the menu which I did not know existed to save the action set from CS3!

                          Previously I had wrongly assumed that the action set that was automatically saved  on the HD was good enough.

                          I have in the meantime already got many of the actions working again, but it will be interesting to see if they work first time if I import them in this manner.

                           

                          Just to change the subject a bit (okay a lot actually!)....... and I must admit I have not searched for this at the moment.....

                           

                          On the old version of Bridge I could go to Tools, Photoshop and create a PDF Presentation.

                          In CS6 there is no option to create a PDF Presentation.

                          I assume that there's another more confusing way to do it  now!?!

                          • 10. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                            Prophoto Community Member

                            Hmm. saving the action set in CS3 and importing in CS6 did not work.

                            No action set has been imported., even after restarting Photoshop......

                             

                            • 11. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                              JJMack MVP

                              You need to load them into Photoshop to use them. Their save files can be any where on your system. Once loaded they are copied into your user id Photoshop  preferences.  Photoshop load no action set on its one. The default set is in Adobe default set of preferences. This is the only set in the Photoshop default Actions Palette.  The action set listed in the action palette's fly-out menu are the one in Adobe Presets Actions and perhaps ones you copied into there or save into a folder Adobe set up for you user id for the current release of Photoshop your using.  My advice is do not save any of your actions sets into any Adobe folder.  Instead save them into a folder like "My Photoshop Actions" load them from there too or drag an drop them onto Photoshop.  Once loaded as  I wrote above they get copied into your user id Photoshop preferences. And will be in the Actions Palette when you shutdown Photoshop and re open Photoshop.

                              Photoshop does not import actions you must load them one way or an other.

                              • 12. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                                Prophoto Community Member

                                Thanks Mack and everyone for you help.

                                • 13. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                                  conroy Community Member


                                  Prophoto wrote:

                                   

                                  On the old version of Bridge I could go to Tools, Photoshop and create a PDF Presentation.

                                  In CS6 there is no option to create a PDF Presentation.

                                  I assume that there's another more confusing way to do it  now!?!

                                   

                                   

                                  In Photoshop CS6 there is File > Automate > PDF Presentation.

                                   

                                  In Bridge CS6 use the Output workspace to create a PDF presentation.

                                  • 14. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                                    JJMack MVP

                                    Yes PDF presentation was removed from Photoshop then put back in Photoshop because there were many complaints made about its removal and the need to have to keep CS3 installed for PDF presentation support. It was not put back in the same place.  The Bridge output module also lack some of the feature found in Photoshop's Photo Web Galleries that it was intended to replace.  Photoshop's old Photo Web galleries feature can also be installed into CS6 if you need to.

                                    • 15. Re: Problem importing actions from CS3 to CS6
                                      Prophoto Community Member

                                      Yes thanks Conroy, found it in Photoshop.

                                      Annoying when functionality is taken away. Puzzles me why it couldn't have been left in Bridge too.

                                      Haven't discovered Bridges Output workspace yet, that must be something new compared to CS3.......

                                      Not experienced the Web Gallery, so don't think I'll worry about that one!

                                       

                                      Nice to have somewhere decent to come to for help and advice by the way.

                                      Thanks again.