Where did you find CS2, and did you actually get it to install on Windows 8?
I believe CS6, which is still currently available as either a perpetual license or through a Cloud subscription, can open PM6 files, with all the caveats I'm sure you've already seen about how bad the conversion is likely to be.
Frankly, in your postition, I'd recommend rebuilding from scratch. It may take a bit longer, but probably not much, and you'll be much happier going forward. If you do a lot of catlog work, you might even want to look into one of the commercial catlaog plugins for ID that can work from a database.
Selected CS2? What does that mean? CS2 is ten years old, has not been sold since CS3 was released, is totally unsupported on Win8 and will not open PM files on anything newer than XP SP2.
To be honest it was a bit of a punt as i wasnt convinced the new program would import the PM6 file it was a bundle ceative download, it downlaoded from the adobe site and it registered ok, so seems legit, and yes it does run on the win 8
I have since loaded it to the xp machine but the same error occurs anyway so I am going to dump it from there, I may well have to keep the old pc going until i can find time to do the new catalogue from scratch ...
XP SP3 broke support for opening PM files in early versions of ID.
Really, though, CS6 is the way to go if you need to open them, but you won't find it for free. It sounds like you downloaded the non-activating version of CS2 that was posted for actual license holders to replace their activation versions after the activation servers were shut down. This technically is not for general use.
This technically is not for general use.
It's not LEGALLY for general use either. It is for folks with older machines that purchased CS2 and need to continue running it.
ok I purchased this in a creative bundle with a licence number and i registered it with adobe and got an email back from them so if its not legit I was certainly not aware and it was not flagged as such by adobe , i thought it was like when you used to be able buy old versions of corel and other big name programs for next to nothing or even get them free on a disc on a magazine. it looks like i will have to re think what i am going to do, and the simple way is just to keep a laptop going with my PM6 as it does all i want. I have Microsoft publisher but was trying not to have to start again and thought the early version of ID would convert and save me some work , i tried sometime back doing the conversion from PM6 to publisher but that was a car crash so didnt go that route.
Never mind thanks for the info in any case...