7 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2014 8:10 PM by JJMack

    No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended

    sjh

      Hi

      I wish to use local help files for Photoshop CS6 but only online support is available. Local files are not listed under the Adobe Help preferences. The option to search only local rather than online help is greyed out. I found and downloaded a PDF with of the help files but don't know where to install it or if this is possible. I have CS 5 Creative Suite and this works fine giving the option of local or online help when accessed.

       

      Is there a way to install and use local help files in photoshop CS6?

       

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          You should see a download link when you use F1 help and get the online help its on the left colum down some. Photoshop Help | Archive

          • 2. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
            sjh Level 1

            thank you for your help jjmack. I have the PDF files now. Is there a way to integrate these into the help system of photoshop, especially to make them searchable in the way the online system does, or do you move from photoshop to the PDFs and search through them locally?

             

            Thanks

            • 3. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
              Jeff Arola Adobe Community Professional

              Which operating system are you using?

               

              See if this works for using the photoshop cs6 help when your computer is not connected to the internet:

               

              Use offline Help in Adobe products

              • 4. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
                sjh Level 1

                Hi and thanks for directing me to that article, it should have done the trick. I am using mac mountain lion 10.8.5.

                 

                The help system has always operated oddly - I have Photoshop cs6 but also the cs5 master suite installed. CS5 works fine but Photoshop cs6 only gives the option for online help and then directs me to the CC site. There is no simple listing for just Photoshop help in the help menu - presumably as it is not seeing it installed

                 

                I tried various configurations in the article, having to set up the folders they suggested. In my case, in a variety of alternative places as I have a boot up volume with the documents folder moved onto a RAID array so the Shared folder is not in the documents folder but in Users on the boot drive. So - confusing - but tried all the likely candidates and folder configurations/locations while following the instructions as closely as possible. Even tried an documents folder alias to redirect the program to the alternative path way.

                 

                At least now I have the PDFs and can look through them outside the adobe interface. The problem with the community site being questions regarding photoshop alone, yield answers for all sort of other issues and programs.

                 

                Thanks for your help though, which should have worked, appreciated.

                • 5. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
                  JJMack Most Valuable Participant

                  Why not create an action that will open the help PDF in Acrobat reader and assign F1 to the action.  I think a simple Photoshop script could open Acrobat from within Photoshop. For example:

                   

                  // A Photoshop Script by JJMack's

                  // This script is supplied as is. It is provided as freeware.

                  // The author accepts no liability for any problems arising from its use.

                  #target photoshop

                  app.bringToFront();

                  try{

                     var HELP = new File("E:/My Files/Documents/My PDF/photoshop_CS6reference.pdf");

                     if (HELP.exists) { HELP.execute(); }

                     else { alert( HELP + " Help file does not exists.");}

                  }catch(e){

                  alert("Error, Can Not Open " + HELP);

                  };

                  • 6. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
                    sjh Level 1

                    Hi JJMack

                     

                    That is a good idea and I will give it a go - once I read up a bit on creating scripts. Thanks for writing that - I wouldn't have got far. Little frustrating the program doesn't simply do it but I expect my directory modifications have it well confused.

                     

                    Thanks  again.

                    • 7. Re: No local help files for Photoshop CS6 extended
                      JJMack Most Valuable Participant

                      var HELP = new File("E:/My Files/Documents/My PDF/photoshop_CS6reference.pdf");


                      Replace E:/My Files/Documents/My PDF/photoshop_CS6reference.pdf with your help file full path. If the application associated with .PDF is Acrobat reader.

                      HELP.execute(); should open Acrobat on your help pdf.