If you rely on your running versions you should not upgrade to a new OS, at least as you are sure that it will run without problems. Normally CS6 will run, but it will cause problems and CS6 will never be updated to fix problems with El Capitán as it is too old now.
I don't understand you, on the one hand you want to use the newest unexperienced version of your OS but on the other hand you are not willing to upgrade your running versions. If the programs are running and you need not the OS for some other programs or releases you should not upgrade the OS.
I've seen nothing online that indicates El Capitan isn't compatible with CS6. If anyone has any insight into why I'm getting that particular message I'd really appreciate it.
I have my doubts about the compatibility of CS6 with El Capitan. There were some small incompatibilities with Yosemite.
Adobe has typically rubber stamped every new release of OSX, but has not done so with El Capitan. Additionally, they have taken the step of pulling CS6 from Adobe.com and forcing anyone who wants to buy it to do so by phone.
I wrote up a short blog post here: http://boblevine.us/adobe-quietly-drives-a-nail-into-the-coffin-of-cs6/
Thanks Bob. I should have done more research before updating the OS, but given that I've been using Adobe software for 20+ years and this is the first time it's happened, it just didn't occur to me. (I successfully used PageMaker after CS came out, and for way longer than the 3+ years I've had CS6.) And your blog post was very illuminating -- Adobe obviously doesn't get it.
Since my design work is part time and my paying $40+ a month forever for a subscription to use just three programs doesn't make sense in my world. I'll probably just do a clean install from Time Machine and go back to Yosemite. Thanks again.
The CS6 installer needs an older version of Java and it probably got updated with the OS upgrade. You can get the older version here and try that before dropping back to Yosemite:
You are right, Rob. I saw that on another thread after I posted my reply a little while ago and I downloaded and installed Java and now it's working. Funny thing is, though, that the ID icon in my dock still has the circle/slash over it. But no complaints from me if it keeps me from having to revert/reinstall everything! Thanks for the reply.
Adobe obviously doesn't get it.
Actually, I think Adobe does get it.
If they continue to sell CS6 as though it's brand new they're going to have more unhappy customers. If someone calls in they can at least be warned. As for the cost, well you could subscribe to just InDesign on a month to month basis only when you need it.
Subscription software is not going away.
the Apple support forums have a number of posts indicating there are some show stopping problems with CS6 when used in 10.11
While no one has said it is completely incompatible (as it varies from user to user) if you rely on software for work you should never update unless you have a backup plan to restore your computer to a known working snapshot. OS X comes with it's own backup software for this, consider buying an external drive so you don't burn your bridge in the future.
However the past two weeks have seen me with three separate Adobe techs running me around like a dog chasing it's tail to fix an issue with Creative Cloud so that's subscription money thats currently paying for something that has yet to work since I upgraded and also destroyed my ability downgrade and go back because I think it's an account issue and Adobe thinks if I go through the same ritual fix a half dozen times one of those will magically work.
So paying for it because I need it but it's not working and Adobe has been unable to fix for two weeks. Nice!
Yes, as far as the calling to order it, you're right. But not supporting expensive software that's less than 4 years old just doesn't seem like they're taking into account the diversity of the people who use their products. I'm sure it makes business sense, but definitely not as far as good will. That might not be worth that much to a giant like Adobe, but I know lots of people who use Creative Suite versions even lower than mine. The moral of the story is just to not upgrade the system unless you really need the features. That was the case with me back with Mavericks (so I could use my laptop screen as a second display) but I could definitely have stuck with Yosemite for a long time. Thanks Bob.
Adobe cannot possibly be responsible for new operating systems. When CS6 was released it worked on the current O/S and still does work with the systems it was designed to work with. It's these rapid releases of operating systems that makes subscriptions more desirable especially on the Mac side where Apple doesn't give a rat's behind about backward compatibility.