Adobe won't supply old versions. So switching platforms does require
you to get current first/at the same time.
I'm considering switching from PC to Mac but I own CS3 and Lightroom v1.1 for PC. I don't want to pay full price just for upgrades in order to switch. Will Adobe give me full install on both programs to put on a new Mac if I choose to purchase one?
I've searched the forums and this was the closest match I could find :)
I am trying to convert my CS4 Web Premium license from PC to Mac and am still having issues. I have upgraded from one suite to another over the past 10 years or so. Adobe required a license for every upgrade back to my original purchase of the retail version about 10 years ago. I had every serial number but the oldest (which was from Macromedia eons ago) and they said I could not switch platforms licenses. I'm still fighting it. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be appreciated.
If you are switching or thinking of switching from PC to Mac - read this first!
I bought Adobe Web Design Premium CS3 in February 2008 for the Windows (Vista) platform. Over the next few months I had so many problems with Vista I decided to jump ship and get a Macintosh. In December I bought a new Mac and then contacted Adobe about switching my license to the Mac platform. They informed me I'd have to spend another $600USD to upgrade to CS4 - I just can't justify/afford that right now. Maybe at the end of 2009, but not a year earlier. I'm perfectly happy with CS3.
I'm a professional photographer, but dabble with the other products in the suite. So I was mostly interested in getting Photoshop moved over to Mac.
I mentioned my problem to a fellow photographer who recommended I give Aperture a try while I was trying to figure out what to do. I downloaded the trial version and really liked it - it does about 80% of what I used Photoshop for. I had previously considered Lightroom (I had demoed it on the PC), but after getting the run around from Adobe, I was more than happy to give a competing product a try.
I decided to give Adobe a call back and give them another chance to keep my business (after all, I would like to have upgraded at the end of 2009). Again, I got the run around (this time from some folks in India). I asked to speak to supervisors, got disconnected, had to call back, etc, etc, etc. But they wouldn't budge. They offered me a 20% discount when I told them I'd probably end up switching to a competing product, but I just can't afford that much money right now (still over $400).
So, here's what I've ended up doing. I'm not completely satisfied, but I've at least I'm able to do what I want.
I bought Aperture for my photographic workflow and the majority of my image processing (I bought it out of desperation - I needed something). Then, I ended up also running XP on the Mac (VMWare Fusion, Parallels or Boot Camp). I installed CS3 on that so I can use Photoshop for extensive editing and the rest of the products in the suite.
There's a possibility that I may end up later upgrading to a future version of Creative Suite, but in the mean time I'll keep my eye out for competing products.
I can't completely blame Adobe for this, but I'm in a bind that they could have easily addressed made a loyal customer happy. But because they wouldn't help out a loyal customer, not only did I get Aperture rather than their product (Lightroom), I've been put in a position where I'm often asked by fellow professional photographers what I use for image workflow. What do you think I tell them?
So, if you're switching platforms - be aware!