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The normal protocol is to finish the projects in the version that they were created in and use the latest CS4 version for new projects.
Thanks for your answer -- it's helpful. I will follow your advice.
What blows my mind is what the legions of editors out there do when they have to old up an old project? This must happen all the time!
Do editors have to maintain two machines -- one with the old version of Premiere to open up their old project, and another machine to work on new projects? Oh, I guess they need one machine for each version they've ever created a Premiere project in. That's like 5 machines.
Seriously, what to people do when they have to open up an old project for whatever reason? It's seems like if you open it up in the latest version of Premiere, you would have to go through every second of the project very carefully to make sure there are errors introduced -- way time consuming.
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There is no reason, apart from the footprint, not to have CS2/CS3 and CS4 installed on the same machine. They live happiliy together. Problems only arise when you remove an older version, then you may have to repair install the latest version.
Oh! I had no idea that you could have more than one version installed on the same machine.
Please tell me -- I have Premiere Pro 2.0 installed on my machine.
I have a license and the install DVD for CS3, but never installed it (so as to not hose all of my 2.0 projects). (I just bought it to use Encore CS3.)
I could buy CS4, but rather forgoe the $300 upgrade fee., especially with CS5 coming out next year.
Can I install CS3 and CS2 will still work? What do you suggest in general?
I would have a serious look at current upgrade practice in your case. I can't recollect how many versions back, you can upgrade, is it 2 or 3? If it is 2, then when CS5 comes out, only CS4 and CS3 can apply for upgrades. If it is 3, then CS2 can also be upgraded at the same reduced cost. If it is 2, then you have to pay careful attention to the alleged introduction date of CS5. Usually, when upgrading within 3 months of the new version, you can upgrade free. So, if CS5 were to be announced at May 1-st, and you upgraded to CS4 after say March, then you are OK.
Well, I do have the license for CS3, so I think I'm OK either way.
Can you please clarify -- can I have CS2 and CS3 installed on the same machine and functioning independently?
Can one have CS2 and CS3, and CS4 all on one machine?
The only caveat that I can think to issue is: if you have CS3, then install CS4 and then uninstall CS3, you'll likely have to do a Repair Install for CS4, as CS3 takes a few things with it, that are necessary for CS4. Other than that, I'm with Harm. I've never had an issue with multiple versions of any Adobe program on my machine. Going back, I had PS3, PS4, PS7 and then CS. I had the first two earlier versions, as they did one function each, that changed in later versions, and I had a client, who needed those functions a couple of times per year. I had PS7, as I was familiar with it, in case I had some rush job, and CS, as I was learning its changes.