Adobe CS4 Install on OSX El Capitan

I was talking to one of my clients, and they were talking about my doing some design work.  This ended up causing panic for me, as I had just done a clean install on this computer which really is my main computer, and the last time I tried to install Adobe CS4 on a version of OSX after Snow Leopard (10.6) I ended up entirely abandoning it.

Well not entirely.  Just felt that it was highly unlikely that I would be able to get it to work correctly on the computer.  Especially the program which we use the most.  Adobe InDesign.  But as of yesterday I started to work on getting this all working, so I could be “sure” that it actually wasn’t going to work on this computer.

This really did not go as expected.  I checked on the resources I looked at for setting it up on Yosemite (10.10) and hoped that nothing major had changed between Yosemite, and El Capitan (10.11).  A lot of people have had a lot of issues with doing what I just did.  So I was expecting to fail miserably, or if I succeeded to succeed with a lot of effort.

One issue I noticed with Yosemite install is it refused to install from CD.  So I totally skipped that step.  I downloaded the install and went for that approach right from the beginning.

I ran into a problem with the install.  I think the problem is, I had already installed Adobe Air.  It was a lot newer than the version in CS4.  So, in the install process, it ended up hanging on Air, so I canceled the install.

When I restarted, not installing Air the second time (but apparently installing things I had not planned to install), the install went perfectly.  But this wasn’t really anything I was not expecting.  What I was expecting to be a problem was getting things to run correctly.

The Adobe suite from this time requires Java 6, which needs to be manually downloaded from Apple.  The last time I tried to get this all to work, somehow I just was not able to get it to work.  And my issue seemed to be with Java.

So with the first prompt that Adobe needs Java, I went “get info” just installed from there.  Then I opened up Photoshop, which seemed to work fine.  That was the one I had the least problems with before.  Then Illustrator.  I may have got it to open after some effort last time, but I don’t recall, there were issues with that.  Then the ultimate test (for what I have been doing) was opening up InDesign.

Everything looked like it was working.  Which was fantastic.

I decided since I have been wanting to create some soap labels, for myself, for a while, and it would be a decent test of InDesign to see if it actually was working, I dove in and started work on them.  I had a logo I had worked on in Illustrator, I opened it up, saved it where I wanted it to “live” (because with the clean install, I have not been restoring the old data, except as needed).

That worked.  Now the ultimate challenge.  Could I get the soap labels to create nicely?  The short answer was for sure. The long answer will come with my updates about the soap labels and the soap that will be soon available here.

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One Comment

  1. Jigme Datse Yli-Rasku
    Posted 2016 July 24 at 21:33 | Permalink

    This is continuing to work, even though I had thought I had ended up breaking the installatiion. So far, things are actually working

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