Macromedia Studio MX

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  1. jdogg707 macrumors regular

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    I have a copy of Macromedia Studio MX that I purchased last year for my classes, but since I recently upgraded from a PC to Mac, I was wondering if there is some way to install the PC version onto the Mac. Is there a patch or something I can use to do this? I really don't want to have to shell out $190.00 for the Student version of Studio MX 2004. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a

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    I think that both Adobe and Macromedia allow for transfers between PC and Mac, infact i know they do. I'm not sure about student versions but i don't see why they wouldn't. Basically what happens is they send you out a new licencing contract which states that you will destroy your PC copy of the software, they then send you out a new Mac version. I think that there is only the cost of shipping to worry about. Email Macromedia or look on their help site. But this is definately something that I've heard of before.

    EDIT: i only just clicked on the previous post's link :eek: that'll teach me! ok maybe not Macromedia but Adobe do! But thats not much help :(
     
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Macromedia got evil with MX 2004! They have Win and Mac versions in every box, which sounds great--but once you pick a platform you're stuck with it forever. The EULA lets you put it on 2 computers, but they must be the same platform. They have software activation now too--and they won't deauthorize computers for you. I don't think they're taking very good care of their customers and I know a lot of people are really pissed about it. Perhaps MX 2005 will get rid of some of the misguided BS.

    So the short answer to your question is "No." Slightly longer answer is "there's a hack to get around activation, so who knows what's possible with crossing platforms but that's all I can say and I've already said too much."
     
  4. stevehaslip macrumors 6502a

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    Ha! we'll yet another reason not to buy the MX 2004 suite! The only real program i'd like for Mac is Flash, it was good on Windows but it tended to crash on me way too often. Its never crashed on any Mac I've used with it on, I've just ever gotten round to buying it (what with it costing money and all) Freehand is good, but so it Illustrator, and i don't use Dreamweaver. The Windows version of Photoshop has an activation type thing now too... Sad times :(
     
  5. jdogg707 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies, guess I'll be shelling out $190.00 for Studio MX 2004. Macromedia's policy is horrible, why does a person have to choose a platform and stick with it? Why can't they see which one it runs better on and then choose?
     
  6. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Exactly. You'd think that since you bought the software you could use it as you wish. Yes, I know you agree to the EULA and that's final. This is similar to the X Box--a perfectly good 700mhz PC that's been crippled so it will only play games. They uncripple it a little at a time and sell you the extra functionality that's always been there. It's easy enough to uncripple it yourself but it's against the EULA. In our new corporate world you have to vote with your dollars--don't support companies you think are screwing you.
     
  7. jdogg707 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good point, so what's a good Dreamweaver replacement? I have tried GoLive and didn't like it too much. Any ideas?
     
  8. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    That's just the problem--there aren't good alternatives. Dreamweaver is far superior to GoLive, Freehand is better than Illustrator, and Flash is just Flash--no good replacement. Although this is a major major faux pas on Macromedia's part, I'll give them a while to find a better and less insulting way to protect their stuff before I condemn them. Actually at the moment I'm happily using MX so I don't have the problems with activation, etc. If they don't change their ways I won't upgrade though.
     

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