Photoshop on a CD, not Creative Cloud!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by nancyr98765, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. nancyr98765 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2017
    I'm used to Photoshop, CS4, works great. I need it for an upgraded computer, too, but can't use the same one, gotta be a newer. version. I can't bring myself to buy the creative cloud subscription-- had a lot of trouble just installing the stupid trial version, I don't trust them trying to deal with the real thing on an ongoing basis. What I really want is to buy the disc, the one on a CD, and skip Adobe's subscription scam.

    So.....Does anyone know where a good source is for buying Photoshop on a CD that isn't $700 and will work on Sierra? (Third party sellers?) I don't know why this should be so difficult but it is. (I've considered eBay, but heard many of those are bootlegged, look like the real thing, and can cause even more problems.)

    Any advice is very much appreciated!
  2. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    I'm not even sure CS4 will run on Sierra. You might find a legit copy of CS6. Most copies will be the upgrade version, and Adobe doesn't even support it anymore.

    JMHO, but their Creative Cloud plan isn't a scam. I have the Photography CC plan, and for $8 a month (KelbyOne subscription discount), I have the latest versions of Lightroom, Photoshop and a portfolio site.
  3. nancyr98765 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2017
    Well, fellow Mac people, you can disregard my post. I'm pretty sure I'm going to dump Adobe and switch to Affinity Photo. I just looked at their website and video and I'm betting it's the way to go. I've read a LOT of unhappy Adobe users' posts and it's time to move on. Adobe has lousy customer support in addition to being WAY overpriced, and Cloud services?---no thanks! No subscription to Affinity. And how can you beat a $49 price tag? I feel free again! :)
  4. organicCPU macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2016
    AFAIK, you are allowed to install any CS4 product on one desktop and additionally on one mobile Mac with just one valid license key. I've been reading that CS4 will run on macOS Sierra (High Sierra won't run 32 bit applications anymore). Just download Photoshop from here and give it a try.

    Of course, Affinity Photo is a good alternative to Photoshop...
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    That's not correct; you're probably thinking of iOS 11.
  6. organicCPU macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2016
    I'm glad to see that I was wrong. High Sierra is announced to be the last macOS running 32 bit Apps. Must have mixed it up with the 32 bit App rejection of the Mac App Store. At least some chances that old CS applications could still work on High Sierra. Thank you for pointing that out.

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