Which imac for CS6?

rumorsdan

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Trying to decide what sort of imac to get to run CS6. I know the software is old but the subscription method doesn't suit me. I've heard that cs6 has issues with high sierra so it kinda rules out getting a new (latest) mac. So looking at older 2nd hand models and unsure what year to get. Any advice or opinions appreciated.
 

redheeler

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I've been running Photoshop CS6 in High Sierra, works just fine for the most part.
 

jerwin

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opt for a model with an i7 and m780, then?

that way you won't be helplessly behind the curve.

Or look into getting a classic Mac Pro, and soup it up as much as your budget allows.
 

MCAsan

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Consider replacing CS6 with apps that are more modern and designed to work on High Sierra. Pixelmater Pro and Affinity Photo come to mind....
 

thingstoponder

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True but i'm not in the US and i should probably avoid retina now that i know of the pixelation issues.
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I wish but nothing comes close and past files are all adobe. Plus i love photoshop.
What pixelation issues? I've never heard of this.
 

Samurai Shampoo

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Unless you are lens flaring and 3Ding the hell out of pictures I think the base modell 512 GB is a good option. 2017 base model is very strong compared to previous base models and can take on previous generations i7 models in a lot of disciplines.
 

MCAsan

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It likely not a question of cs6 working with specific hardware like a 2017 iMac. It could be a problem that CS6 can't handle specific MacOS releases like High Sierra with Metal 2.
 

Ph.D.

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But would cs6 work with a 2017 imac without bugs?
You are asking about the old stand-alone CS6, right? If so, my 2017 (base config 27" with 512 SSD) handles it very nicely. No problems at all that I can see, and the speed and clarity of the screen are great.

Of course, some future version of OS-X could break CS6, but that's always a risk with legacy software.
 
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rumorsdan

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You are asking about the old stand-alone CS6, right? If so, my 2017 (base config 27" with 512 SSD) handles it very nicely. No problems at all that I can see, and the speed and clarity of the screen are great.
I got CS6 design standard. Which imac and system os are you using?
 

Ph.D.

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did you load cs6 onto sierra/high sierra? or was it already loaded and then you updated the os?
The software was transferred over from my old machine and re-registered on this one.

I don't think you would have any problems.
 

ElCani

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The software was transferred over from my old machine and re-registered on this one.

I don't think you would have any problems.
Hi there. Can you please confirm if you are using macOS High Sierra? I was under the impression that CS6 was incompatible with the new APFS file system. If your SSD iMac has High Sierra installed it should also be using APFS, which would contradict this.

Thanks.
 

MCAsan

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Would CS6 know/care if it is sitting on APFS or MacOS Extended? I would think that CS6 might have a problem with Metal 2.
 

rumorsdan

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I'd like to know answers to these questions too. I'm tempted to buy a new imac and try to install cs6 to see if it's successful.
 

Lalheri

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Trying to decide what sort of imac to get to run CS6. I know the software is old but the subscription method doesn't suit me. I've heard that cs6 has issues with high sierra so it kinda rules out getting a new (latest) mac. So looking at older 2nd hand models and unsure what year to get. Any advice or opinions appreciated.
Hi, I’m in a similar situation and I’m curious about what decision you made?