Tidal Smash

Continuing yesterday’s oceanic-themed topic, the plot thickens – or the fog clears, depending on how you see it. The more you look around, the clearer a pattern seems to form. Here’s a brief summary of what I’ve observed and what info is available regarding Adobe apps on OS X 10.9

  • For After Effects, Todd Kopriva pointed out that this issue only affects trial versions. However, since defunct Adobe Application Managers/ Creative Cloud apps may mess with your activation, that would still apply even if you run a full version.
  • On the previous note, it may be necessary to re-install the controller app after running the operating system update. Likewise, outdated versions of the application manager will not work at all. So if, like me, you don’t let it launch on system start-up and only use it for the actual install, you may need to check and sort that out by running the necessary updates.
  • The success of the previous operations seems to depend on what Mac you use and from which version of OS X you upgrade. It would appear that updating from the 10.7 and 10.8 versions is more error prone because some Adobe apps already had trouble there.
  • Photoshop seems a 50/50 thing and similar to previous points, it seems to matter a lot which exact version you are using and how the updates were applied. You may need to re-install from scratch to fix it. Also note that some plug-ins and extensions do not seem to work anymore because they do not load.
  • If you are an Illustrator user, you may be screwed. There are several posts on forums about the program flat out not working at all despite using the proper latest update and having re-installed Creative Cloud. The same plug-in loading issue also applies.
  • There appears to be a generic problem with drawing menus and file dialogs in some applications on some Macs. They appear empty or black. You may have to toy around with your settings for screen resolution and handling of multiple desktops then.

All of the above applies to the CS6 and CC versions of the programs. Luckily, CS5 and CS5.5 should at least work because they don’t use any specific stuff from newer versions of OS X, but on the other hand CS4 and before do not seem to work at all.

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