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Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac OS X Yosemite

  • Published on July 30, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac OS X Yosemite

Now that Apple is making pre-release versions of OS X (10.10) available, code-named “Yosemite” some Creative Cloud users are starting to install these pre-release versions of the operating system made available through Apple’s Beta program for developers.

The individual Adobe Creative Cloud applications, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Muse, and Bridge rely heavily upon the operating system to function properly. Changes in the operating system can disrupt the applications ability to operate as intended. Everything from basic functions such as opening a file, to displaying an image on screen are affected by the operating system. Any changes to the way files are accessed or images are displayed may require the applications to be updated for them to run properly.

Adobe recently provided guidance for Creative Cloud customers considering using Creative Cloud applications on pre-release versions of Mac OS X Yosemite. The software vendor indicated that they have not yet optimized their applications to run under Mac OS X Yosemite and that they do not formally support any of their programs that are running on a computer that is using the prerelease Beta version of the operating system.

Adobe has committed to working to ensure that Creative Cloud applications will operate properly when used on computers running Mac OS X Yosemite. Yet at this time, Adobe indicates that errors and other problems are likely to occur. Updated versions of their applications such as Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC that have been optimized for OS X Yosemite are not yet available. Testing in the American Graphics Institute computer labs indicates that Adobe CC apps will install and run under Mac OS X Yosemite, but generally operate more slowly, and do tend to crash or freeze more frequently, even when performing basic tasks such as opening a file.

Based upon testing by American Graphics Institute along with Adobe’s recommendations, you should not install the Adobe CC applications on production computers running pre-release versions of Mac OS X Yosemite. Even when the final version of OS X Yosemite is eventually released, you should confirm that the Creative Suite applications are operating effectively, and look for software updates from Adobe, as each of the individual applications are likely to need to be updated before they can be used. American Graphics Institute will be awaiting these updates before installing them on the Mac systems in classrooms where Adobe training classes are delivered.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.