Will Adobe's CC and CS apps work on Mac OS X Mavericks?

Digital Arts | 01 November 13

Will the likes of Photoshop (above), Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Flash work on Apple's new free Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

As with any OS update – Mac or Windows – your first thought is 'if I install this, will it bugger up my apps?'. Thankfully for Mac OS X 10.9 – which a lot of creatives are going to be downloading, as it's free – the answer is a firm no, with a few exceptions.

Adobe Creative Cloud on Mavericks

If you've signed up for Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription service, all applications will run fine, according to Adobe. After Effects CC previously required an update to run properly, which had to be downloaded as a slightly fiddly patch. Now, though, Adobe has updated its video post-production applications, bringing Mavericks compatibility to After Effects CC and adding more than 150 tools to the apps.

However, at least one user has reported problems with saving in Photoshop CC after installing Mavericks. And there may be problems with the Creative Cloud desktop app itself.

Adobe CS6 on Mavericks

If you're running Creative Suite 6, you'll need to apply a different patch to make After Effects CS6 work with Mavericks. Everything else should work fine.

Adobe CS5 on Mavericks

Adobe says that its CS5 applications work fine on Mavericks, but we found that they wouldn't work at all until we updated Java. Find out how here.

Adobe CS3 and CS4 on Mavericks   

Adobe says that its has tested Photoshop CS4 and CS3 with Mac OS X Mavericks and there are currently no major issues known. Your milage may vary.

Adobe CS and CS2 on Mavericks  

We've not heard of problems, but that might be because few users are still on these versions.


Josh Brown said: pretty sure CS2 is not workign with Mavericks

Joe said: CS2 does not install on Mavericks. It says that there is an error with the installation and it quits.

Warren K said: Good call, my professional image photo software no longer works, even the latest version of the program does not work on Mavericks. Resorted back to I7 windows based computer to do photo work. Also mavericks also slowed my I5 mac down, so if you have a laptop its great, but if you have a desk top unit like me it has slowed system down. Currently in the process of purchasing all new RAM chips; this FREE upgrade is not so cheap after all.

Thomas Nordén said: I have the save issue in Photoshop and Illustrator. Alt tabbing between photshop and illustrator also causes the keyboard to freeze up for some (annyoing) seconds.

Dan W said: I always wait around 6 months to update my OS, that way any bugs can be worked out. Personally, I would love to be one of the first to upgrade, but professionally I can't risk my software not working properly just because I wanted the latest shiny toy.

Guest said: You really should not post claims like this as truth or fact, so many people can't get Premiere CC to work and are now in trouble. The adobe Forum is full of it.

Luke said: Premier Pro CC crashes on splash screen even after update 7.01