Adobe Creative suite and Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8)

Adobe Creative Suite  applications are expected to work great on Mac OS X 10.8, a.k.a Mountain Lion. The Adobe website reports:

Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.

As with any new release of an operating system, there may be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing.

See complete details on the Creative Suite FAQ page.


In Mountain Lion, Apple has included a feature called Gatekeeper, that makes it safer to download and install application from the internet. Adobe has added the Gatekeeper signing requirements to the currently shipping applications.

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  1. #1 by Ali Lahiji on February 10, 2013 - 3:44 am

    I am running an iMac with Mountain Lion and all the Adobe softwares take very long to load. And then after it loads, it crashis or doesn’t respond! I paid a whole lot of money for the master collection and before upgrading the trial was working perfectly fine.

  2. #2 by on February 11, 2013 - 12:48 am

    I don’t comment, however after reading through a great deal of remarks on Adobe Creative suite and Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8)

  3. #3 by aslam on February 15, 2013 - 11:16 am

    I’m mac user os x version 10.8… I just install adobe illustrator cs6.. it working.. but when appeared on my screen.. I doesn’t like appear normal thing.. and a lot app dissapeared from my screen.. anyone can give idea how to fix this thing..

  4. #4 by Torstein on March 1, 2013 - 1:16 am

    Hi, just moved CS5 from my MacBook to a new MacBook Pro using 10.8.2. Everything works fine, except InDesign who will not launch. Have tried replacing preferences, looked for updates, read everything I could fine on the issue. Nothing works. Help!

    • #5 by Suzanne on March 14, 2013 - 7:27 pm

      I have this exact problem too. Did you manage to find a solution? I migrated mine from my mac book pro to my new iMac on 10.8.2 – illustrator and photoshop both launch fine, but indesign quits seconds into launching, whilst it’s trying to initialise plug-ins… Very frustrating!

    • #6 by Suzanne on March 15, 2013 - 1:44 am

      Hi there, this seems to have fixed my issue
      At first look it doesn’t seem relevant, but it worked for me.
      Hope it works for you :)

  5. #7 by Susan on March 5, 2013 - 4:47 am

    indesigns cs4 crashes when printing or exporting to pdf on mac OS X 10.8.2. Someone please help me with this issue. I cannot afford to upgrade my adobe suite.

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  7. #9 by Loretta on March 20, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Anyone having issues with Mountian lion and CS6? Just bought a new IMAC and I am worried about purchasing the CS6.
    Maybe CS5 would be better. Thoughts?

  8. #10 by Loretta on March 21, 2013 - 5:21 am

    Loretta :
    Anyone having issues with Mountian lion and CS6? Just bought a new IMAC and I am worried about purchasing the CS6.
    Maybe CS5 would be better. Thoughts?

    • #11 by Nishat on April 20, 2013 - 5:03 am

      Get the free trail version see if it works.

  9. #12 by Jojo on May 23, 2013 - 7:30 am

    Just migrated from 2008 iMac to 2013 release MBPro Retina.
    Had CS4 Standard. Having problems too; only InDesign and Illustrator work, got errors for PS and Acrobat Pro. Acrobat wants me to launch another app in CS, before it will authorize, and PS has missing components and wants me to reinstall. Tried reinstall, and DVD gets stuck in mid-install and won’t continue. Anyone have similar issue?

    From what I’m reading, I’m thinking my only good choice is to buy full version CS 5.5 (cuz I obviously can’t find an upgrade) and wait out the glitches until next release to CC 7 or so.

  10. #13 by Jojo on May 23, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Oh, and despite InDesign and AI working fine, Acrobat still won’t work.

  11. #14 by Doug on June 5, 2013 - 1:30 am

    The SING file is the culprit. Trash the Mark II file in the SING folder and everything will work fine unless you are using Japanese, Korean, or Chinese glyphs. Maybe it works then, also, but I wouldn’t know.

  12. #15 by Michael Yokoyama on November 22, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Would like to know if CS4 Web Premium works on OSX 10.8.5.

  13. #16 by bailly on December 10, 2013 - 12:32 am

    i recently converted my cs5 over to my new macbook. the applications work but the display is very grainy and pixilated. does anyone know how to fix this?

  14. #17 by Lauri Polly on January 25, 2014 - 7:07 am

    Soooooo Frustrated. I’m running ADOBE CS5.5 with Lion 10.7.5. All other programs are working fine. Indesign Crashes every time I launch. No word back from Adobe. Does Anyone have a fix for this. Have tried everything posted. Please Help!

  15. #18 by Louisa on March 4, 2014 - 4:34 am

    Having problems with Premiere Pro cs4 and my mac laptop.
    Laptop specs: Macbook Pro 15′ w/retina screen version 10.9.2 running Mountain Lion.
    Everything is working fine until I try to move video clips in the timeline. Whenever I try to move clips around the timeline glitches. The glitch happens as soon as I start dragging the clip and shows me an enlarged image of a portion of my toolbar in the timeline area. As a result I cannot move my clips because I cannot see where they are being moved to….
    Have tired restarting, reinstalling, changing my display and nothing seems to fix the problem.
    Would greatly appreciate assistance!

  16. #19 by Mark Burger on April 22, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    I can’t find the Adobe Illustrator Prefs file for the Mac OS 10.9.2. Can someone tell me if they know where its located or what the Preference name has changed to? Thanks.

  17. #20 by Daphne on May 28, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Acrobat X pro is not working on my laptop with 10.7.5
    After 2 seconds the program stops and closes. What can be the problem?

  18. #21 by David on June 5, 2014 - 1:22 am

    Thinking about purchasing Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 for use on my fairly new (late 2012) Mac Mini. Will 5.5 work on an Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion platform?

  19. #22 by Patricia on September 19, 2014 - 10:44 am

    I just recently upgraded my iMac to OS X 10.8.5 but my CS5 is not working. It says PowerPC application not supported….so even thought starting this post says about not being problems well, there are.

  20. #25 by Michael on October 12, 2014 - 12:04 am

    I recently upgraded from an old Mac Pro (Snow Leopard) to a new iMac (OSX 10.9.5)… and now my Creative Suite 5 does not work with the exception of photoshop. I cannot reinstall because my computer have a disc drive. What should I do? Really need my inDesign and Dreamweaver!

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