3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2013 4:11 PM by MlchaelLAX
GingerWhale Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a 9 year old  iMac g5 and I'm about to start a photography course therefore would like to purchase and install photoshop.

I want to know if this iMac will load and run this software well, and if so what version should I buy for this old computer!

thank you


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  • 1. Re: I have an iMac g5 it's about 9 years old, I want to buy adobe photoshop what version should I buy that will run well on a computer this old?
    rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (42,145 points)

    You are posting in the wrong forum, this forum is for Intel based iMacs. I would recommend reposting in one of the PPC (PowerPC) iMac forums. However I suspect your machine is so old that it would only run much older versions of Photoshop, while it would run the experience would be much better if you bought a new iMac and  used a newer version of Photoshop.

     

    Good luck.

  • 2. Re: I have an iMac g5 it's about 9 years old, I want to buy adobe photoshop what version should I buy that will run well on a computer this old?
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,225 points)

    You can probaably run all the components of Adobe CS2, which includes Photoshop, which is now a free download from Adobe.

     

    https://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

     

    Note: I'm seeing there is now a notice on the page that Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, which wasn't there previously. I'm not certain what the legal implications of that are or what Adobe is doing. The  wording is confusing. I just tried one of the DLs and it is working. Whether it will actually install now, I have no idea. If the activation servers have been disabled (because of a technical issue), probably not. Whether this is only temporary, I have no idea. I would think Adobe would just withdraw the entire page if they wanted. From the time this first appeared a few weeks ago until now I know it was working and could be installed using the provided serial #s. There was nothing about needing to actually have purchased it originally.

     

    I don't know how strict the OS requirements are. I do know that my old G5 iMac, even upgraded to Leopard, was able to run CS2. In fact, using Rosetta, CS2 still runs on my Snow Leopard.

     

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  • 3. Re: I have an iMac g5 it's about 9 years old, I want to buy adobe photoshop what version should I buy that will run well on a computer this old?
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    WZZZ wrote:

     

    The  wording is confusing. I just tried one of the DLs and it is working. Whether it will actually install now, I have no idea. If the activation servers have been disabled (because of a technical issue), probably not. Whether this is only temporary, I have no idea. I would think Adobe would just withdraw the entire page if they wanted. From the time this first appeared a few weeks ago until now I know it was working and could be installed using the provided serial #s. There was nothing about needing to actually have purchased it originally.

     

    Ginger:

     

    I downloaded CS2 from the Adobe site BEFORE this recent notice was posted and it is the only version that I have and use.

     

    The new notice is VERY confusing, because if you were a prior purchaser of it originally, why would you need their newly supplied serial number (which is what I use since I was NOT a prior purchaser. But again, when I downloaded and installed CS2 there was no such notice).

     

    I suggest that you see if it downloads, installs and works with that serial number, as free is always better than not!   (especially since it is known that iMac G5's are prone to hardware failure from bad capacitors! I had many of them...)

     

    Adobe CS2 install.png

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    WZZZ wrote:

     

    I don't know how strict the OS requirements are. I do know that my old G5 iMac, even upgraded to Leopard, was able to run CS2. In fact, using Rosetta, CS2 still runs on my Snow Leopard.

     

    As you can see from the image, CS2 is running in my Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) environment in Parallels concurrently with Lion.