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I upgraded to OS 10.8.5 and i have lost 4 major applications

2381 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 7, 2013 2:02 PM by etresoft RSS
Markie Ross Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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Oct 7, 2013 1:00 PM

I just discovered that I no longer have Photoshop, Appleworks, Microsoft Word , Version tracker Pro, Popcorn, and a Bridge game  I play all of the time. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?  I have no program to write with anymore, I can't edit my photos, copy DVDs or play bridge. I only upgraded to this system because I had to in order to make my new Apple Extreme link up to my new modem. 


Can I go back?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)
  • TStam Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    What did you upgrade from? What versions were the programs you lost? If they required Rosetta, you are out of luck and you will either need to upgrade your programs or restore from a backup which you hopefully have.

  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)

    This is correct then.  PowerPC applications required Rosetta, which let PowerPC applications run on Intel processors.  The last version of OS X that supported Rosetta was 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard).


    There are newer versions of most of those applications, which are paid upgrades.  Or you could use Apple's Pages application as a word processor, or the built in TextEdit, or any number of free Office suites that are out there.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)

    Apple stopped supporting PowerPC machines and software several years ago. If you have a Time Machine or other backup you can reinstall Snow Leopard or whatever you had before. Still, it would probably be a good idea to go ahead and update all of those apps to the most recent versions. You don't want to be stuck in the past.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,315 points)

    Do you have the disks that came with your Mac?  If so you can use them do do an erase and install of the original system and then reinstall your 3rd party apps from their source.


    Otherwise you'll need to upgrade your Photoshop to at least CS3 in order to run it on Mt. Lion.  Since PS has gone to the subscription method you'll need to find a used copy of CS3 or later from a 3rd party retailer in order to get a stand alone verson.  Also Appleworks is no longer supported.


    You'll could create a partition on your boot drive or get an external HD to install the system you had previously in order to run those older application.  Or get upgraded versions (except for Appleworks).


    Personally, I'd opt for Photoshop Elements 11 for Mac.  That has about 75% of the capability of the full PS at about 1/5 the cost. has a number of boxed Photoshop for Mac disks that might do it for you at around $400-500.



  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,920 points)

    Another option is to run a virtual environment where Snow Leopard server is available without having to reboot.






    VM Fusion


    Snow Leopard server for use with the above. Call 1-800-692-7753 and order part number MC588Z/A. Cost is $19.99 + sales tax and shipping.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,510 points)

    If you use Photoshop a lot, then get the CS6, which is still available in a perpetual license boxed version. Adobe has stated that they are going to support CS6 indefinitely. Note that the boxed version of CS6 won't have quite all of the same features as the Creative Cloud version.


    CS6 will last you a lot longer as the Mac OS progresses. There's no guarantee a version as old as CS3 will work in Mavericks, or what comes after that. Then you'll just have to upgrade again.


    You'll have to purchase a full version copy since whatever you have (CS2 at the newest) is too old to qualify for any kind of upgrade discount. If you have no need for the 3D features in the extended version, then this is about the cheapest price you'll find for the standard version of CS6.


    For Office, purchase MS Office 2011 for Mac. Get the business version if you need Outlook, which replaced Entourage as the included email client. If you use Mail in OS X, then get the cheaper Home edition, which leaves Outlook out of the package.


    Eric's method is by far the cheapest, though. Make sure you have at least 8 GB of RAM installed to have a VM and Photoshop running in the host OS.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)

    Old Toad wrote:


    Personally, I'd opt for Photoshop Elements 11 for Mac.  That has about 75% of the capability of the full PS at about 1/5 the cost. has a number of boxed Photoshop for Mac disks that might do it for you at around $400-500.

    Adobe really hasn't embraced the future. Elements is cheaper but it still has all kinds of other problems you will then have to deal with.


    I suggest anyone who has upgraded from Snow Leopard or earlier should just skip all the intermediate steps and go right to the Mac App Store. That's where the future is. Pixelmator is 1/5 the cost of Photoshop Elements and probably does even more. For vector drawing, look at iDraw for $25 instead of Illustrator for a monthly fee.


    Forget what you used to know about Mac software. It is a whole new world.


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