2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2013 2:20 PM by sickon
sickon Level 1 (0 points)

I've been runing 10.5. Want to upgrade to Snow Leopard, but not Lion or Mt, Lion because I heard that CS5.5 dosn't run on Mt, Lion and I can't afford to upgrade that right now, Also am hearing about people having problems with CS6. I'm upgrading my MS Office (I am print oriented and that's how most of my work comes to me) but what else would I need to know before installing the 10.6 (what upgrades to download), much less going to Mt. Lion???


Bought the disk online--10.6.3. What do I need from here to upgrade as far as I need but not lose functionality on "older" programs If I upgrade to the top of Snow Leopard, what won't work anymore? If I go to Mt Lion, what, beyond CS 5,5, won't work?


Used to work with others that could help me keep abreast. Now I'm on my own, a relic from hot metal, and learning all by myself again. Any leads would be very appreciated. Thanks,



Mac Pro 8-core, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,063 points)

    I would check the Adobe site for the minimum system requirements of CS5.5. I'm pretty sure it runs on Mountain Lion. Office 2011 also works with Mountain Lion.


    Upgrade Paths to Snow Leopard, Lion, and/or Mountain Lion


    You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed. The following explains what's needed for Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. Be sure to backup your computer before embarking an any OS X upgrade.


    Upgrading to Snow Leopard


    You can purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.


    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.


         Snow Leopard General Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

           2. 1GB of memory

           3. 5GB of available disk space

           4. DVD drive for installation

           5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;

               fees may apply.

           6. Some features require Apple’s iCloud services; fees and

               terms apply.


    Upgrading to Lion


    If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.


    You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax.  It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.


         Lion System Requirements


           1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7,

               or Xeon processor

           2. 2GB of memory

           3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

           4. 7GB of available space

           5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.


    Upgrading to Mountain Lion


    To upgrade to Mountain Lion you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion installed. Purchase and download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. Mountain Lion is $19.99 plus tax. The file is quite large, over 4 GBs, so allow some time to download. It would be preferable to use Ethernet because it is nearly four times faster than wireless.


         OS X Mountain Lion - System Requirements


           Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion


             1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) - Model Identifier 7,1 or later

             2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) - Model Identifier 5,1 or later

             3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) - Model Identifier 2,1 or later

             5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             7. Xserve (Early 2009) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later


    To find the model identifier open System Profiler in the Utilities folder. It's displayed in the panel on the right.


         Are my applications compatible?


             See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps.


         For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.

  • sickon Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!!! This answers most of my questions. I'm between "jobs" so now is the time to upgrade. Again, thanks! Man, I hate/love technology. Being able to do things is so much easier now (I used to have to fight for using an "additional" screen block behind tpe--an additional $10 to a job back in the early '70s). Now most things are 4c and not a fight anymore. I've been chasing technology through phototype--Compugraphic, AM, paste-up and beyond for the last 40 years. Imagining what I've been through--just think about what/where today's "young-ins" will have to go through! The transition (hopefully not lost of print) through all the HTML growth, all the e-book transitions, all those things I'm now fighting with, growing ever more diversified--God bless you all! Thank you, Kappy!!!