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The (cheap) hero's journey to use outdated software (long)
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: April 28, 2021 09:45AM
IIRC, Robert McKee, in his book Story, mentions that the hero's journey is frequently to get back something that has been lost or taken. That describes my feeling after switching to a Mac Mini last year when my decade-old, 27" iMac developed issues with the video card. (While this new Mac Mini pre-dates the M1 chip, the architecture is still too advanced to support Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Plus, Music, the iTunes replacement, does not recognize my iPod and iPod Shuffle.)

Being too cheap to switch to Adobe's subscription model—and too stodgy to want to learn a new procedure to import audiobooks to the iPod Shuffle for exercise sessions—I found someone who was willing to donate an old, unused Macbook Pro. Upped the RAM and replaced the spinner hard drive with an SSD to discover a well-known graphics issue with an under-powered capacitor. Paid a local Mac guru to solder in a new capacitor and should be good to go. Or, so I thought.

The install discs for Adobe CS 5.5 won't let me install the software on the Macbook Pro. Hmm. Adobe's site recognizes me as a customer with my own serial number. Downloaded the CS 5.5 software from Adobe's site, and it won't install.

Plugged in the old SSD from the abandoned iMac (now living in an external enclosure) to the Macbook Pro to try run Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Both seem to work, although slowly—the software is now coming through a USB 2 port.

Dragged Dreamweaver from the external SSD to the Applications folder on the Macbook Pro. Still seems to work.

Is this success? Are there Adobe support files and libraries that haven't been ported over that will create problems?

On another note, the Music library on the new Mac Mini vanished yesterday. Research indicates this is not uncommon. Suggestions from the Internet explain how to re-install previous iTunes libraries, but the latest one I could find was over a week old. Rather than risk losing recent imports, this morning I tried a simple restart. That resurrected the Music playlists. Time Machine is always on, and I frequently run Chronosynch as extra insurance, so I'm not too worried about this, but still.

Todd's cautiously-optimistic keyboard
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Re: The (cheap) hero's journey to use outdated software (long)
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 28, 2021 11:47AM

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Re: The (cheap) hero's journey to use outdated software (long)
Posted by: p8712
Date: April 28, 2021 12:51PM
Buy a snow leopard running machine. It'll feel like an upgrade.
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