Attention MAC techies.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 30, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    Okay, since I recently got both an iPhone (love it) and an iPad (Jury is still out) I decided to upgrade my MacBook Pro to the LION operating system so that all 3 items are integrated and I can use iCloud (which I still haven't figured out yet). The problem is that now Lion is downloaded and I'm good to go, but come to find that programs I use most often like ADOBE PHOTOSHOP and MICROSOFT WORD are no longer compatible with my Mac computer. A new version of Microsoft word is $279, and the Adobe Photoshop is $699. So am I to understand that in order to use the Lion operating system, I have to purchase compatible versions of expensive programs? Arrgggggg! Sounds like a racket to me. A conspiracy I tell ya!

    Anyone else have this problem and, if so, did you find a less expensive solution?
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    Oct 30, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    I think there is just a problem with your configuration. I have a MacBook Pro with the latest version of Lion, 10.7.2, and my Photoshop is not even CS5. I still have CS4, with the latest update to CS4, version 11.0.2. I have no problem running CS4. Whatever version of Photoshop you have, maybe unless it is quite old, I would be very surprised if it won't work on Lion. Specifically, this indicates earlier versions, CS3 and CS4, have been tested along with CS5.
    http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2011/07/photoshop-and-lightroom-compatibility-with-mac-os-x-10-7-lion.html

    Also there is a fix if this is applicable: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/915/cpsid_91595.html

    Suggest contacting Adobe Tech Support tomorrow

    Can't comment about Microsoft Word, but I would be surprised if the situation is not similar. Suggest contacting their Tech Support, also.
  • sloughwest

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    Oct 30, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    Until you get the Word working you can always try LibreOffice which is compatible with Word etc. and doesn't charge, although I believe there are some features that users of Word will miss (not sure what they are) (or have to relearn such as doing mail merges )

    http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/installation/mac/

  • trevchaser

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    Oct 30, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    That should be the case...soemthing is wrong. Give Apple a shout!! Do you have the original DVD/CD to reinstall the software?

    What you can do with Lion is use Apple's downloading utility after downloading Lion to burn it to DVD.

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/08/lion-recovery-disk-assistant-tool-makes-external-lion-boot-recovery-drives/

    I'd backup all your folders under your name, eg. Documents/Desktop/Downloads/Music/Movies/Pictures and then get ready for a fresh reinstall with that newly made DVD.

    It's always to rip a house down to it's foundation and rebuild cleanly there, rather than to renovate an already older house because behind those walls, still come with baggage that is hidden. That's my recommendation. I've done that with all my friend's Macs. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    MS Office Home/Student costs $100. Where are you seeing Word for $279?
  • FredMG

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    Oct 30, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    I had similar problems with Bento.

    It never hurts to run a "repair" from Disk Utilities, sometimes permissions get all reset and stuff.

    Set the Microsoft updater to download the latest version.

    I'd say think about Pages, for both the IOS and Mac, unless you need the gargantuazoid capabilities. I've found pages perfectly good for everthing from Resumes to resarch papers, end of season archaology reports and editing Granma's recipe book. And that comes from a former Word Junkie. But when the tool bars became icon-manic I had to ditch it.

    OR: hit up a community college book store, the student-teacher version of MS Office is like $99
  • FredMG

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    Oct 30, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
    xrichx saidMS Office Home/Student costs $100. Where are you seeing Word for $279?

    +1

    I never found the Student/Teacher version lacking in anything I needed or wanted.
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    LOL @ thepiratebay. CuriousJockAZ: which version each of MS Office and Photoshop are you running?

    Other productivity alternatives in the mean time are
    http://www.openoffice.org/
    http://www.libreoffice.org/, like sloughwest mentioned
    http://docs.google.com

    iWork is now also in the Mac OS App Store.
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    Lion is fucking awful, you're better off staying with 10.6, though it means not having iCloud.
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    Yup. The Home/Student version isn't a watered down version. It's the real deal, just priced lower for Home users. I don't think Microsoft sells the "regular" version anymore. I believe they switched licensing models and offer site licenses for businesses now.

    Also, Adobe sells a student version of Photoshop CS for $200. Again, not a watered down version. I haven't confirmed, but I think the student version adds some additional meta data in the PSD files. But as long as it's for for personal use, you should be ok.

    Both can be bought on amazon.com or even at Best Buy.
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    Oct 30, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidOkay, since I recently got both an iPhone (love it) and an iPad (Jury is still out) I decided to upgrade my MacBook Pro to the LION operating system so that all 3 items are integrated and I can use iCloud (which I still haven't figured out yet). The problem is that now Lion is downloaded and I'm good to go, but come to find that programs I use most often like ADOBE PHOTOSHOP and MICROSOFT WORD are no longer compatible with my Mac computer. A new version of Microsoft word is $279, and the Adobe Photoshop is $699. So am I to understand that in order to use the Lion operating system, I have to purchase compatible versions of expensive programs? Arrgggggg! Sounds like a racket to me. A conspiracy I tell ya!

    Anyone else have this problem and, if so, did you find a less expensive solution?


    Well first of all, Lion is a gimmick. Second of all, those apps have powerpc components to them, which will not run on lion because lion is exclusively intel. Snow leopard had a extension which allowed it to run those applications.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/160497/2011/06/lions_nixrosetta.html
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 31, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Hey guys -

    Thank you to everyone who offered info. It was very helpful. It sort of sucks that in order to use iCloud fully you have to have Lion, and yet if you have Lion some major programs won't work. It turns out that a friend of mine has full versions of the newest Photoshop (mine was old) and Microsoft Office 2011 (mine was maybe 2003 LOL) that he is going to give me. This should work