Ask LH: Can I Upgrade My Pirate Software To A Legitimate Copy?

Ask LH: Can I Upgrade My Pirate Software To A Legitimate Copy?

Dear Lifehacker, I am really interested in converting my pirate Adobe CS6 installation into a legitimate Creative Cloud subscription. Is there an easy way to do this or do I need to rebuild my computer (iMac) entirely? Thanks, Pirate Plunder

Dear PP,

First things first –- well done on choosing to purchase legitimate software rather than pirating.

We put this question to the folks at Adobe and received the following response:

Your existing Creative Suite installation will not be affected by installing the new CC applications. For example, you can install and use both Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC on the same computer.

So, there’s no need to remove the CS6 installation. If you want more detail on the ins and outs, check the Creative Cloud FAQ.


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  • Or yet another way –
    Keep the pirate version, and run the Cloud version alongside it. If you get tired of constantly paying for CC, with Adobe able to raise the rates any time they like, you can revert to your old pirate version.

  • I can’t wait for a subscription model that’s based on the amount of time I use the apps. Although the adobe suite is an amazing product used by professionals, its also used by hobbyists as well.

    $40/mth isn’t a lot of money but it is when I would hardly use it. I like the idea of only paying for what I use. The most ideal plan would be to have it max out a certain cost. So once my monthly usage hits the $40 (or whatever it is), I can use it as much as I like but won’t incur anymore costs. And I’m sure that this will attract a lot ofnegative “always on” debate though.

    This seems like a win-win for adobe. They would still keep their professionals that use the product constantly and I would assume are their largest audience, but they would also attract a lot more hobbyist people like myself.

    It will be interesting to see if this happens any time soon.

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