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The Great Adobe Purge of ’19

Earlier today, the #adobe MacAdmins Slack channel was awoken from it’s afternoon/morning slumber with the following message:

Shortly afterwards, I myself, along with other Adobe customers received the same email that can be found here

What does it mean?

Adobe have informed its customers that certain versions of certain Adobe applications are not longer part of any license. If you continue to use these unauthorised versions, you run the risk of claims of infringement by third parties.

Adobe have requested that you update or remove & upgrade (depending on how far behind you are) any unauthorised versions of software you have in your fleet. They also request you delete and (if possible) recreate any deployment installers for the affected versions.

Finally, Adobe will now only offer the latest two releases for applications via their packaging tools and the Creative Cloud Desktop App.

Which applications are these?

Adobe provided the below table:

As mentioned in the #adobe channel, the Product Versions do not match the Creative Cloud Marketing versions they ship with!

Take Photoshop, for example:

  • Photoshop version 20.x is from Adobe Creative Cloud 2019
  • Photoshop version 19.x is from Adobe Creative Cloud 2018

Patrick Fergus (@foigus) made a brilliant new table with the Official Marketing names as well as the applications numbers which should help Admins:


At this point Adobe haven’t specified why this new requirement has come about. There was an incident a few years ago where they lost a case around Dolby Labs’ copyrighted materials (link) but this doesn’t seem related.

It could be to do with the new Java requirements announced by Oracle earlier this year, since a number of the Adobe products have in the past utilised the local Java runtime.

At this point in time, who knows?


Credit goes to Eric Holtam and Parick Fergus along with everyone else in #adobe who shared and discussed the above!


This post covers the changes Adobe announced earlier today in regards to older versions of their Applications. As always, if you have any questions, queries or comments, let me know below (or @daz_wallace on Mac Admins Slack) and I’ll try to respond to and delve into as many as I can.

The usual Disclaimer:

While the author has taken care to provide our readers with accurate information, please use your discretion before acting upon information based on the blog post. I will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.


12 thoughts on “The Great Adobe Purge of ’19

  1. I have CS6 so does this mean that if I try to reload the suite on my computer again (if I have to rebuild the computer), then I won’t be able to because they won’t accept my license key? This is so awful. I am a very part-time designer and can’t afford the subscription service. How do we fight this?


    • Hi Leslie,

      CS6 Apps weren’t mentioned here, only CC Apps. This might mean that CS[x] Apps pre-date licensed component and are fine, or that they don’t and they’re not fine. I can only suggest you reach out to Adobe support for confirmation. Have you tried to re-download CS6 Apps yourself?

      I’ve of the opinion that this is a licensing expiry on a component of these Apps (like the Dolby one mentioned) and so this isn’t really something you can fight, but feel free to take it up with Adobe direct.

      Good luck!



      • I will reach out to adobe. I have Dvd’s For CS6. It came with a license key. I read another article that mentioned that anyone trying to purchase licenses for the older products wouldn’t be able to. I Will reach out to Adobe.


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  3. Stevan del George says:

    The bomb in this Adobe email is … “Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties.”

    It’s one thing to no longer support an older version of software. But this sentence implies potential legal risk if you continue to keep using the older version. The obvious reading is that the earlier version of the software includes some licensed tech/code that Adobe no longer has the rights to and is not in the new versions of the software. (Hopefully Adobe will offer clarification?)

    For many professional users this is disastrous. It’s not unusual to be on projects that last 1-2 years (broadcast packages, special venue project graphics and titles, etc), and of course it is a huge no-no to upgrade to new software version mid project.

    For two LA shops this was the last nail in the coffin and they are dropping AE and Premiere Pro and moving to more “professional” apps like NUKE and AVID. All since last Friday …

    Maybe Adobe is going the way of Apple … the “professional” market is no longer a priority for them and most of their profits come from casual users, students and hobbyists?


    • Actually Adobe is not catering to the small businesses or hobbyists. I can’t afford the subscription fees. We have been staying with cs6. I have a very small design business.

      I don’t think anyone is happy right now.


  4. Stevan says:

    And a third shop made the switch from AE to Nuke today …
    Guess I’ll be getting back up to speed on Nuke the next couple of weeks.


  5. Sophia says:

    This is too Leslie. I’m sure you have found the answer by now. Do not try and reinstall cs6 that’s what I did and i am unable to use Cs6 I paid 800 for in 2013. I believe its basically extortion to get you to go on the monthly subscription.


    • Hmmmm. Have you tried calling Adobe? They said that the latest purge would not affect the older non cloud versions. I would call them up.


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