Adobe’s Creative Cloud update lets you install and use CS5 software

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The update to Adobe's Creative Cloud allows the use of software from Creative Suite 5.

The latest update to the Adobe Creative Cloud boasts a number of general fixes and performance improvements, but one new feature stands out from the rest: the ability to install and run previous Adobe software versions alongside its current versions. 

Last week, Adobe launched the Creative Cloud Version update that, once installed, gives subscribers a new option under the Apps tab of the Creative Cloud Manager. Clicking on that tab lets you sort apps by “Previous Version” and then you can select an older Creative Suite software version to install on your computer, but you can only go back one generation (to CS5), at least for now.

This new backward capability feature is sure to satiate many CS6 users that preferred using certain tools from CS5. Now, subscribers will be able to get the best of both Creative Suites without having to make some painful sacrifices. If this feature garners enough positive feedback from Creative Cloud users, there’s the possibility that Adobe will continue to expand upon it.

Surely you’ve come across an old-school CS user that believes the best Adobe software is in the past – maybe they, and others, will be able to go back to using their favorite versions of older Creative Suites in the future. 

According to Adobe, other improvements include general bug fixes, better syncing performance, font sync enhancements, and a new “sign-in experience.” The full list of new features can be found below:

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

(Via Imaging Resource)