I recently updated Adobe Creative Suite from 5.0 to 5.5.

I had a hard time finding definitive information about how to go about the upgrade. Here’s what I discovered during the process, and from numerous sources of information online.

  • It is fine to run 5.5 along side an earlier version of CS. This will, however consume a large amount of disk space.
  • Some plugins will not work in 5.5. You’ll need to check up on the ones you use. I use FontAgent Pro and the developers state their Auto-activation plugin works on InDesign 5.5. Although so far I have been getting an incompatibility error message. I am still working on the solution.
  • I don’t think the upgrade is worth the price and for most people I would recommend waiting for CS 6.0
  • Extension Manager appears to find and import the settings from 5.0 extensions.
  • You can uninstall 5.0 by using the Uninstaller in the /Applications/Utilities/Adobe… folder.
  • I’ve seen it said that two versions of Acrobat should not be run along side each other. I currently run 9 and X together with no apparent problems. Personally I don’t like the new interface on Acrobat X, so I continue to use v9.x. I will most likely uninstall Acrobat Pro X entirely.