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Keeping Adobe Software Products Up-To-Date

Article ID = 12
Article Title = Keeping Adobe Software Products Up-To-Date
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 15th June 2011
Article Last Updated = 9th July 2020
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?12

Article Brief Description:
A guide to keeping your Adobe software products up-to-date

Primary Adobe Product List:

Adobe Acrobat Professional / Reader

Adobe Acrobat Professional / Reader 2015(v15)/2017(v17)/2019(v19)/2020(v20)/DC
NOTE: Acrobat 2015 became end of life on 07/04/2020.
NOTE: Acrobat 2017 becomes end of life on 06/06/2022.
NOTE: All current and supported versions of Adobe Acrobat Pro / Reader now require macOS 10.12 or later. If you are running OS X 10.11 or earlier and cannot upgrade your macOS, you are highly recommended to remove all versions of Adobe Acrobat Pro/Reader from your computer, unless you only open PDFs from trusted sources.
  • Check for an update now: Open Reader/Acrobat and select "Check for Updates" from the 'Help' menu.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: Open Reader/Acrobat and go to the Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat menu > Preferences > select "Updater" from the lis on the left, if available, and make sure "Automatically install updates" or "Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them" is selected/TICKED on the right.
  • NOTE: Adobe Acrobat "Reader" DC/2015 and later have no options for installing updates - they are checked for, downloaded and installed automatically in the background. Acrobat "Pro" only has one option "Automatically install updates" which can be either switched on or off.
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.
NOTE: Although Acrobat Professional may have been installed as part of Creative Suite, the Creative Suite updater does not check for updates to Acrobat Professional! however, Creative Cloud and the Adobe Application Manager do check for updates to Acrobat Professional.
Acrobat Standard/Professional/Reader vXI(11) and earlier
NOTE: Acrobat v11 became end of life on 15/10/2017. The Acrobat XI (11) auto-update feature no longer works on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - this is a known problem for all 10.6 users so Acrobat/Reader updates must be installed manually - Acrobat updates are usually cumulative (combo type) updates so you can install the latest update version to get all the security updates. Updates can be downloaded manually via the Adobe FTP web site (you can navigate it and download from it using a normal web browser) - see links above.
NOTE: Acrobat v10 became end of life on 15/11/2015.
NOTE: Acrobat v9 became end of life on 26/06/2013.
Adobe PDFViewer (web browser plug-in)
The Adobe PDFViewer web browser plug-in is installed by Acrobat v8 (or later) Reader or Professional version and works with Apple's Safari. NOTE: There are potential problems with some versions of the Adobe PDFViewer if you are running Safari in Rosetta or 64 bit mode so you might want to disable the PDF Viewer. Or you can disable it for security reasons (if you trust Apple to keep their PDF viewing software more up-to-date than Adobe).
  • There is no point in deleting the Adobe PDFViewer plug-in from the Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins folder as the "self-repair" feature of Acrobat / Reader will just reinstall it!
  • To disable the Adobe PDFViewer plug-in start Acrobat or Adobe Reader, go to Preferences > Internet and untick the "Display PDF in Browser" option. This will cause any PDF to display inside the Safari window using its native PDF viewer but note that Apple's PDF Viewer may not support all Adobe PDF workflow features such as Collaboration or some of the more complex Forms.

Staying Secure With Adobe Acrobat

Third party alternatives to Acrobat Pro are available in our Alternative Products To Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud article.

If you are going to upgrade Acrobat Pro (macOS 10.12 or later)

  1. Deactivate/Sign Out (Help menu) and remove/delete older versions of Acrobat Pro if no longer needed
  2. NOTE: There is an Acrobat Uninstaller application in the Acrobat Pro folder but if you have Adobe Creative Suite do not use the uninstaller in the Acrobat Pro folder as this will render you unable to reinstall Acrobat Pro - always use the relevant Creative Suite uninstaller in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers, instead.
  3. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  4. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  5. Purchase and install the latest Acrobat Pro as required:
    • Acrobat Pro DC for Mac (1 month subscription) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Acrobat Pro DC for Mac (1 year subscription) Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Acrobat Pro DC for Mac (3 year subscription) Buy it now at Amazon UK
    • Acrobat Pro 2020 for Mac (full retail version - no subscription) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Acrobat Pro 2020 for Mac (full retail version - no subscription - Student and Teacher edition) Buy it now at Amazon USA
    • Acrobat Pro 2017 for Mac (full retail version - no subscription) Buy it now at Amazon UK
    • NOTE: Upgrade licences for non-subscription, retail editions of Acrobat Pro 2020 are available to buy from Adobe's web site in your region. On their site go to PDF & E-signatures > Acrobat plans & pricing > "Questions? We have answers." heading > click "Is there a non-subscription version of Acrobat available? > click the revealed link to purchase online > click "Acrobat Pro 2020 - Buy now" > change 'Type' to "License upgrade" > complete the rest of the form and make your purchase online (if you already have an Adobe ID, use that email address/those details to login and make the purchase, otherwise you will end up with multiple Adobe accounts).
  6. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose your upgraded version of "Acrobat Pro", click on the "Change All…" button

If you are going to upgrade to a third party alternative to Acrobat Pro

  1. Deactivate/Sign Out (Help menu) and remove/delete older versions of Acrobat Pro if no longer needed
  2. NOTE: There is an Acrobat Uninstaller application in the Acrobat Pro folder but if you have Adobe Creative Suite do not use the uninstaller in the Acrobat Pro folder as this will render you unable to reinstall Acrobat Pro - always use the relevant Creative Suite uninstaller in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers, instead.
  3. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  4. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  5. Remove the Adobe PDF internet plug-in if it is installed - check Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins > and delete "AdobePDFViewer.plugin" and/or "AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin" if they are present.
  6. Purchase and install your preferred third party alternative to Acrobat Pro
  7. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose your third party alternative to Acrobat Pro's application name, click on the "Change All…" button

If you don't need Acrobat Pro but want a proper Acrobat Reader application (macOS 10.12 or later)

  1. Deactivate/Sign Out (Help menu) and remove/delete older versions of Acrobat Pro if no longer needed
  2. NOTE: There is an Acrobat Uninstaller application in the Acrobat Pro folder but if you have Adobe Creative Suite do not use the uninstaller in the Acrobat Pro folder as this will render you unable to reinstall Acrobat Pro - always use the relevant Creative Suite uninstaller in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers, instead.
  3. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  4. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  5. Download and install the latest Acrobat Reader as required:
  6. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose either "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017" or "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" depending on which one you installed, click on the "Change All…" button

If you don't need Acrobat Pro and are happy with Apple's Preview application (supported version of macOS only)

Q. What are the current, supported versions of macOS?
A. macOS 11 (Big Sur), macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and macOS 10.14 (Mojave) are supported by Apple. The latest security updates are:
  1. Deactivate/Sign Out (Help menu) and remove/delete older versions of Acrobat Pro if no longer needed
  2. NOTE: There is an Acrobat Uninstaller application in the Acrobat Pro folder but if you have Adobe Creative Suite do not use the uninstaller in the Acrobat Pro folder as this will render you unable to reinstall Acrobat Pro - always use the relevant Creative Suite uninstaller in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers, instead.
  3. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  4. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  5. Remove the Adobe PDF internet plug-in if it is installed - check Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins > and delete "AdobePDFViewer.plugin" and/or "AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin" if they are present.
  6. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose "Preview", click on the "Change All…" button

If you need to keep an old version of Acrobat Pro, won't upgrade to a secure, newer version of Acrobat Pro but are willing to install Acrobat Reader (macOS 10.12 or later)

  1. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  2. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  3. Download and install the latest Acrobat Reader as required:
  4. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose either "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017" or "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC" depending on which one you installed, click on the "Change All…" button

If you need to keep an old version of Acrobat Pro, won't upgrade to a secure, newer version of Acrobat Pro but are not willing to install Acrobat Reader (supported version of macOS only)

Q. What are the current, supported versions of macOS?
A. macOS 11 (Big Sur), macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and macOS 10.14 (Mojave) are supported by Apple. The latest security updates are:
  1. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  2. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  3. Remove the Adobe PDF internet plug-in if it is installed - check Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins > and delete "AdobePDFViewer.plugin" and/or "AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin" if they are present.
  4. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose "Preview", click on the "Change All…" button

If you are not running a supported version of macOS

Q. What are the current, supported versions of macOS?
A. macOS 11 (Big Sur), macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and macOS 10.14 (Mojave) are supported by Apple. The latest security updates are:
  1. Check for older versions of Reader in your Applications folder and delete
  2. NOTE: Reader comes with many different names so check for folders/applications titled "Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader", "Adobe Reader", "Adobe Acrobat Reader DC", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2015", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2017", "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2019" and/or "Adobe Acrobat Reader 2020".
  3. Remove the Adobe PDF internet plug-in if it is installed - check Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins > and delete "AdobePDFViewer.plugin" and/or "AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin" if they are present.
  4. Locate a PDF file and click on it once to highlight it, then go to File menu > Get Info, under the "Open with:" heading click on the pop-up menu and choose "Calculator", click on the "Change All…" button - PDFs downloaded or double-clicked will now attempt to open in Calculator which will result in an error message.
  5. If you need to open a PDF that you know is safe, manually right-click on its icon in the Finder and choose Open With > Preview from the contextual menu.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud (CC / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020)
NOTE: Generally, Adobe only support the latest two versions of CC with important security updates so make sure, where possible, that you are running the latest versions of the individual Creative Cloud applications.
  • Check for an update now: open any Creative Cloud application (but not Acrobat) and select "Updates" from the 'Help' menu.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: open any Creative Cloud application (but not Acrobat) and select "Updates" from the 'Help' menu. If:
    • the "Adobe Application Manager" window opens click "Preferences" (in the top right) and make sure "Notify me of new updates in the menu bar" is ticked.
    • the "Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop" window opens click the cog wheel in the top right, select "Preferences…" and then make sure "Always Keep Creative Cloud Desktop Up To Date" is ticked.
  • You cannot download updates to manually install for the Creative Cloud - you must use the management application.
NOTE: Creative Cloud is a subscription based service so you are eligible for full upgrades as well as minor updates. Creative Cloud desktop app displays an Update All button or Update buttons next to installed apps. Clicking Update or Update All installs the latest versions of apps on your computer. Preferences and settings are migrated over to the new version, and the previous version of the apps are uninstalled. Optionally you can click "Advanced Options" which gives you the facility to not "Import previous settings and preferences" and/or "Remove old versions".

Adobe Creative Suite

Creative Suite 5.5 or 6 including individual applications e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks but not Acrobat
  • Check for an update now: open any Creative Suite application (but not Acrobat) and select "Updates" from the 'Help' menu.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: open any Creative Suite application (but not Acrobat) and select "Updates" from the 'Help' menu. When the Adobe Application Manager window opens click "Preferences" (in the top right) and make sure "Notify me of new updates in the menu bar" is ticked.
  • NOTE: The Adobe Application Manager may not launch or report it cannot install updates - you can manually update the Adobe Application Manager to the latest version but be warned that it will constantly nag you to "upgrade" to Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service.
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.
NOTE: Although Creative Suite 5.5/6 may install Acrobat X(10) or XI(11) the Adobe updater application does not check for Acrobat or AIR updates.
List Of Creative Suite 6 Updates
  • Bridge CS6
    • Adobe Bridge CS6 5.0.2 Update†
  • Dreamweaver CS6
    • Adobe CSXS InfrastructureCS6†
    • Dreamweaver CS6 12.0.3 Update
  • Extension Manager CS6
    • Extension Manager 6.0.8 Update
  • Fireworks CS6
    • Adobe CSXS InfrastructureCS6†
    • Fireworks CS6 12.0.1 Update
  • Flash CS6
    • Adobe CSXS InfrastructureCS6†
    • Flash Pro CS6 Update 2
  • Illustrator CS6
    • Adobe CSXS InfrastructureCS6†
    • Adobe Illustrator 16.0.4 Update
  • InDesign CS6
    • Adobe CSXS InfrastructureCS6†
    • Adobe InDesign CS6 8.1.0 Update
  • Media Encoder CS6
    • Adobe Media Encoder CS6 6.0.2 Update
  • Photoshop CS6
    • Adobe CSXS InfrastructureCS6†
    • Adobe Photoshop 13.0.6 Update
    • Dynamic Link Media Server CS6 1.0.1 Update
  • DPS Desktop Tools CS6
    • DPS Desktop Tools CS6 32.0.0 Update
  • Photoshop Camera Raw 7
    • Photoshop Camera Raw 9.1(CS6) Update
    † - this update is relevant for multiple, different applications
List Of Creative Suite 5.5 Updates
  • Dreamweaver CS5
    • Dreamweaver CS5.5 11.5.3 Updater
  • Extension Manager CS5.5
    • Adobe Extension Manager CS5.5 Update
  • Flash CS5.5
    • Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5 Update 11.5.1
  • InDesign CS5.5
    • Adobe InDesign CS5.5 7.5.3 Update
  • Media Encoder CS5
    • Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5 5.5.1
  • Photoshop Camera Raw
    • Photoshop Camera Raw 6.7 Update
    † - this update is relevant for multiple, different applications
Creative Suite 5 including individual applications e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks but not Acrobat
  • Check for an update now: open any Creative Suite application (but not Acrobat) and select "Updates" from the 'Help' menu.
  • NOTE: Adobe never bothered to update their security certificate for the CS5 update server so although the Adobe Updater will report updates to be installed you will get an error message stating that the "updates cannot be installed" - you can fix this error by temporarily changing your system clock.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: this facility is no longer available (see "Check for an update now" above).
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.
NOTE: Although Creative Suite 5 may install Acrobat 9 the Adobe updater application does not check for Acrobat or AIR updates.
List Of Creative Suite 5 Updates
  • Dreamweaver CS5
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
    • CS Live Services Update For CS5†
    • Dreamweaver CS5 11.0.4 Updater
  • Extension Manager CS5
    • Adobe Extension Manager CS5 5.0 Update
  • Fireworks CS5
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
    • Adobe XMP Panels CS5†
    • CS Live Services Update For CS5†
    • Fireworks CS5 11.0.2 Updater
  • Flash Catalyst CS5
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
  • Flash CS5
    • Adobe Bridge CS5 4.0.5 Update†
    • Adobe Pixel Bender Toolkit 2.5 Update
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
    • Adobe XMP Panels CS5†
    • CS Live Services Update For CS5†
    • Flash Professional CS5 11.0.2
  • Illustrator CS5
    • Adobe Bridge CS5 4.0.5 Update†
    • Adobe Illustrator CS5 15.0.2 Update
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
    • Adobe XMP Panels CS5†
    • CS Live Services Update For CS5†
    • Extend Script Toolkit 3.5.1 Update†
  • InDesign CS5
    • Adobe Bridge CS5 4.0.5 Update†
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
    • Adobe XMP Panels CS5†
    • Adobe InDesign CS5 7.0.4 Update
    • CS Live Services Update For CS5†
    • Extend Script Toolkit 3.5.1 Update†
  • Media Encoder CS5
    • Adobe Media Encoder CS5 5.0.1
  • Photoshop CS5
    • Adobe Bridge CS5 4.0.5 Update†
    • Adobe Player for Embedding 3.1†
    • Adobe XMP Panels CS5†
    • CS Live Services Update For CS5†
    • Extend Script Toolkit 3.5.1 Update†
    • Photoshop 12.0.4 update for Photoshop CS5
  • Photoshop Camera Raw
    • Photoshop Camera Raw 6.7 Update
    † - this update is relevant for multiple, different applications
Creative Suite 4 including individual applications e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks but not Acrobat
  • Check for an update now: go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities > Adobe Utilities > Adobe Updater6 > Adobe Updater.
  • NOTE: Adobe never bothered to update their security certificate for the CS4 update server so the Adobe Updater will report no updates are found/cannot connect to the Adobe servers - you can fix this by temporarily changing your system clock.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: this facility is no longer available (see "Check for an update now" above).
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.
NOTE: Although Creative Suite 4 may install Acrobat 9 the Adobe updater application does not check for Acrobat updates.
List Of Creative Suite 4 Updates
  • Extension Manager CS4
    • Adobe Extension Manager CS4 2.1 Update
  • Flash CS4
    • Adobe Output Module Update†
    • Services Update†
    • Flash CS4 10.0.2 Updater
  • Fireworks CS4
    • Adobe Output Module Update†
    • Services Update†
    • Fireworks CS4 10.0.4 Updater
  • Device Central CS4
    • Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 support to Adobe Device Central CS4
  • Photoshop CS4 (Extended)
    • Adobe Output Module Update†
    • Services Update†
    • Photoshop 11.0.2 update for Adobe Photoshop CS4
    • Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 Update
    • Adobe Photoshop CS4 GPU optional plug-ins
  • InDesign CS4
    • Adobe Output Module Update†
    • Services Update†
    • Adobe InDesign CS4 6.0.6 Update
  • Media Encoder CS4
    • Media Encoder CS4 4.2.0 Update
  • Version Cue Server CS4
    • Version Cue Server 4.0.1 update
  • Updater 6
    • Adobe Updater 6.2 Update
    † - this update is relevant for multiple, different applications
Creative Suite 3 including individual applications e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks but not Acrobat
  • Check for an update now: this facility is no longer available (the Adobe Updater v5 no longer works).
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: this facility is no longer available (the Adobe Updater v5 no longer works).
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.
  • NOTE: Although Creative Suite 3 may install Acrobat 8 the Adobe updater application does not check for Acrobat updates.
List Of Creative Suite 3 Updates
  • Bridge CS3
    • Bridge CS3 2.1.1 Updater
  • Fireworks CS3
    • Fireworks CS3 9.0.1 Updater
  • Flash CS3
    • Flash CS3 9.0.3 Updater
  • Illustrator CS3
    • Illustrator CS3 13.0.2 Updater
  • InDesign CS3
    • Adobe InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update
    • Adobe InDesign CS3 Digital Editions Export Update
  • Photoshop CS3
    • Photoshop 10.0.1 update for Adobe Photoshop CS3
    • Photoshop Camera Raw 4.6 Update
    • Adobe Photoshop CS3 VM Buffering Optional Extensions
  • Version Cue CS3
    • Adobe Version Cue CS3 Server 3.1.0 update
    • Adobe Version Cue CS3 Client 3.1.0 update
    • Adobe Asset Services CS3 3.1.0 update
    • Required update for Version Cue 1.x Workspace
    • Update 2 for Adobe Version Cue 1.x Workspace
    † - this update is relevant for multiple, different applications
Creative Suite 2 including individual applications e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator but not Acrobat
  • Check for an update now: this facility is no longer available (the Adobe Updater no longer works).
  • There is no automated update facility for Creative Suite 2.
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.

Photoshop Lightroom

  • Check for an update now: open Photoshop Lightroom and select "Check for Updates" from the 'Help' menu.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: open Photoshop Lightroom and select "Check for Updates" from the 'Help' menu. Go to Lightroom menu > Preferences > General tab and make sure "Automatically check for updates" is ticked.
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.

Photoshop Elements v8 and later

  • Check for an update now: open Photoshop Elements and select "Check for Updates" from the 'Help' menu.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates: open Photoshop Elements and select "Check for Updates" from the 'Help' menu. When the Adobe Updater or Adobe Application Manager window opens click "Preferences" (in the top right) and make sure "Notify me of new updates in the menu bar" is ticked.
  • Download updates manually from the Adobe updates web site or the Adobe FTP site.

Adobe AIR / Media Player

SECURITY WARNING: Adobe Air 2.x or later no longer supports Apple PowerPC computers. If you still use a PowerPC computer you are now strongly recommended to remove Adobe Air completely (go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities and launch the "Adobe AIR Uninstaller").
SECURITY WARNING: Adobe Air 3.x or later no longer supports Mac OS X 10.4/10.5. If you still use 10.4/10.5 you are now strongly recommended to remove Adobe Air completely (go to Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities and launch the "Adobe AIR Uninstaller"). NOTE: Adobe AIR is installed by default by Creative Suite 4, 5, 5.5 and 6 and some versions of Elements but AIR does not get checked/updated by the Creative Suite "Adobe Updater"!
NOTE: If you are in the UK Adobe AIR may also be installed by the BBC iPlayer Desktop software - check your Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities folder!

Flash Player (web browser plug-in)

SECURITY WARNING: Adobe Flash Player requires OS X 10.9 or later - if you are using an earlier versions of macOS / OS X you are highly recommended to remove Flash completely from your computer.
SECURITY WARNING: Adobe Flash Player is a high security risk and we recommend that if you do not need the software you should remove Flash completely from your computer.
NOTE: Adobe Flash Player will become end of life on the 31st December 2020 and will no longer receive security updates after this date - you should remove Flash completely from your computer on or before this date.
  • Check for an update now:
    • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Flash Player > Advanced tab and click the "Check Now" button.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates:
    • Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Flash Player > Advanced tab and make sure either the "Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)" or "Notify me to install updates" option is on.
  • Download the latest version/updates manually from the Adobe Flash Player web site.

Shockwave Player (web browser plug-in)

SECURITY WARNING: Adobe Shockwave Player is no longer supported on the macOS platform and no longer receives security updates. If you have it installed you are strongly recommended to remove it:
  • Remove Shockwave using the official Adobe uninstaller (if still available to download)
    1. Go to the Adobe Shockwave Player download site
    2. At 'Step 1' choose "Macintosh OSX" from the pop-up menu
    3. At 'Step 2' choose "Shockwave 12.2.5.195 Full (OS X 10.6 and above)" from the pop-up menu
    4. NOTE: If this download is not available go to the "Remove the Shockwave plug-in manually" section below
    5. If the "Shockwave_Installer_Full_64bit.dmg" downloads go to your Downloads folder/location
    6. Locate and delete the "DirectorShockwave.plugin" file if it exists
    7. Restart your computer
  • Remove the Shockwave plug-in manually
    1. Quit all running applications
    2. Go to Macintosh HD > Library > Internet Plug-Ins
    3. Locate the "DirectorShockwave.plugin" file
    4. Delete the "DirectorShockwave.plugin" file if it exists
    5. Go to Macintosh HD > Users > ~your home directory~ > Library > Internet Plug-Ins
    6. Locate and delete the "DirectorShockwave.plugin" file if it exists
    7. Restart your computer

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