I was browsing Internet for some hints, but did not find anything yet. And the communication is a bit missleading, one say it won't work, becuase of 32-bit references, another claim it should work, because CS6 Illustrator itself is 64-bit.

Ended up after install with:

and after clicking the icon:

“Adobe Illustrator CS6” needs to be updated.

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according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Illustrator

Adobe Mercury Performance System, 64-bit memory support, new user interface, gradient on a stroke, pattern creator tool, ImageTrace (replaces Live Trace)

From the OSX system information:

Adobe Illustrator CS6:

  Version:  682
  Obtained from:    Identified Developer
  Last Modified:    19/08/2019, 14:06
  Signed by:    Developer ID Application: Adobe Systems, Inc., Developer ID Certification Authority, Apple Root CA
  Location: /Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS6/Adobe Illustrator.app
  Kind: 64-bit
  Get Info String:  16.0.0, Copyright © 1987-2012 Adobe Systems Inc.  All rights reserved.

so it is 64bit


Here's how I got it working:

  1. Move /Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS6/Plug-ins/Illustrator Formats/IdeaFileFormat.aip out of the Plug-ins folder.
  2. Rename /Library/Application Support/Adobe/APE to APE - disabled.
  3. Right-click /Applications/Adobe Illustrator CS6/Adobe Illustrator CS6.app and select Show Package Contents.
  4. Make an alias of Contents/MacOS/Adobe Illustrator and move it to /Applications.
  5. Double-click the alias.

This is pretty crash-prone, and the Dock icon isn't fully functional, but I've used it a few times to update files and it gets the job done.

If I had a Creative Cloud license like the OP, I'd just use the current versions. But I don't use Illustrator or other Adobe software often enough to justify the high subscription price (especially considering many bugs still don't get fixed even with this forced maintenance fee).

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    looks good! Thanks for input! A lot of people will find it yousefull. – andilabs Oct 15 at 12:39
  • sorry your solution does not seem to be usable any more ;( – andilabs Oct 27 at 13:47
  • 2019-10-27 14:46:51 : ERROR RegisterForEventsRequest, VCException occured : connect(/tmp/com.adobe.csi.ctrl-CS6-andi) failed <2: No such file or directory> – andilabs Oct 27 at 13:48

I was able to get Photoshop CS6 to work with the following. Might work for Illustrator.

package contents > contents > MacOS and launch the executable

(to find the package contents, find the file "Adobe Photoshop CS6.app" in the Apps folder, right-click and select "Show Package Content")

  • Note, this is only going to work if the app in question is a 64-bit version. If it's not, then it won't work. – Monomeeth Nov 9 at 6:34

It won't work anymore. Once you update to Catalina. They need to update the app to 64-bit, so we can download it again and install it on our device.

  • this. 32 bit software won't work on Catalina, period. – jwenting Oct 11 at 9:41

No, I did not manage to run Illustrator CS6 in macOS 10.15 Catalina, even if CS6 is 64-bit. I have some related advice, though (hope it fits in here).

I have an Enterprise license allowing me to install the newest versions of most Adobe software. So I uninstalled Illustrator CS6, then I ran the Creative Cloud app for installing the last version (Illustrator 23.1.1). However, it crashes after 5% of the installation process with this error message:

FATAL: Error (Code = 151) executing in command 'CreateMacAliasCommand' for package: 'AdobeColorCommonSetRGB_1_0-mul', version:1.1.4
FATAL: Error occurred in install of package (Name: AdobeColorCommonSetRGB_1_0-mul Version: 1.1.4). Error code: '151'
WARN: Unable to delete file at "/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Recommended". 

So apparently it has some issues with installing ColorSync profiles. Adobe is not able to help with this issue so far. Their main advice is to downgrade to macOS 10.14 Mojave.

However, since I ran into this issue, I tried to do it in a different way on my other Mac: I updated from Illustrator CS6 to the latest version (23.1.1) before upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina. This worked fine, so on that computer I can run Illustrator without issues.

So for those who plan to upgrade to Catalina and have the ability to update to a newer version of Illustrator, my advice is to update Illustrator first.

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    don't post a different question as an answer. Post a question instead. – jwenting Oct 11 at 9:42
  • can you get CC for free when having license on CS6? – andilabs Oct 11 at 10:17
  • @jwenting, I did not post any questions. andilabs: No, I do not think so. – anderfo Oct 11 at 13:53
  • The system volume is read-only in MacOS Catalina. Maybe the installer cannot delete any files from /Library due to that? If so that could explain the problem. Personally I am not a fan of OS's that break users' existing software, nor do I like subscription-based software, so I'm stuck using older versions of the OS. For "security" I simply leave my machine disconnected from the internet. Personally I would suggest that you simply stop using Photoshop and find an alternative that does not expect you to pay for lack of ownership. – CommaToast Oct 30 at 17:34

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