Solution For Adobe CS6 on Mac OS X El Capitan

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If you’ve upgraded to OS X El Capitan 10.11 and you’re a user of any Adobe CS6 applications (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, etc), you’ll probably run into some issues. Most notably, users have reported problems with Adobe Illustrator not opening at all, and text from text boxes in Adobe InDesign disappearing. There have also been other reports of not being able to use the Undo feature more than 2-5 times.

Luckily for you, there’s a workaround that a few people have reported worked for them.

First of all, you’ll need to download and install Java for OS X 2015-001. Download that DMG file, open it, and follow the installation prompts.

Next, you’ll want to open your Finder App, then browse to the Applications. Find the Adobe application you want to open. While holding down the SHIFT+CTRL+OPT+CMD keys, double click on the application. NOTE: This will reset all of your preferences back to the defaults.

Other Options

Some more suggestions I’ve read include:

Disable Auto-Hide of the Menu Bar. Click Apple Icon > System Preferences > General > Automatically hide and show the menu bar “uncheck it”

Disable the Application Frame from the Window Menu and Disable Application Bar. Some people have had good luck by Enabling Application Frame. Try a combination of these settings.

Move the entire InDesign CS6 application folder from Mac HD > Applications folder to Username > Applications folder. When opening InDesign, if you’re prompted to update select yes.

If this worked for you, let us know in the comments below!

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