Installing Older versions of Adobe Creative Cloud software


How to check which version you have

Open the Applications folder. Each Adobe application will be followed by a year.


Cross reference the year listed with the one listed here: Software Versions

How to download an older version of any Creative Cloud app

Older versions of Creative Cloud software must be downloaded through the Creative Cloud Desktop app. 

The first step is to see if you have the desktop app installed. To do so, check whether or not you have a Creative Cloud symbol in the menu bar (top right of your screen, near the time) or use the spotlight search (magnifying glass) and search Creative Cloud.


If you do not have the Creative Cloud desktop app, download it here: Creative Cloud Desktop App Download

Once you have the desktop app installed, open the interface by clicking on the Creative Cloud logo in the menu bar. Select the Apps tab. Here you will find a list of all the Creative Cloud applications, even ones you have not installed.


To the right of each application will be a button reading ‘open,’ ‘install,’ ‘update,’ or ‘launch.’ Find the program you need to download. In this example, we will use Premiere.


The right side of this button a dropdown menu.


Click this and select ‘manage’ then ‘other versions.’


Another window will open with various version numbers. Select the correct version number based on our lab software chart: Post Lab Software versions


That it! Just be careful that you always open your project in the correct version. If you simply double-click on a project file, it will likely open in 2020. Avoid this by opening the 2019 program first then select the project under file/open project...

How to send an After Effects project to an older version


Open your project in the version of After Effects that you used last. Open the file menu and select "Save As" then "save a copy as CC (15). This will create a new, duplicate project file. This new file will open in older versions of After Effects.

NOTE: It is a good idea to rename your project files so that you always know which version to open.

How to send a Premiere project to an older version

Unfortunately, there is no official way to migrate a new project to an old versions. Below are two workarounds for this problem. 


Open your Premiere project. Export each of your sequences as a Final Cut XML. If you have multiple sequences, you will want to create a folder and name each individual XML in an organized fashion. 


Now open the older version of Premiere and start a new project. Import all of your XMLs and your sequences should appear exactly as they did in the previous project.

Unfortunately, this method does not account for bins or other project organization & metadata. If you are dealing with a larger complicated project, it may be worth trying an alternative method.

Online Converter Tool

Please note that this method is not officially supported by Adobe nor are we prepared to troubleshoot issues that you may face with this method. Please back up your project to a separate hard drive before attempting these.

Third party Premiere project "downgrader:"

Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs

Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are backward compatible, so all you have to do is download the correct version and your project should open properly.

Why is Emerson using these versions?

It is our policy to remain on the same version until the end of the academic year. We update our computers in August in preparation for the upcoming academic year and we stick to these versions until the following August.