Adobe Illustrator CS3

Unknown in 10.8

Some problems in 10.7

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Supports iCloud

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Supports retina graphics

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May not open (Dutch); some printing issues; updates require a workaround

Version 13.0.2
Developer Adobe Systems
Status Unknown

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Will not open:

Error message in Dutch:
U kunt het programma Adobe Illustrator niet openen omdat de powerpc programma's niet langer wordt ondersteund

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[ Ed]EdAnonymous 15 May 2012 15:15

Hi folks, this thread is a bit old, but for those who come here looking for an answer to the Illustrator CS3 crash on print problem, I have a (somewhat) usable workaround. I've not found an answer that fixes the problem, but if you really need to print your Illustrator document, save it as a pdf first, then print it from Acrobat Reader. It's not really a fix, but it works.

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[ D5]D5Anonymous 28 Jul 2012 21:49

I'm using Illustrator CS3 Japanese version (v13.0.3). It must be opened as Japanese mode so I'm using with "Language switcher" software.

I could open the CS3, make some objects, print them, export as jpg and eps.
Basically I don't have any problems. Rather there might be a problem to install the software which I didn't test.

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[ D5]D5Anonymous 28 Jul 2012 21:51

Of course, the previous comment is about the compatibility with Mountain Lion.

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Lion (10.7) Comments

[ Alex]AlexAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 05:11

What problems does Illustrator CS3 have?

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JGJGAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 07:17

Yes, please what are the issues. CS3 PS is a-ok so this is my only red light.

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[ Martijn]MartijnAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 08:13

Illustrator CS3 seems to crash on trying to print a document. Other then that it seems to be okay up to now. I never print here at my home office anyway, but this could be a serious problem for some users.

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[ ]philipz 21 Jul 2011 09:48

If this is the only issue so far it looks very promising (for me at least:)

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[ scott]scottAnonymous 21 Jul 2011 14:27

looks like my previous comment about the print dialogue box was removed so here's a screen grab to show that it does eventually come up.

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JeffJeffAnonymous 27 Jul 2011 22:48

Illustrator CS3 seems to open and function satisfactorily in Lion, but it asked me to download and install Java Runtime beforehand. It was a fairly painless download, so that wasn't much of a big deal.

A more annoying issue with Illustrator (and probably with the entire CS3 suite) is that the Adobe patches to update the software are completely broken. Anything that requires PowerPC architecture will not function in Lion. What this means is that you cannot upgrade your software to version 13.0.1 or 13.0.2. You're stuck with 13.0.0. If it isn't important to you to install the patch, then this shouldn't be a big problem, but there may be some niggling issues that the patch solved that Lion will not support.

I tried downloading and installing the patches directly from the Adobe site - same problem. It complained about a "bspatch" program.

If you can install the patches on Snow Leopard before upgrading to Lion, that is probably the safest bet. If you've done a clean install of Lion as I have, you're probably out of luck with the patches.

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[ Skip]SkipAnonymous 06 Aug 2011 15:00

Jeff is right about the patches being broken for people who have done a clean install with Lion. I've been trying to get them to install for the last two days without any luck…

Be smarter than me and upgrade to Lion from Snow Leopard after installing the 13.0.1 and 13.0.2 patches.

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[ Dave C]Dave CAnonymous 09 Aug 2011 18:29

Does the crash on print bug have any relevance to the type of printer, or is this happening regardless of printer type? This is my lat remaining holdup for upgrading.

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JasonJasonAnonymous 15 Aug 2011 15:58

The comment Jeff mentions is something I've experience for almost 2 years on Snow Leopard. Adobe's buggy update software keeps asking to update Illustrator to 13.0.1 and always fails to install. It's annoying but dosen't seem to effect production. Am I the only one that had this problem previous to Lion?

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BryanBryanAnonymous 15 Aug 2011 21:11

After a few weeks using it on Lion, Illustrator CS3 is no longer opening any files - choosing to crash instead. Like Jeff, I did a clean install and am stuck on v 13.0.0.

This will be the straw that causes me to upgrade to CS5.

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JeffJeffjapchap 28 Aug 2011 05:15

If you're thinking of upgrading to CS5 and ditching your copy of CS3 because you can't get the updates installed, hold that thought!

I've found an effective (albeit slightly troublesome) workaround to update Illustrator CS3 on Lion, even after you've taken the clean install path (installed Lion and then CS3).

Check out the answer by Sergio-PL on the following Apple Discussions thread:

I was able to successfully update Illustrator CS3 to 13.0.2 with this workaround!

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