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#4869 - 10/10/09 07:13 PM Photoshop cs4 with Terminal
tago_mago Offline

Registered: 10/10/09
First off I shouldn't have downloaded a pirated version of Adobe's Photoshop CS4, and followed the insructions on how to get around the serial number by using terminal, because now, I'm sorry I did. And it doesn't even work.
Even the trial version, which I will use until I can afford the real edition, says that it is "not supported on this architecture."
Anyway this is what I followed:

Step 1 - If you?re still going to install CS4, make sure you install it as a trial (do not enter a serial number). If you?ve already installed and have used one of the expiring serials, load any CS4 app, go to the Help menu and Deactivate. Quit any open CS4 apps.

Step 2 - Open Terminal (found in Applications/Utilities/). In the terminal window, paste in:

sudo /Applications/ /etc/hosts

Step 3 - Hit return and type in your admin password.

Step 4 - A file will automatically open in TextEdit. In TextEdit, at the bottom of the document, hit return and paste in the following:

Step 5 - Save the file. Do NOT do a ?Save As?. Close the file.

Step 6 - If you?re on OS X 10.4, reboot. If you?re on OS X 10.5, in a new terminal window, paste in:

sudo dscacheutil -flushcache

Hit return and type in your admin password [if asked again].

Step 7 - Launch any CS4 app and enter the serial from the keygen. The serial will last for decades.

I tried to repair disc permissions, but that didn't work. I thought I might need to repair/archive the system, but I want to make sure there wasn't a way to undo what I might have done in terminal.
Please let me know.

Edited by dianne (10/11/09 03:09 PM)
Edit Reason: moved from the "Audio, Video, Photography" forum.

#4888 - 10/11/09 03:21 PM Re: Photoshop cs4 with Terminal [Re: tago_mago]
dianne Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Hello, tago_mago

Thanks for letting us know that you are seeking help in troubleshooting a problem with pirated software you have chosen to download and tried to install illegally.

Are you aware of this information?
Originally Posted By: The Register
. . . Trojan-horse software dubbed OSX.Trojan.iServices.B hitches a ride on pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Mac that are being distributed in warez channels.
Source: Mac malware tide on the rise.

FineTunedMac does not support the violation of software licenses.

At this point, I do not know what intermediate steps might help you recover from this error.
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