An Inexperienced Journey: Uninstalling Adobe CS6


Adobe Bridge and Photoshop from CS6

To their credit, installing Adobe's CS6 Master Collection on my MacBook Pro during class today took all of about twenty or so minutes if their timer can be believed. Perhaps it took longer, but the point is that it was rather more painless than I had envisioned, even if it did leave my launchpad cluttered with useless applications.

I went to delete them this evening after class though, since there's no reason that I would require a program such as Fireworks or InDesign. I wouldn't mind getting to know them in the future, but they don't have any purpose if I consider my immediate requirements. Ruben cautioned me on uninstalling these applications the 'normal' way (sending them all to the trash bin), and rightly so!

Adobe's website hides their instructions neatly within their install instructions:

IMPORTANT: Mac OS has new uninstall functionality. DO NOT drag applications to the trash to uninstall them. To safely uninstall on Mac OS X, double-click the product installer in Applications/Utilities/Adobe Installers or double-click the Uninstall alias located in the Application folder. Select Remove Preferences, then Authenticate as an Administrator and follow the onscreen instructions.

CS6 Uninstaller

There was no alias to be found in mine so I navigated to the appropriate location and clicked the alias contained in there which kindly gave me uninstall options. Uninstalling some of the applications didn't seem to get rid of all the previously installed data though, since there were still folders here and there that had been created by all those applications lying around, not to mention mysteriously they still appeared in the Launchpad.

In the end I just uninstalled everything and reinstalled just Photoshop from scratch. I suppose in this case, it would have been wiser to do that from the start if I hadn't been hurried when setting it all up. If only installing Photoshop CS6 didn't come with Adobe Bridge by default though... I totally didn't just write 'Birdge' there.