I will be upgrading my entire system very soon but not sure about the upgrade protocol.
I currently have CS3 on a 32 bit Windows system and plan to get a new 64 bit computer and the CS5 Production upgrade. My question is: do I have to install my CS3 software onto my new system before I can install the CS5 software?
No ... each version of the Adobe Suite is independent ... I don't recall for sure whether you'd need the CS3 serial to install CS5, but you definitely don't have to install both versions.
You can if you want to though ... I currently have CS3 & CS4 on one machine, CS2, CS3 & CS4 on another and CS2 & CS3 on another ... when I go to CS5, I'll have CS3 and CS5 on them all (just been on CS4 too short a time to need it again for anything).
[David Johnson]"I currently have CS3 & CS4 on one machine, CS2, CS3 & CS4 on another and CS2 & CS3 on another ... when I go to CS5, I'll have CS3 and CS5 on them all"
I'd second the recommendation to install both versions. It works perfectly fine -- just be sure to install the older versions first.
Also, remember that AE CS5 is 64-bit only and requires updates to all your plugins -- the old 32-bit plugins will not work in AE CS5. Since there are still some major plugins that haven't been updated, you may still want to have AE CS3/CS4 around.
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