Advise setting up new MacBook Pro

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Currently have a Mid 2010 27" iMac and have just purchased a 13" MacBook Pro which will initially be used while traveling and workshops.

My question is about getting applications / programs from the iMac to the new MacBook. I understand that Migration Assistant to move things over but I don't believe I can choose which apps to move over and which not too. If I understand correctly it's a all or nothing as far as apps concerned.

Issue is that I have lots of old apps on the iMac. Some of which were rendered useless as I upgraded the OS (currently on Sierra). Others the actual program has been updated through the years.

For example I have Photoshop CS2, C4, C5, and CS6 as well as corresponding Adobe Bridge files, Adobe Device Central files, Adobe Extension Managers. Same for Lightroom. As I upgraded the old apps remained and a new app was created and save to the HD.

Some of the apps do have a associated Uninstall in the folder but others don't.

Will uninstalling the Photoshop apps CS4-CS5 with the uninstall feature do any damage to CS6 which I want to keep on the iMac and migrate over to the MacBook Pro.

For those apps that do not have a uninstall feature can I simply drag to trash without creating more problems.

Basically trying to clean up the iMac before migrating apps to the MacBook Pro.

Would it just be simpler to reinstall LR6 and CS6 on the MacBook Pro. What would be the best way to do that. Believe I could get the serial number and Key codes from Adobe as they were all registered.

I will be putting both Photoshop and Lightroom CC on the new mac, but would like to keep CS6 and LR6 just in case decide to leave the CC model.

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John
 
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I just added the 13 MBP myself. To get the apps I wanted all I did was open Finder - Applications, then drag the app I wanted to a thumb drive. When done I plugged the thumb drive into the MBP and drug the apps to Finder - Applications.
 
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What I would recommend is setting up the MacBook as a "new" machine. When you add your iCloud/iTunes accounts, all of their "stuff" will be installed automatically (mail, calendars, iTunes settings, etc.). Then, selectively install what you want on your laptop, preferably from fresh downloads to get the latest versions.

I do something similar to this every year or so ... just wipe my MacBookPro clean, re-install macOS, then start new. I do this as my SSD is fairly small (256GB) and things do accumulate over time!

Hope this helps.

Ken
 
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I'm with Ken a clean install is by far the best---all that junk and remnants of programs past don't get transferred over.

For programs that lack an uninstaller I use "AppCleaner" Works like a charm!
 
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Thanks guys, think this is going to take a little getting use to. Tried to download cs6 to the new iMac from the website , but got a error that service files were missing. Then I tried uninstall cs4 using the uninstall function. Seemed to be find but when I opened CS6 on the iMac gave me a error that files were missing. I'll try to contact adobe on Monday. Ended up going ahead and subscribed to CC and downloaded to the MacBook Pro. Photoshop seems to be ok. Added The Lumenzia panel without a problem and one of the actions that I had. it also worked. Now I just need to get all the other actions and presets and filters loaded.

Still missing music from iTunes, contacts, and my books. Other software needs to also be loaded

Is there a settled workflow when using the laptop and also a desktop that you find most efficient. Think I'll keep all the images on my external as I've been doing but need to migrate the LRCat from LR6 as well as migrate the Capture One Catalog.

Again thank you
 
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Definitely do a clean install. You should be able to get the CS6 installer and plug in your serial just fine. The recommendation of dragging an app to a thumb drive and moving it over is not ideal nor will it work for all applications.

For syncing between, I haven't found anything great but moving documents and music and such over is simple. Copy those folders to an external then move them to the new. For iTunes just option + click the application and choose your library file and it'll port over everything like it was on your iMac. documents just put in their respective folders on new machine.

As for legacy adobe products with current, this is where adobe falls short. Getting rid of one will mess up others for some stupid reason. You're probably better off just reinstalling them there too.

Rule of thumb - if the app comes with it's own uninstaller, use it. If it doesn't, use AppCleaner. You can drag to trash and empty but it doesn't get rid of ancillary files whereas AppCleaner will.
 
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Definitely do a clean install.
Rule of thumb - if the app comes with it's own uninstaller, use it. If it doesn't, use AppCleaner. You can drag to trash and empty but it doesn't get rid of ancillary files whereas AppCleaner will.

I have never done a clean install and I have owned many Macs. Plus 1 again on App Zapper or AppCleaner
 
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Rule of thumb - if the app comes with it's own uninstaller, use it. If it doesn't, use AppCleaner. You can drag to trash and empty but it doesn't get rid of ancillary files whereas AppCleaner will.
I find even "uninstaller" tools are not thorough. You can use AppCleaner to locate all of the files it thinks are associated with an app including old preference files, things squirreled away in all kinds of places that the uninstaller doesn't get. Adobe uninstallers are notorious for not being thorough. Before upgrading to Mojave I cleaned up my MacBook Pro. I found old Adobe cruft that I was certain had been removed long ago via their uninstall tool.

Like others – I recommend a clean install. Don't bring any garbage with you.
 
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I have never done a clean install and I have owned many Macs. Plus 1 again on App Zapper or AppCleaner
There is just something to be said about a fresh installation, especially with years of old applications (even more so with old Adobe apps). It's definitely not a requirement, it's just nice.

I find even "uninstaller" tools are not thorough. You can use AppCleaner to locate all of the files it thinks are associated with an app including old preference files, things squirreled away in all kinds of places that the uninstaller doesn't get. Adobe uninstallers are notorious for not being thorough. Before upgrading to Mojave I cleaned up my MacBook Pro. I found old Adobe cruft that I was certain had been removed long ago via their uninstall tool.

Like others – I recommend a clean install. Don't bring any garbage with you.
You're right, I don't think I use the uninstallers either if AppCleaner will do it. Some things that have preference panes and such tend to do a better job from the uninstaller but otherwise i've found AppCleaner to work for 99% of cases out there.
 

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