Links to the Adobe CS5 Online Help PDFs

January 7, 2011 - 12:42pm ||| 9 Comments | Add new

Adobe doesn’t ship printed manuals with their software anymore, at least, not with the Creative Suite applications. Instead, you use the Help > [program_name] Help command in each individual program, which opens either the new local Adobe Help AIR application, or your default browser. Either one brings you the main online help files for that program, “live” as they are hosted on Adobe’s web site.

They’re up to date, they’re searchable, and I think they’re great (especially the ones with user comments at the end), but sometimes I just want to be able to open up an actual manual, you know? Even a PDF of a manual.

It’s easy to miss, but each page of a program’s Online Help web site or Adobe Help page has a link to the PDF version of online help. Here’s what it looks like in Photoshop CS5’s online help, in the upper right corner:

To save you some time, I thought you might appreciate the download links to each of the PDFs for the main Creative Suite 5 (Design) online help files.

Click to download:

Probably the loneliest Adobe online help web site and accompanying PDF is the one for the Creative Suite itself. You can only get to it by looking for the Help web site from Bridge or Camera Raw. But it has some wonderful content, check out the PDF’s bookmarks:

Grab it now before you forget! Creative Suite 5 Help (8.7 MB)

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1 March 17, 2011 - 1:49pm by LJ (not verified):

Of course, it’s depressing that the InDesign manual is now up to 691 pages — scarcely something anyone could print out for office or home use and reference. I don’t like reading for extended periods on screen, and would really love to be able to mark up pages I’d like to share with staff at my leisure. Is there anyone printing the ‘missing manual’ out there?

2 March 23, 2011 - 2:00pm by bubba (not verified):

i’m happy that they don’t ship these manuals anymore — not only does it save all the printing waste and reduce the costs of the software, it allows Adobe to include much more information than they would otherwise, and that information can be updated quickly. you can print and read the pages you need and not have to print the whole thing. you can also extract them and send them to other people. and bookmarking…

3 June 9, 2011 - 5:26am by Seyi Akinruntan (not verified):

It is sites like yours that make searching the web worthwhile. I have been searching via Google for the PDF help files for CS5. Even the Adobe site doesn’t have it. Too many companies are so lousy with their customer service. Adobe’s one in that regard. How can invest in such an elaborate suite of applications and cannot access the help files? I know it has a live one which is online. But I am not always online.


4 June 9, 2011 - 8:10am by Anne Marie:

Thank you Seyi!

5 September 18, 2011 - 11:57am by Anonymous (not verified):

Thanks this is helpful

6 October 26, 2011 - 6:49pm by Sergey (not verified):

Unfortunately Adobe closed that opportunity. You can download a pdf help file, but it will disappear as soon as you close the web page you’ve downloaded it from.

7 October 26, 2011 - 10:16pm by Anne Marie:

Sergey, I think the problem you describe is because you’re viewing the PDF in your web browser window. After it appears there, hover over the bottom center area to see a row of icons appear. One of these, when you click it, will open the PDF in Reader or Acrobat. From there you can do a Save As and save the PDF to your hard drive.

8 July 21, 2012 - 2:24pm by Hugo (not verified):

Thanks… you great in providing these help ..

9 November 5, 2012 - 12:01pm by Sheila Macdonald (not verified):

This is extremely helpful as I have not been able to locate the pdfs on the website for CS5 or 5.5. It used to be in the top corner ready for download. Thanks!

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