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Adobe Illustrator 10

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Adobe_Illustrator_10.sit (59.26 MB)
MD5: f5685adde79c31c94b91135ad3a82c13
For Mac OS 9 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
illustrator_10.0.3_update.sit (23.63 MB)
MD5: 57e6bc12824b57afc58729af4d4bb482
For Mac OS 9 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Adobe_Illustrator_10.0.3.toast_.sit (174.70 MB)
MD5: 3df20e2d5d7ebcd28434ca8ebdd573d2
For Mac OS 9 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (0.33 KB)
MD5: 6959f9d6d558845ea5ac30bfb13870e4
For Mac OS 9 - Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Guides on emulating older applications

Adobe's flagship vector graphic creator, Illustrator, version 10.0.3 for Classic & X, PPC Mac OS.

Top download is a date-limited Adobe Illustrator 10 beta version. It will run in Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X if you first set your system clock back to around 25 May, 2001, but current dates cause an "Adobe Illustrator can't run" error. It isn't recognized by the updaters (2nd DL).
3rd download above is the full original CD toast image w/serial, version 10.0.3. Use Stuffit 5.5 or later to decompress. - Note: The included serial appears to be broken.
4th download: Working install code for AI 10.0.3 in .zip archive. Required for 3rd DL, above.

    While Adobe Illustrator has traditionally been reserved for the print and prepress marketplace, recent versions have targeted a broader audience, including a growing contingent of new-school Web designers. With the latest incarnation of Illustrator, Adobe aims to please both print and prepress designers, as well as cutting-edge Web designer communities. If you're looking for a greater Web focus from your vector graphics program, look no further than Illustrator 10.
    For those concerned about Illustrator becoming too Web focused, don't fret. All of Illustrators previously existing drawing and text tools remain intact. Version 10 also introduces improved tools for drawing lines, arcs, and grids. These new drawing tools will maximize your productivity and provide an easy way to create the shapes you want. In addition to the new drawing tools, Adobe has jumped on the graphics symbol bandwagon by allowing users to save any text object or graphic object as a symbol. Once objects are saved in the Symbol palette, they can be reused infinitely, thus providing easier management of files and decreased file size. Users will fall in love with the simple drag-and-drop usability of the symbols, while the newly added Symbol Sprayer lets you easily add multiple instances of a symbol directly into the document.
    Adobe has also undertaken the task of minimizing the monotony of tedious and repetitive design tasks. By taking advantage of Illustrator-supported scripting languages, users can easily automate repetitive tasks by writing scripts directly in Illustrator. Any of the three popular scripting languages--Visual Basic Script, JavaScript, or AppleScript--can be used. When creating a design, users can assign a text object or graphic object to a variable. These variables can then pull information from any ODBC-compliant database. With this type of power, users can easily create templates for documents such as Web pages or product catalogs.
    In this latest version of Illustrator 10, Adobe has managed to enhance its existing drawing tools with powerful productivity aids. By focusing on important workflow, productivity, and database-connectivity features, Adobe has given the user more time to explore new creative possibilities.

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized)

G3-based Mac with Mac OS 9.1 or Mac OS X 10.1, 128 MB RAM, 180 MB disk space.


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by 256Colors - 2016, June 5 - 6:54pm

Installed this way back and remember there was something weird about updating it (like it was some special version, that couldn't take the update). Works fine. Does anybody know if this was important?

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, April 27 - 9:11am

@WhosIt.There: No problem, I'm just grateful that you bought it to our attention in the 1st place. I mean, that CD image was uploaded to the page in March 2015! And no-one had mentioned it not installing until now, or if a fix had been found, until today. Incredible. So it is really good to get it sorted out.

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, April 27 - 7:27am

You beat me to it. I was just about to upload the same code. Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, April 26 - 10:17pm

@WhosIt.There: Thanks. No, I would not expect you to re-up the entire archive. You can place the code into an empty text file and stuff it - should only be a couple of Kb's compressed, and add it to the downloads above as download #4.

[Edit]: It doesn't matter now. I've found one that works and added it above. It required a strict 10.0.3 code and I had been trying only 10.0 codes, all of which failed.

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, April 26 - 9:57pm

I can add the code I used (its one from serial box) - where / how do you want it??
I remember it saying somewhere to not add codes directly to the page. There's no way I can upload a new archive of the Toast image (it took many many many days of stop-start downloading to get it).

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, April 26 - 7:20am

serial number included with the Toast disc image doesn't work under OS X (and probably not under OS 9 either). The installer says it's "invalid".

Have since tested this on both 9 & X on non-networked G4 with no luck, - same result as WhosIt.There

Also tried several alternative codes found online, still fails here.

[Edit] was typing this up as WhosIt.There posted a more positive result. Will try the "International" approach next.

[Edit] No, choosing "International" didn't help. It must have been the alternative code that you located. Any chance you can add what worked for you to the page, WhosIt.There?

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, April 26 - 7:20am

Finally got it to install. Smile

I'm not exactly sure what I did though. I was re-trying some other codes (there wasn't typo the first time because I simply copy-pasted them) and it decided to accept one of them. It could be because I changed the agreement from "US English" to "International English" ... or it could simply be I missed that particular code first time around.

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, April 25 - 9:53pm

Thanks, but I don't think that's the problem. I think the serial number is blacklisted within the installer itself.

I only have a dial-up account, so I'm not even connected to the internet when I tried to install it - run installer, click "Agree", choose either Easy Install or Custom Install, click install and it asks for the serial number. Sad

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by 24bit - 2016, April 25 - 3:16pm

Newer Adobe apps will phone home at installation and when looking for updates. The serial numbers collected by various user will be blacklisted, if they were single user licenses or when tried too often.
If your Mac is connected to the internet and you want to prevent apps from phoning home, it is advisable to block outgoing connections with an app like LittleSnitch, HandsOff or similar.
For Adobe it may be sufficient to block the registering servers with a custom hosts file.
The file is hidden in OS X at /etc/hosts and should be edited like this:

# Host Database
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting. Do not change this entry.
## localhost broadcasthost
(the remaining lines should stay as they are)

While you are editing this file, consider blocking advertising servers too.
The how-to is here:
You may notice some content loading faster after pasting in the long ad-servers listing, as ads are not pinching bandwidth any more. Smile

On the downside, you will not be able to fetch updates from Adobe and to click some advertising links on the web crawler´s sites, but it should be acceptable to live with that. Wink

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, April 25 - 7:37am

The serial number included with the Toast disc image doesn't work under OS X (and probably not under OS 9 either). The installer says it's "invalid". Sad

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by WhosIt.There - 2016, April 1 - 6:20am

The top download is for a date-limited Adobe Illustrator 10 beta. It will run okay in Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X if you first set your system clock back to around 25 May, 2001, but current dates cause an "Adobe Illustrator can't run" error. It also isn't recognised by the updaters.

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by IIGS_User - 2015, March 26 - 6:50pm

The disc image available from Sendspace is internal now, or unnecessary now?

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by mrdav - 2015, March 23 - 10:53pm

The one on the internal server is just the installer. The sendspace one is a disc image.

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by macjames - 2015, March 23 - 9:25pm

Sendspace sends me a 98.9 MB file, named AI10.sit

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by IIGS_User - 2015, March 23 - 8:12pm

File size on the Sendspace link is different: It says it's 955 KB instead of 99 MB as written above.
What would be the difference between this one and the first file above, even?

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by Haine - 2014, November 27 - 5:37pm

Thanks for sharing,
unluckly I got a MacBook pro (the first one of the first gen, my powerbook is gone) and I can't install it 'cause I'm on intel mac, and the installer requires Classic enviroment.. it requires OS 9.1 so neither SheepShaver is helpful.
I read on internet that copy the folder from a correct installation on a PPC OS X is enough to run.. so...
Could anyone share folder of an installed illustrator 10.0.3 version? also InDesign 2.0.2 is appreciated..
I can't 'stand why PS7.0.1 hasn't that problem..

(sry for english, not native speaker)

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by supernova777 - 2014, September 17 - 1:26pm

all updates here

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by Gary - 2014, April 27 - 12:41pm

I too have attempted to apply the update. It goes through the motions but never actually does anything more than copy stuff to the hard drive.

I haven't been able to change its bad behavior.


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by meleemario - 2014, April 27 - 3:22am

Is anyone else having trouble with the Illustrator 10.0.3 update? It seems to be stuck to the folder "MacOSClassic" on the Macintosh HD. Although it won't update my Illustrator files, it clearly is putting files on my hard drive that I can't find for the life of me. I even tried downloading the update straight from Adobe, and the same thing happens! I even tried running the updater in OS X 10.4.11, and the same thing. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am absolutely baffled!

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by themacmeister - 2012, February 6 - 7:28am

Download (sendspace) working for me... cheers!

I still think 5.5 was the best Illustrator ever...

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by Fortuna Wave - 2011, September 30 - 6:11am

Why you have removed?

TataMisia's picture
by TataMisia - 2011, September 29 - 7:49pm

Use Illustrator 9 or Corel Draw 8

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by TataMisia - 2011, September 29 - 7:47pm


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by Balrog - 2011, September 29 - 6:07pm

this is a bit on the new side of what I'd call "abandonware"....

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by themacmeister - 2011, September 26 - 5:16am

This page is just screaming out for a download link Smile

I have the legit PC installer CD for this (and when I say legit, I mean from a street vendor in Singapore!). I am almost certain it is only the PC files Sad