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Adobe Illustrator 5.5

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adobeillustrator55.sit (8.36 MB)
MD5: 3373290628b3cbb6a29864947830050c
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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adobe_patternstextures.sit (1.74 MB)
MD5: 97495606baa883ce20cb4ac0a5a467ff
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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adobe_illustratortm_deluxe.sit (157.60 MB)
MD5: fa7d5442a0dd35073e68aa43c44c9b57
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Adobe's flagship vector art drawing program Illustrator reaches new heights with this .5 upgrade from version 5.0. Notably, Illustrator is now PPC native (both 68k & PPC native). It now has Spelling checking (the Deluxe edition includes several additional, mostly European language dictionaries, German, French, Spanish, etc). The default installation installs US & UK dictionaries only. Plus several new updated enhancements are made to the gradient fills, masking, pallets, plug-in filters, etc.

[Top DL]: Floppy disk install set (Note: unlocked read/write Disk Copy 6.3 images).

[2nd DL]: Additional Adobe Patterns & Textures

[3rd DL]: Adobe Illustrator 5.5 for Macintosh, Deluxe Edition CD-ROM; Also included on the CD, are the following optional components:

Illustrator 5.5 (Deluxe Edition)
Download from Mega.Co.Nz
Architecture: 68k PPC

68k & PPC native. You are given the choice (Custom Install) of either 68k or PPC versions or both. The default install, installs both (FAT).

System Requirements:

Macintosh based system with a 68020 (68k) or greater CPU, or PPC Macintosh
SSW version 6.0.7 or greater for 68k Macintosh
SSW version 7.1.2 or greater for PPC Macintosh
3.1 MB of application RAM
Hard drive

[Note]: I recommend that if installing this software, that you choose a Custom Install, and select only the items that you require, such as fonts. This installer may overwrite installed TrueType fonts with Postscript versions of your fonts if they have the same name as what is in this install set.


Jballs's picture
by Jballs - 2021, February 20 - 2:45am

I don't know if I'm just stupid and couldn't find it, but the S/N for the cd was no where to be found, so I found a working online I thought I'd post here for anyone as excited about this as me!


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by mark Haitch - 2020, December 10 - 6:58pm

Does anyone have the CDRom content of the Adobe illustrator Classroom in a book version 5 please? I just recently got hold of the CIB book but its minus the CD Shock(

soudesune's picture
by soudesune - 2020, November 15 - 8:30pm

Article from contemporary magazine added (MacFormat April 1995).
This issue has comics on the Mac as its theme and is worth a read if you are contemplating composing comics on old Macs.

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, October 1 - 10:42pm

Are the requirements listed correct?

Not by a long shot. As a guess, I would think the original archiver has taken this info from a "Read Me" doc or similar included with the software - which at the time, would have been correct.

The above description needs re-working.

[Edit] Done

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by retro.cycler - 2014, October 1 - 4:05pm

Are the requirements listed correct? I use illustrator 5.5 all the time on a quicksilver 800MHz dual processor, booted natively to OS 9.2.2. That's not a nubus machine is it?

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2014, January 28 - 9:55pm

@macjames: thanks for archiving this

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by themacmeister - 2012, March 2 - 11:46am

This is the best and fastest (and most reliable) version of Illustrator ever released!!!

It can do all the things that 6/8/10 can, but you have to do a lot of things manually, that are automated in later versions.

Heck, version 8.0 couldn't even print to imagesetters (without a bugfix).

This is all the Illustrator, before bloating became popular, especially amongst Ad@be products.

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by turtlecroc - 2012, March 2 - 3:42am

Well, answered my own question. Downloaded, installed, and tested it out... Seems to work fine and didn't crash OS9, but this old version doesn't do a whole lot either. Definitely preferable to use a later version.

turtlecroc's picture
by turtlecroc - 2012, February 27 - 11:31pm

So, Illustrator 5.5 will crash OS9, or what..?

Version 6 is apparently not available on macintoshgarden.

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by MacinTricks - 2011, June 7 - 4:29am

New file is the floppy disk version of Adobe Illustator 5.5.

themacmeister's picture
by themacmeister - 2010, February 10 - 10:09am

This is the best version of Illustrator ever made - blinding fast, with all the features you want or need. I stuck with this version (for design) right up until version 9/10 was released - that is how bad the next 4 versions released were, mostly buggy when printing to different RIP/Imagesetter combinations.

Grab a copy of this while it lasts...!

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by TataMisia - 2010, February 4 - 3:04pm

Im guilty

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by Fortuna Wave - 2010, February 4 - 12:14pm

Someone has been updated the page to includes the box cover and system requirements.