How to Check for Adobe Updates

By Shea Laverty

When Adobe releases an update for one of their software products, the onus for updating your software falls on you. These updates may be critical bug-fixes or function extensions, or something less important, like tidying up the user interface or addressing minor complaints. Whether you decide to update or not, Adobe has several ways to do so.

Adobe Updater

All installations of newer Adobe products require Adobe's Updater software, which acts as both an updater and an installer for new software. If an update has been announced, or you suspect one may be waiting, you can launch the Updater program to check for, download and install new updates.

In-App Help Menu

If you don't like using the updater program, you can always update from directly inside the software. Adobe programs all feature a "Check for Updates" option in the Help menu, which can be used to find and install updates for the software. This may be a faster option if you only want to update a single program, instead of checking for, downloading and installing updates for all of your Adobe software.

Adobe Update List

You can also manually install updates without the in-app help menu or Adobe Updater. The Adobe master update list (linked in Resources) contains download links to updates for every Adobe product on the market, all of which are available for free. Once you download the ZIP file, you'll need to unpack it with WinZip or File Explorer and double-click the "AdobePatchInstaller" program inside. On-screen instructions will guide you through the rest of the installation process. You may need to temporarily disable your anti-virus software to enable update patching.

Reasons to Update

In most cases, updates are critical upgrades that repair errors or bugs in the software. They may also add capability to the program, like support for more file types or compatibility with other programs. In almost all cases, installing the latest updates can help you get the very most out of your software.