Free Adobe Creative Suite CS2: Maybe, maybe not?

Adobe staff say they're not giving away Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. for free, but the CS2 software is still available for download

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Yesterday I and other tech bloggers highlighted a section on Adobe.com where the Creative Suite CS2 software--including Photoshop and Illustrator--could be downloaded for free, complete with the unique serial numbers (and no need for an activation code). Adobe is now denying that those downloads are a free giveaway.

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In Adobe's forums, Adobe employee Don Isaacs says on behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated that "You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!"

Whether Adobe intended to or not, there was (is?) a page on their site that enables users with a free Adobe membership to download CS2 software and the special (unique) serial numbers for each product download.

According to Don Isaacs:

What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don't require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. (Special serial numbers are provided on the page for each product download.) See Adobe forums.

You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!

According to this user's post, you need a valid license to download the CS2 software linked here and on other sites--and published on Adobe.com with their unique serial numbers.

So maybe it wasn't Adobe's intention to give away these CS2 serial numbers and downloads for free.

But I think the cat's out of the bag already. At the time the news broke yesterday that this software was free to download, Adobe's website issued no warnings that you needed an existing CS2 license to download, install, or use the software.

It gave you a unique serial number for each program--that's about 8 years old.

(And, yes, with a little sleuthing, you can find the direct downloads still.)

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