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Offline Ral-Clan

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2013, 06:29:21 PM »
Sorry, but what's the catch here?  Any why is one of the posters above using a Keygen?

I just downloaded Photoshop from the Adobe website linked to in the article mentioned by the original poster, used the serial number provided by Adobe on that site and everything ran fine - no registration required.

Am I missing something?

I am using Windows XP still.
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Offline amiman99

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2013, 07:43:40 PM »
Quote from: ral-clan;721795
Sorry, but what's the catch here?  Any why is one of the posters above using a Keygen?

I just downloaded Photoshop from the Adobe website linked to in the article mentioned by the original poster, used the serial number provided by Adobe on that site and everything ran fine - no registration required.

Am I missing something?

I am using Windows XP still.
I have an Original CD with a serial number, when you install it, it ask you for a serial number, then you need to connect to the Internet to Activate it, which gives you another serial number that you need to enter (or enters it automatically).
This is what the problem is, the Activation Server is taken off-line and no longer working. and w/o it the software is only usable for 30 days.
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Offline psxphill

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2013, 08:19:57 PM »
Quote from: amiman99;721803
I have an Original CD with a serial number, when you install it, it ask you for a serial number, then you need to connect to the Internet to Activate it, which gives you another serial number that you need to enter (or enters it automatically).
This is what the problem is, the Activation Server is taken off-line and no longer working. and w/o it the software is only usable for 30 days.

Sounds like you need to download the new version and grab the serial number.
 
http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html?PID=4485850
 
The 3rd post in this thread has links to the files in case they take down the page again
 
http://slickdeals.net/f/5786762-Freely-Available-Adobe-Creative-Suite-2-CS2-Download
« Last Edit: January 08, 2013, 08:22:16 PM by psxphill »
 

Offline Ral-Clan

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2013, 11:09:46 PM »
Quote from: amiman99;721803
I have an Original CD with a serial number, when you install it, it ask you for a serial number, then you need to connect to the Internet to Activate it, which gives you another serial number that you need to enter (or enters it automatically).
This is what the problem is, the Activation Server is taken off-line and no longer working. and w/o it the software is only usable for 30 days.

But the version I just downloaded said nothing about needing to register in 30 days.  It just runs.  

So I'm trying to get a clear answer .... is this newly released CS2 (linked to in the article) a version with the on-line re-registration removed?

I don't want to download gigabytles of CS2 applications and find out I have to register online in 30 days (with a non-existant server).

I've seen several people mention that you need to have an Adobe account to download the CS2 files from the Adobe site, but I haven't had to do that.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2013, 11:12:26 PM by ral-clan »
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Offline amiman99

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2013, 11:23:27 PM »
simple,

Old version on CD, needs online activation,
New download version, does not.
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Offline takemehomegrandma

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2013, 11:32:03 PM »
Quote from: Ilwrath;721657
Personally, I think Adobe was getting concerned that people WEREN'T pirating their products, anymore.  The kids in school weren't learning on pirated Photoshop.  Pirating Photoshop was more pain than it's worth.  They were learning on Gimp or other free or cheap alternatives, instead.  Failing to hook people on the entry level was starting to hurt Adobe's bottom line in lost sales later.  Hook 'em early, then reel 'em in to pay later when they can afford it is a smart strategy.  A lot smarter than trying to strong-arm a $1000 package on someone who can't pay it, and then wondering why they resent you later.


There is *a lot* more to the CS suites than just Photoshop. I'm a CS6 Design & Web Premium owner, and would have a hard time living without it.

BTW, funny to see these days how Adobe takes steps to make Flash kind of a HTML5+JS authoring tool as a complement to their proprietary Flash format (work with Flash "as usual" when authoring your content, but render it to HTML5+JS if you want to). I'm sure we will see more of that in the future. Makes sense.

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Offline danwood

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2013, 12:36:08 AM »
No you can't download CS2 for free: http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/

Then again the Adobe page appears to be back and has full serials...

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html
« Last Edit: January 09, 2013, 12:38:33 AM by danwood »
 

Offline takemehomegrandma

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2013, 12:54:28 AM »
Quote from: danwood;721825
No you can't download CS2 for free


Funny, I just did (for a friend of mine).

Quote
Then again the Adobe page appears to be back and has full serials...

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html


Download away...

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Offline Ami_GFX

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2013, 01:18:13 AM »
It looks like they're giving away the software but not the license. I assume Adobe knows what it's doing. I've gotten on the download page without an Adobe account. Just started another download.
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Offline toRus

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2013, 01:51:48 AM »
Quote from: kedawa;721645
I've long since dropped PS in favour of Paint.NET, since it's perfectly adequate for my needs,


But Paint.NET runs only on Windoze !
 

Offline psxphill

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2013, 02:03:49 AM »
Quote from: takemehomegrandma;721830
Funny, I just did (for a friend of mine).
 
 
 
Download away...
 
:)

You can download it, but they aren't giving it away.
 
If you don't own the original then downloading it from adobe is in the same legal position as downloading it from thepiratebay.
 
They've just removed the protection for the benefit of legitimate owners.
 
Obviously people will download it who aren't entitled, but it is a very old version.
 

Offline mongo

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2013, 02:40:16 AM »
The only official statement from the company about it appears to be this :

Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers.  While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers.

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2013/01/update-on-cs2-and-acrobat-7-activation-servers.html

Which is incredibly vague.
 

Offline Matt_H

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2013, 04:01:06 AM »
I have a feeling that this is a case of "someone at Adobe screwed up, but the horse has left the barn, so they have to live with it."

I'd happily pay a few hundred bucks for unsupported, non-current versions of CS (with that figure getting progressively smaller the further back in version history we go). Adobe's current sales model is completely impractical for non-professionals who want to get their feet wet. They have the "elements" line at the low end and CS at the high-end, but nothing mid-range. I think that older versions of CS would be good mid-range products.

I'm reminded of the immortal Onion headline: "Photoshop Actually Bought"
 

Offline Ami_GFX

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2013, 04:46:58 AM »
I've been using Photoshop 6 so CS2 is quite an upgrade. But what the heck, I'm still using Deluxe Paint and I have yet to find anything that can do some of the things it can do.

The actual statements from Adobe are vague and contradictory. Is this absolutely brilliant marketing or did someone slip LSD into their water coolers? There seems to be a mentality out there of download this while you can before they wake up and come to their senses. On the other hand, with all the piracy, it might be just a brilliant move to give real Adobe software to kids who can't afford to buy it yet but might be loyal customers when we get to CS10.
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Offline takemehomegrandma

Re: Adobe Creative Suite CS2 released for free.
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2013, 10:25:04 AM »
Quote from: psxphill;721839
You can download it, but they aren't giving it away.
 
If you don't own the original then downloading it from adobe is in the same legal position as downloading it from thepiratebay.
 
They've just removed the protection for the benefit of legitimate owners.
 
Obviously people will download it who aren't entitled, but it is a very old version.


The original owners dowloading these versions will N O T be able to use their original serials, which is even funnier, they have to use these that Adobe kindly provides to the right of the DL link, on that open and unprotected page, open for everyone, not just their registered customers (they DO have log-in customer pages as well, trust me). It's de facto there, free for all to download and use, and as they say themselves, online registration removed (with product killing (yes they did that, and currently still do with newer versions) when serial doesn't check out online they kill the installed products).

So download away people! If you want this *terribly old* piece of SW that is...

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