Adobe Giving Away Free Copies of CS2 Programs? …Sort of
|January 13, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Free Stuff|
In case you’re unaware, it appears as though Adobe has recently begun giving away free copies of many of their CS2 version software packages. The downloads for these packages, along with valid activation serial numbers, can be obtained by visiting this page on the Adobe site.
Creative Suite, Acrobat (3D, Standard and Acrobat Pro), Audition, GoLive, Illustrator, InCopy, Indesign, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Premier Pro are all available as a free download in their CS2 versions.
You should be aware, however, that there are apparently some compatibility issues between Windows 7 and some CS2 versions of various Adobe software products, as is discussed at this thread on the Adobe site. If you’re a Mac user, many CS2 programs also appear to be incompatible with OS-X versions 10.7 or higher. So, you might want to poke around on the web before-hand to see if the particular program you want to download will work properly on your system.
So… it’s free, right? Well… nobody seems particularly certain on that. And, as such, I would caution you to listen to your own conscience when deciding whether or not you’re going to download those programs.
Apparently, Adobe put those programs up on their site for unrestricted download — along with activation serial numbers for each of the specific programs. So, everybody, naturally, kind of assumed that Adobe had made a decision to make their old CS2 software freely available to the general public. I mean, wouldn’t you assume that?
A short time later, however, Adobe released this statement, which included the following:
“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.” [emphasis added]
So, it would seem that Adobe has not actually released their CS2 software for free, to be downloaded willy-nilly by anyone with a notion to do so. But, in fact, the software is intended only for people who have purchased a license for an Adobe CS2 program, but find themselves currently unable to use it due to Adobe’s old and glitchy CS2 authentication servers. In other words, it seems as though, if you’ve never bought a copy of a CS2 program, Adobe doesn’t want you to go and download a copy from that web-page… that they have done absolutely nothing to restrict access to in any way shape or form.
Hrmm… so… therein lies the rub. News about the download availability has gotten out and has made its way all over the web, and people, apparently, ARE downloading these programs willy-nilly. But, Adobe seems to have done absolutely nothing to curtail it. They released a “that wasn’t our intention” statement, and that was about it. The web page, despite an onslaught of hungry freebie seekers, remains active, available and totally open to anyone.
And, if you read the statement that Adobe released, they don’t actually say that you’re not allowed to download the software if you don’t happen to hold a license. They merely say that the intention behind making these products freely available for download was in order to help their paying customers. However, regardless of what their intention was behind doing it, whether or not they have a problem with non-paying customers downloading these titles remains perfectly unclear. And, if you believe that you are wrongfully obtaining these products by downloading them from the site that Adobe has provided, you’re doing so entirely on inference.
I guess the safest bet is that, if you don’t own a legitimate license for an Adobe CS2 product, you probably shouldn’t take advantage of the downloads on that page. But, if you decide to do it anyway, it appears that Adobe is really not all that worried about it. After all, the CS2 generation of Adobe products is really fairly ancient in software terms — it wont even run properly on many reasonably current operating systems. So, who knows what their thinking really is?
Use your own discretion, I suppose.