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Topic # 113189 9-Jan-2013 04:53 Send private message

Please forgive me as I am not sure how to insert a link, however I have downloaded and installed this program without any problems to my old XP Machine.


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

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  Reply # 742037 9-Jan-2013 07:50 Send private message

I posted the same thing on my Facebook page yesterday, but it turns out it isn't true :(
Adobe has stopped the online registration process for it's line of CS2 programs, but the serial numbers up now are only meant for users who have bought the program and are reinstalling it.

Forbes magazine carried the story as well before having to go back and update it.

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No, You Can't Download Adobe CS2 Applications For Free

Update: Following a frenzy of Internet activity — and some confusion — it appears that Adobe isn’t giving away free copies of Adobe CS2.

Adobe scientist Dov Isaacs clarifies:

On behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated …

You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!

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 <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1114930>.

Sorry for getting your hopes up and adding to the confusion.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/adriankingsleyhughes/2013/01/07/download-adobe-cs2-applications-for-free/

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So theoretically you could, but it would still be stealing.





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  Reply # 742054 9-Jan-2013 08:49 Send private message

Well I have downloaded, installed and used without registration direct from the Adobe link in my initial posting.
Here is another link that gives validity to the "free Adobe CS2"

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57562515-263/adobe-releases-creative-suite-2-for-free/



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  Reply # 742056 9-Jan-2013 08:57 Send private message

Quote da5id : "So theoretically you could, but it would still be stealing."

I shall await Adobe to call me a thief for their confusion *grin*



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  Reply # 742061 9-Jan-2013 09:17 Send private message

tedzart: Well I have downloaded, installed and used without registration direct from the Adobe link in my initial posting.
Here is another link that gives validity to the "free Adobe CS2"

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57562515-263/adobe-releases-creative-suite-2-for-free/


Reading the link you posted:


There has been clarification since this story broke. Adobe has not released the CS2 software for free. Instead, it has cancelled its CS2 license management servers, so for those with existing licenses it is now offering downloads that do not require contact with the licensing servers. This service is only going to be available for those with existing Adobe CS2 licenses, which will be verified when creating the Adobe account to download the software.


The initial post announced "free CS2" but the updated information in the post clearly mention it's for existing users affected by the licensing servers going away. It doesn't give validity to the "free Adobe CS2" story. Just because some outlets post an incorrect story doesn't mean it's true ;)







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  Reply # 742082 9-Jan-2013 09:43 Send private message

If it's not supposed to be free then the download page should say so! I can't blame anyone for thinking that it's free and also can't feel sorry for Adobe since this doesn't seem to be "officially" documented.

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  Reply # 742083 9-Jan-2013 09:45 Send private message

Sure. Adobe has made a big mess, making serial keys available in the download page. One can't blame people for downloading and using the software.






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  Reply # 742096 9-Jan-2013 10:25 Send private message

Aha! By Jove! The plot thickens!
Having read the latest updates I now do appear to be a thief in the night, as I have downloaded, installed & used, all without registration but in good faith.
I now ask for some advice. Frankly this would be the only "illegitimate ?" software on my PC.
I like a clean computer ... would it be wise to get rid of this this software?

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  Reply # 742097 9-Jan-2013 10:27 Send private message

"In good faith" is the key here. They created the mess, clearly, not you.

Still, lots of stuff involved in this.






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  Reply # 742098 9-Jan-2013 10:29 Send private message

Thanks for that response ... I shall hold my ground with a stiff upper lip!

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  Reply # 742206 9-Jan-2013 12:48 Send private message

I wouldn't worry too much, according to an Adobe employee: "I don't think you have to worry about Adobe coming after you for this".

Source: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4975256#4975256

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  Reply # 742218 9-Jan-2013 13:02 Send private message

You would struggle to find any sane + reasonable person who would call it stealing, based on the wording used by Adobe, the posting by Adobe of keys with the software, drawing media attention to it, and killing the activation requirement.

Lets face it, Adobe arent coming after you, and no law agency would be interested.

Go for it.

(Heck, even Geekzone will tolerate discussion about it :-P)




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  Reply # 742221 9-Jan-2013 13:09 Send private message

The thing is that Adobe admit that it is software that is over 7 years old, which is their reason for turning of the serveris anyway, as they presume that there are not too many people still using this old software. Also some of the software doesn't work properly on the newest operating systems, and some of it is very out of date anyway. I remember when magazines used to give away older versions of macromedia software , so it is hardly a big thing. It does also show the probelm for Adobe running these activation servers. Their activation system, is really poor anyway. If you own recent Adobe products like me, if you try to activate it online, it comes up with an error code that it can't activate befcuase you are not online, which is a known problem for people in NZ. APaprently there is now no phone activation. Instead as a NZer, you have to set your datezone to US pacific time, and then try to actviate and it will then work. Adobe has never fixed this problem, which is really annoying considering the high cost of the software.

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  Reply # 742245 9-Jan-2013 13:38 Send private message

It gets even more fun: The licence states that the product can be legally used by anyone who has "obtained" it from Adobe. You can obtain it from Adobe by downloading it from the Adobe-provided download page... so according to the licence* there's no issue here.

*I haven't read the licence myself, just heard that it only requires you to "obtain the software from Adobe".

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  Reply # 742501 9-Jan-2013 20:20 Send private message

How does it perform on Windows 7?

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