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Let’s try this again - CS2 for free

By on January 7, 2013 10:48:45 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Earlier today Island Dog posted this. The post disappeared… and Adobe was totally swamped as everyone and his mother stampeded to get it.

You’ll have to get an Adobe account.

Second?

 

edit:

The link to the download was removed for very good reason. What both I.D. and I missed [insert embarrassed here] was the key point:

The link was for licensed users. Adobe made no mention of that fact on the page. 



Why Adobe chose to do something this way is quite beyond me, and never occurred to I.D. or me... as it encouraged non-licensed users to download and use software which they were not entitled to use. In my naiveté, I thought that since it is relatively older software, Adobe was being magnanimous. After all, who in his right mind would post download links and a serial key together without the following explanation which only appeared in a blog later on?

 

Clearly, everyone knows SD's and stand on unlicensed software and images.

I regret not having understood that Adobe erred in its choice of methods, and any inconvenience caused to anyone here.

 

By the way, Adobe's faux pas might have been a very clever business move:

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/01/why-adobes-massive-photoshop-fail-couldve-been-a-clever-business-move/

 

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January 7, 2013 11:05:05 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Is this a limited time thing or are they going to keep this up?

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January 7, 2013 11:59:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Got my copy. Maybe I'll start skinning again. Who knows.

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January 8, 2013 12:04:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nice find Doc............If anyone is going to try install this on Windows 7 you might have issues but there is a workaround

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January 8, 2013 12:16:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You’ll have to get an Adobe account.

I'm downloading it for Shaunna now and saw no place to register

I take it then, registering for an account occurs after installation and prior to use?

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January 8, 2013 12:38:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums


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/message/4974662
Sorry for getting your hopes up and adding to the confusion.

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4974662
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>.

 

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

 

          - Dov

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January 8, 2013 12:58:37 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

Frankief is correct.  Here's another thread at adobe supporting the info Frankief has quoted:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4974775#4974775

 

Not sure where to go from here, but I suppose the ethical thing to do would be not to use the software if one in fact is not already a CS2 license-holder prior to downloading the software from the links......

Classic case of closing the barn door after the horses have gone.

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January 8, 2013 1:01:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'm not quite sure what Adobe THINKS it's doing...but I doubt the intention was/is to  be giving the proggy away as it is.

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January 8, 2013 1:05:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Note...rather than delete this thread I have removed the links to downloads, etc.

I think Adobe is being a twit doing things they way they are.

Let's not post links.

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January 8, 2013 1:22:51 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
rather than delete this thread

Thanks for leaving it up, I was kind of wondering what was going on after the other one.  Figured something had gone sideways one way or another.

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January 8, 2013 1:33:23 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

What I find confusing is this from Forbes.....

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

If you have a digital creative streak but your budget doesn’t extend far enough to buy Adobe’s Creative Suite applications, this is for you. Adobe have made available an array of applications from its Creative Suite 2 bundle — for free.'

In one line it is saying only valid license holders can legally download the suite... and in the next it is saying that Adobe made it available for free.

It seems from the Adobe forums, the general consensus is that Adobe did this deliberately and that it will in fact allow CS2 to be downloaded and used for free.

I guess we'll see.

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January 8, 2013 4:45:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Could be to entice would be buyers. Adobe is not known for its cheap prices. I don't know if this is still true but awhile ago when looking over the Adobe web site I noticed a list of available products and the cost. Photoshop 7, now eleven years old, was selling for 699.00 US. A free give away of CS2, that's PS9 I think, first one with the warp tool, would and did cause a rush on the software. I would have jumped all over it were it not for Frankief's post. Good heads up my dear.

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January 8, 2013 6:23:45 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Doh!

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January 8, 2013 6:56:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

All I know is what I read...

1. Adobe is providing a free CS2... 

2. Here's the link with the program, its components and a serial number (key).

 

Don't know about you folks... to me, that's a give away.

 

Please note my edit of the OP.

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January 8, 2013 9:21:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

EDIT sorry after the last massive edits it seems that there is no more the option to resurrect the original post with that Adobe link !

well just in case you are an entitled \ firefox user right click to "Resurrect this page..." or first DL the addon "Resurrect Pages"

and remember to give karmas to DrJBHL and Jafo ! 

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January 8, 2013 10:17:41 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Since Adobe is aware of the amount of downloads this has generated and the fact that the programs and serials are still available on their site, tends to make me believe this was intentional.

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January 8, 2013 11:41:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I got photoshop cs5 retail awhile ago. Even if I did not I would not download this from what I've read it seems like it would be stealing software. Even if adobe still has the page up for anyone to download it.

just my 2 cents

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January 8, 2013 12:16:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums
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January 8, 2013 12:27:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Ya the whole thing seems a bit odd but I suppose if Adobe says it's not free, then it's not free, no matter how poorly they've chosen to distribute it.  Got everybody talking about Adobe for awhile though didn't they?   (plus a pile of new email addresses)

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January 8, 2013 1:01:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting alaknebs,
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/01/08/free_adobe_cs2_download/

 

read the part about mac version...

 

you realize the original intent of this offer (replacement of already exisiting installations)?

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January 8, 2013 5:08:44 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting moshi,
you realize the original intent of this offer (replacement of already exisiting installations)?

Yes, I can't understand why they couldn't just have generic serials listed...much like TechNet does ...available ONLY IF/WHEN you login with your 'account'.

Publicly accessible serials simply saves people the effort of looking for warez...they can get it from the source.

Either a stupid idea...or some obscure 'clever' marketing ploy.

My money is on the former....hence the preference we don't post links and aid and abet their idiocy....

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January 8, 2013 5:16:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

So you take it upon yourself to protect a multi-million dollar company? Interesting.

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January 8, 2013 5:40:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

No, kona.

Read the edit of the OP.

SD's policy since forever has been to eschew non-licensed software/warez/pirated software.

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January 8, 2013 5:41:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting kona0197,
So you take it upon yourself to protect a multi-million dollar company? Interesting.

 

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January 8, 2013 5:54:39 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

^^^ ignored.

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