Well, this turned to be one of the craziest stories of the web lately. Firstly, wild news sparks that Adobe is giving away Creative Suite 2 for free , followed by clarification by Adobe that it is just terminating the activation servers for CS2 and is therefore giving away the Creative Suite 2 along with special keys for any licensed customers who would want to reinstall these legacy products. In any way, you are in luck my friend. You can just hop to the CS2 download page and get all the tools for free.
It is perhaps too good to believe that Adobe is giving away their entire Creative Suite 2 for free. This is extremely helpful for many amongst us who would otherwise be compelled to resort to piracy to just learn Photoshop and other CS tools on our own.
“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 customer”
So should I download this! Is this illegal?
Perhaps you need to stop worrying if your inner-saint is voicing against downloading this. I would tell you why
a) It is CS2!
It was released around 2005 and is more than 4 generations and 7 years old product. Adobe would even be bothered to keep a track of all the legitimate downloads.
b) Adobe themselves made it public.
No one would expect them to release these tools for open download, but they did, and that too with the Installation key right next to the download links. If they were that bothered about the piracy, they could have personally mailed all the legacy customers the specialized key along with the download links, not just shove it up online with the keys.
Okay, Fine. Where do I download and Install?
Adobe has provided a CS2 download page where you can download the CS2 suite with legitimate serial keys. All the individual components of the creative suite listed below are also up for download.
Download: Adobe Creative Suite 2
- Acrobat 3D 1.0 for Windows
- Acrobat Standard 7.0
- Acrobat Pro 8.0
- Audition 3.0
- GoLive CS2
- Illustrator CS2
- InCopy CS2
- InDesign CS2
- Photoshop CS2
- Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
- Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
It was earlier reported on the web that you would have to login with your Adobe ID to download the tools. However upon my verfication I found that you could just head to the download page and download any tool without providing logging in.
Note that you will run into obvious troubles installing ye-old software on Windows 8 (perhaps even Windows 7) but do not worry as the workarounds are relatively simple and just require you to run the installer in Administrator mode to have it up and running. You can as well look at this thread should you run into any trouble (especially for 64 bit users).