UPDATE 8 January: It appears Adobe is not offering free downloads of CS2. According to a post on Adobe’s forums on behalf of Adobe Systems…
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.)
Adobe appears to be offering free and legal downloads of Photoshop CS2, the older version of its popular photo editing software, according to a new page on the company’s website.
News of a possible free Photoshop CS2 download came to light when PetaPixel highlighted a new page on Adobe’s website titled “CS2 Downloads“, where people can download its older Creative Suite 2 software, which includes Photoshop CS2.
The CS2 Downloads page is down at the moment, but it was live long enough for fans of the photo editing software to take screen grabs of the page.
From these images (via PetaPixel) you can see that Photoshop CS2 and each of the other programs from Creative Suite 2 is being offered for download alongside a universal serial number for people to use.
However, because the page is no longer working it remains unclear if enthusiastic fans of the software have crashed the site or the page was simply an error on Adobe’s part.
We placed calls to representatives at Adobe and will update this story as more information becomes available.
Adobe CS2 includes Photoshop CS2, InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2, Adobe ImageReady CS2 and Adobe Version Cue CS2.
Full installation of Adobe CS2 requires 2.62GB of space, and programs like Photoshop CS2 can also be downloaded individually, as can other Adobe products like Photoshop Elements 4/0/5.0.
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