Twitter was ablaze this afternoon with news that Adobe had released the 8 year old Creative Suite 2 (CS2) package for free. Websites such as Forbes, and CNET published this news and the Adobe website creaked under the strain.
However Adobe had made no such announcement. In a official forum post one employee said:
“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 .
You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!
Special serial numbers that work with these downloads are included on the download page.
However, please note that you are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you already have a valid license to the product!”
So that’s from the horses mouth. No free Adobe CS2!
Sad really as given how many people on Twitter suddenly exclaimed they no longer had to suffer the free GIMP photo editing software, you would have thought it would have been a great move to finish off the competition!
As a long time Adobe Creative Suite user, I’m not sure putting CS2 out there for free wouldn’t be that bad an idea. Most of the software has moved on leaps and bounds to where we are today with CS6. Photoshop CS2 won’t work well with modern DSLR formats and frankly by CS2 Premiere had only just got the hang of handling HDV. AVCHD? Forget it! Want plugins for After Effects CS2? Nothing modern will work with anything that old!
I remember the days when computer magazines used to give away out of date software on their cover disk or CD. What the publishers hoped was they’d entice new users by then offering them “discounts” to upgrade to the full latest version. By all accounts this strategy worked very well.
Perhaps its one that Adobe could adopt? However sadly I think its unlikely. One thing is for sure, there is no free Creative Suite 2 on offer…. for now.