Adobe's "Free CS 2 Download" ...debacle or Publicity stunt?
This discussion is not about where to pirate Photoshop.
I'm sure some of you know about tech blogs site advertising CS2 for Free, and people in a download frenzy to grab the older software. It only works on Power Macs, and Installing the CS2 suite for Windows users can be troubling.
What had happened is that Adobe stopped using the activation servers for CS2 (or technical glitch as they have stated). They gave out a download area and at the time all you needed was an Adobe ID to download the software. From what I understand, early on is that you actually got a unique serial (can someone confirm that early on?) and could use the product if your machine could handle it.
Of course people went into a download frenzy, while older software CS2 is still pretty good. Later several statements came out, some ambiguous and some conflicting.
To Dov Isaacs
I don't think you have to worry about Adobe coming after you for this, union_bug.
As soon as our execs have approved an official statement on this issue, I or another Adobe staffer will post it here.
To the Ambiguous Blog statement. Of "OOPS"
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>.
I'll go with they didn't intend to release it for free. I am just curious though how others feel if they clarified it well enough that it shouldn't be downloaded?
"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 customers.
To make this more confusing "free cs2" leads to a Direct Download of CS2 products on Adobe's site (It's like a top 5 listing right now).
The earlier premise of getting an Adobe ID no longer applies.
The downloads are listed along with serial numbers. However, as I wanted to see if confirmed, these serials are not unique. Also even if you use your Adobe ID for download it will list you as the owner of CS2.
So ...what are your thoughts about this? Let CS2 go as a freebie? Should Adobe just shut down the page?