WOW CS2 is being allowed to be downloaded for free!
Well no it isn’t. A link was posted allowing users to download the whole CS2 creative suite. This was an interesting piece of news, CS2 was a good version of Photoshop released in 2005. The software had jumped a lot more from it predecessor than CS6 has done from CS5.
Well the link is now dead. this is not because people overloaded the severs wanting to grab an old but good photo editor for free, but because it was not for free.
Adobe has disabled the link as it was originally made available for people who had bought CS2 and need to reactivate their copy.
“When trying to activate your Creative Suite 2, Acrobat 7, or Macromedia products you may receive an error that the Activation server is unavailable. As of December 15th the activation servers for these products will be shut down…
… To remedy this difficulty we have made available a version of these software titles that does not require activation. For additional details and specific links to the software please see…”
If it had been true that Adobe were letting older editions of their software to be used for free, it would have been interesting. Photoshop is a heavily pirated program, with 58% of users owning an Illegal copy and with 55% of Lightroom users also being from the skull and cross bone ship.
If they were offering these at a discount it could be a way to curb this trend. Photoshop is seen as needed for photo editing but there are other options out there like “Serif Photoplus” for a fraction of the price.
In the end the old saying is true; if it is too good to be true, it is probably not.