Recently Adobe made Creative Suite 2 available to download, complete with serial number but without requiring activation. Included were applications Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Elements, Premier Pro, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro and GoLive – available individually or as part of the CS2 bundle. Shortly thereafter the news broke that Adobe was giving away their 10-year-old software for free! It seemed like a late Christmas present.

Well apparently it isn’t. Adobe released an official statement to say:

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.)

So, you can download and install the software from adobes site and it will totally work, but if you don’t already hold a license for the software you are considered to be doing so illegally. By the way there is no warning on the download page that you might inadvertently become a software thief.

So, let me get this straight, Adobe is providing free downloads of CS2… but telling people not to take it? And, in this case, after the horse has bolted and many people have already downloaded it believing it was a Christmas freebie. In short Adobe made a complete and total EPIC FAIL and has come off as a bit of a Grinch.

Personally I think they missed an opportunity. Hardly anyone uses Adobe CS2 any more; it is essentially redundant with people in the creative industries using much more up-to-date versions. If Adobe gave away CS2 it would give an opportunity to people who are not already familiar with the software to try it and get their feet wet with an earlier, simpler version. It would seem generous and encourage brand loyalty. It would also persuade a lot of people to sign up to Adobe’s website. In short it would create new customers.

Just my two pennys worth. What do you think? Is Adobe deliberately encouraging piracy or are they just that dumb?

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