Adobe (PhotoShop) Acrobat 7 and CS2 products
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Adobe (PhotoShop) Acrobat 7 and CS2 products

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Found 20th May 2015
I was looking for an old copy of PhotoShop on ebay and I was getting prices of around £60+ (windows) I decided to google it for a free legal copy and found that Adobe offer the CS2 version for free.
All you need to do is log in if your a registerd user or create an account (for free).

for Windows and Mac.

Here is what you need to know from the website:

Read before you download a CS2 product
Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems; Adobe no longer supports them.

Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.
CS2 system requirements

Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8, PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
Microsoft® Windows® 2000/Windows XP, Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor

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BTW, all adobe products in that era are free to use with free licences from Adobe and has been since last year.

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splender

BTW, all adobe products in that era are free to use with free licences … BTW, all adobe products in that era are free to use with free licences from Adobe and has been since last year.



not everyone knows that, as I didn't hence why I put this on here.

Seeka

not everyone knows that, as I didn't hence why I put this on here.


I didn't say everyone knows that. That's why I added extra info here for the very reason of letting people know other products are available too.
Edited by: "splender" 20th May 2015

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splender

I did say everyone knows that. That's why I added extra info here for the … I did say everyone knows that. That's why I added extra info here for the very reason of letting people know other products are available too.



thanks for the added info.

thanks to both of you.
heat!

splender

BTW, all adobe products in that era are free to use with free licences … BTW, all adobe products in that era are free to use with free licences from Adobe and has been since last year.


Actually Adobe CS2 has been silently free (legally) since Jan 2013 on Adobes website

Nice find!

It's free for those who purchased it before. They closed acivation server and have given previous buyers a way to reinstall it. It is NOT free. Read T&C before you post it again.

Jan 8th 2013 a guy called "kiddac" posted this instruction sheet to help folks who were struggling with the installation.
I have it download but not yet tried to install yet!

OK after a lot of trial an error here is how to fully install the CS2 … OK after a lot of trial an error here is how to fully install the CS2 suite step by step. This includes photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and bridge (file explorer)Download the CS2 suite files ( I did this via jdownloader software - google it)http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exehttp://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc2.exehttp://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc3.exeand the extra goodies i.e fonts/textures etc if you want themhttp://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS_2.0_WWE_Extras_1.exe1. Right-click each file (.exe file)2. Select Properties then go to the Compatibility tab.3. Put a check on the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” then select the previous OS which do you think it worked. For your case select Windows XP with Service Pack 34. Then under Privilege Level, place a check on “Run this program as administrator”5. Click Apply then OK.ignore disk 1 (we will come back to this)Click disk 2 - but change the Save Files in folder destination toC:\Creative Suite CS2\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0\be default it goes to the wrong folder of C:\Creative Suite\Adobe Creative Suite 2.0\ - This later brings up an error of insert disk 2.If it says Unable to create the specified output folder! - just click OK Click Next---------------------Click Disk 3 - making sure the address is C:\Creative Suite CS2Click Next--------------Install the Extra Files if you want to--------------Now Click Disk 1 - Destionation folder - C:\Creative Suite CS2Ignore Quicktime 6 messageAccept AgreementEnter Serial - 1130-1414-7569-4457-6613-5551Now you need to change the location as C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe is not validchange it to C:\Progra~\AdobeIf the next button stays greyed out, click back then go forward with the next button. All should now be goodInstall the entire suite or just the components you require.Enjoy. Goodnight.Evidently the above post had not been passed before someone doubted that the downloads would work.In response, kiddac says:-The software and serials are fully working. Once my large step by step installation post has got past the moderators you will be able to fully use this suite. I have fully tested and all is working.Several people announce still having problems:kiddac responds:-My instructions were wrong. Just reinstalled it. God that uninstaller is slow. Correct path is C:\Progra~2\Adobe. Also on Registration page change it to do not register.

You have even quoted it here and still saying it's free? Lol

Original Poster

dzejms

It's free for those who purchased it before. They closed acivation server … It's free for those who purchased it before. They closed acivation server and have given previous buyers a way to reinstall it. It is NOT free. Read T&C before you post it again.


I've downloaded it and installed it and it works, they made it free due to people downloading it Illegally and the fact that there is a new version out.

Original Poster

dzejms

You have even quoted it here and still saying it's free? Lol



read it properly, if you have a key from a copy you paid for then you should use that one and you can still get the updates

Seeka

I've downloaded it and installed it and it works, they made it free due … I've downloaded it and installed it and it works, they made it free due to people downloading it Illegally and the fact that there is a new version out.




They did not make it free. They made it available for people who bought it before and can't activate it anymore.

It's not legal to use it if you did not buy it. You can download one for free from torrents...does it make it legal because it's free?

Seeka

read it properly, if you have a key from a copy you paid for then you … read it properly, if you have a key from a copy you paid for then you should use that one and you can still get the updates



And you don't have a key, cause you were about to buy one.
Edited by: "dzejms" 20th May 2015

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dzejms

And you don't have a key, cause you were about to buy one.

they give you the key when you download it from there Web site, get your facts right before you come on here, and that's why I didn't wast my money due to the fact I used Google and found that ADOBE where giving it away free with key codes, I take it your one of the people on Ebay that are trying to sell this to people..... that's why you have the hump with it??

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willysnapper

Jan 8th 2013 a guy called "kiddac" posted this instruction sheet to help … Jan 8th 2013 a guy called "kiddac" posted this instruction sheet to help folks who were struggling with the installation.I have it download but not yet tried to install yet!

thanks for the update.

Not this again. Yes it's free but technically not legal. Worth the risk but these are old versions that might not run perfectly on new operating systems (e.g. OSX Yosemite).

Seeka

they give you the key when you download it from there Web site, get your … they give you the key when you download it from there Web site, get your facts right before you come on here, and that's why I didn't wast my money due to the fact I used Google and found that ADOBE where giving it away free with key codes, I take it your one of the people on Ebay that are trying to sell this to people..... that's why you have the hump with it??



You need to get your facts straight, Seeka, before having a go at other people. You said you wanted a legal copy, but you don't have one. Adobe switched off their activation servers, meaning all CS2 licence holders would have been stuck with software they could not reinstall and activate, that was the reason for this downloadable edition.

It states repeatedly on the Adobe website that this edition of the CS2 software is ONLY for existing licence holders. If you do not already own a licence for CS2, this does not, and never has, given you a licence. It is no more legal to use this without having purchased an authentic CS2 licence than it would be to use a copy downloaded from a torrent site.

If you want a legal copy of the software you will have to buy it. Rather than getting your 'facts' from third party sites that got their information from Reddit, why don't you read the information on the actual Adobe website?

Too much back and forth on this thread, give the OP a break, he posted a link to what appeared to be a free download for an old version of Adobe CS2 software, considering Adobe include a serial number to install with i'm sure it will benefit some people whether it's classed as for 'existing customers' or not

Seeka

they give you the key when you download it from there Web site, get your … they give you the key when you download it from there Web site, get your facts right before you come on here, and that's why I didn't wast my money due to the fact I used Google and found that ADOBE where giving it away free with key codes,



****. If google says it's free it's free? LOL.

I take it your one of the people on Ebay that are trying to sell this to … I take it your one of the people on Ebay that are trying to sell this to people..... that's why you have the hump with it??



And you are wrong again.

How old are you? 12? What else would you assume? Read your own comments, as once you're saying:

Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to … Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download



then:

they made it free due to people downloading it Illegally and the fact … they made it free due to people downloading it Illegally and the fact that there is a new version out.



then:

I used Google and found that ADOBE where giving it away free with key … I used Google and found that ADOBE where giving it away free with key codes

Original Poster

to all of you that think you know best here is what I have done.

I just called ADOBE customer service surport and asked them if it was legal to download this if you never had a copy of it before hand. this is what I was told quote "anybody can download this and use it, the product key codes are part of the download" end quote so to all you out there that think you know best all I can say is D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F

Clearly Adobe couldn't give a **** about CS2. It's old, out of date, and doesn't run well on modern hardware (you need a PowerPC for the Mac version!). Their website clearly states "Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download." but if their customer services are saying different, so be it.

Seeka

to all of you that think you know best here is what I have done.I just … to all of you that think you know best here is what I have done.I just called ADOBE customer service surport and asked them if it was legal to download this if you never had a copy of it before hand. this is what I was told quote "anybody can download this and use it, the product key codes are part of the download" end quote so to all you out there that think you know best all I can say is D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F



I would not argue If I did not ask them. I did ask them at the time it came up first time (months ago) and just asked them today again:

http://i.imgur.com/QDujtFZ.jpg

dzejms

I would not argue If I did not ask them. I did ask them at the time it … I would not argue If I did not ask them. I did ask them at the time it came up first time (months ago) and just asked them today again:



At this stage, it is just banging a head against a brick wall, because Seeka already took the information he wanted from some third rate, unofficial source and has now combined it with a telephone call to a customer services agent who clearly doesn't understand the concept of licensing and the requirements of doing so. You'd have more chance of getting blood from a stone now. As he so eloquently put "D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F"

No, Seeka, you don't. You clearly didn't G.A.F when you were on the Adobe website and that informed you that you needed to have a license in order for the downloaded software to be legal. You clearly didn't G.A.F when you read the Terms and Conditions, which also state clearly that you needed to have a license in order for the downloaded software to be legal.... Hang on, you DID read those, didn't you? No... Of course you didn't, because you don't G.A.F.

You didn't G.A.F. when you were installing it, and the EULA ALSO pointed out that you needed to have a license in order for the software download to be legal. No, you thought that a blogger for the Redmond Pie website, and a customer services rep, of unknown service length were more reliable than ALL of the legal documentation on the Adobe website and in the Adobe installer.

The reason you don't G.A.F is because you are simply too ignorant to realise what a tremendous clown you look, trying to argue against Adobe's own official licensing documentation.

the fact that the serial numbers for the software are right next to the files you download suggests to me that they are giving the code and software for free.

seems to run ok in windows xp sp3 compatibility mode if anyone is having problems with PC

i installed acrobat 7 a couple of years ago when this was just announced. yes, you should have a licence from a previous purchase, but i used the published licence code to set up.
however, there were several update files you could download. i think i ran the first 4 before the program screwed up. i wiped it and started again without the updates. just to let you know, it's old software and you shouldn't use if you're going to be hit by security problems (because there could be issues with updates (and those updates were really about security issues)). i just need to sometimes edit pdf's with a program that's still better than any freebie software i've tried.

"Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download."
The text seems to be fairly straight forward. The files provided are essentially for back up. From Adobe's PoV, no difference between you illegally installing these and you downloading dodgy Adobe files from BT. Either way you have very little chance of being caught, just a case of whether you want to do it or not (anyway, if you want to go illegal surely CS2 will not be what you want).

davedelaney1978

the fact that the serial numbers for the software are right next to the … the fact that the serial numbers for the software are right next to the files you download suggests to me that they are giving the code and software for free.



Really? Because the words "Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download." on Adobe's website, suggests to me that.... You know.... Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.

AGrumpyDad

"Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to … "Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download." on Adobe's website, suggests to me that.... You know.... Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.



It is really a moot point. Adobe posted the software for download together with an activation key. This strongly suggests they have moved on from CS2 (like, decades ago) and couldn't give a hoot about whether people actually have a previously purchased licence or not. This software would not be saleable today. It won't even run on Intel Macs. Adobe stating blah, blah, blah along with the link and activation key was probably at the insistence of their lawyers and intended to cover themselves from litigation by existing owners once the software had been well and truly commercially discontinued.

If anyone today phoned Adobe's legal dept. and said to them "I know a bloke who downloaded a copy of CS2 from your site without previously purchasing a licence..." the betting is they'd tell them to eff off.

loiterer

It is really a moot point. Adobe posted the software for download … It is really a moot point. Adobe posted the software for download together with an activation key. This strongly suggests they have moved on from CS2 (like, decades ago) and couldn't give a hoot about whether people actually have a previously purchased licence or not. This software would not be saleable today. It won't even run on Intel Macs. Adobe stating blah, blah, blah along with the link and activation key was probably at the insistence of their lawyers and intended to cover themselves from litigation by existing owners once the software had been well and truly commercially discontinued.If anyone today phoned Adobe's legal dept. and said to them "I know a bloke who downloaded a copy of CS2 from your site without previously purchasing a licence..." the betting is they'd tell them to eff off.



Whether Adobe chose to enforce the license requirement or not though legal measures is irrelevant. What is relevant is that any which way you cut it, Adobe CS2 is a piece of closed source, proprietary software protected by copyright. Adobe has not released CS2 into the public domain. So downloading the software and using it without license being illegal is not a moot point. Microsoft do not actively pursue end users of pirated copies of Windows (instead they target distribution rings and resellers of pirated Windows distributions). That does not make the fact that using a pirated copy of Windows is illegal a moot point.

The OP is ignorant in his unwavering belief that what he is doing is legal, and is using the HUKD to promote the illegal download and use of the Adobe CS2 product suite. Are Adobe going to take out an injunction against HUKD? No, of course they are not. Are they going to send out a crack team of international software piracy investigators to find the OP? No, that would be a ridiculous notion. But that makes no change whatsoever to the simple fact that the downloading and use of the Adobe CS2 product suite without an existing, legitimate license, is illegal.

The biggest faux pas here is that this is a duplicate post! Adobe CS2 "free" was posted on HUKD months ago.

andreocean

Actually Adobe CS2 has been silently free (legally) since Jan 2013 on … Actually Adobe CS2 has been silently free (legally) since Jan 2013 on Adobes website


Living with you must be tedious, a current deal cannot be any better for download now by making it more past tense and back in time than what I had approximately stated.

There are lots of useful info available form the old thread: hotukdeals.com/fre…132
Including direct download links and serial number etc.

AGrumpyDad

Really? Because the words "Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 … Really? Because the words "Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download." on Adobe's website, suggests to me that.... You know.... Only customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products may use the serial numbers provided during the download.


In theory you are right in an ideal world where theory and absolute letters of the law predominates in daily life. However in practice, what happens if there were to be a breach is thus. A copyright holder goes to court and sues, he wins, but damages or loss is £0 because the appellant will be unable to demonstrate financial loss. A judge may in be vexed in such waste of court's time and abuse of justice. More over in common law , a defendant may very well win on grounds of abandonment of property.

splender

In theory you are right in an ideal world where theory and absolute … In theory you are right in an ideal world where theory and absolute letters of the law predominates in daily life. However in practice, what happens if there were to be a breach is thus. A copyright holder goes to court and sues, he wins, but damages or loss is £0 because the appellant will be unable to demonstrate financial loss. A judge may in be vexed in such waste of court's time and abuse of justice. More over in common law , a defendant may very well win on grounds of abandonment of property.



I appreciate what you are saying. However, a defendant is never going to win on the grounds of abandonment or property because of the way copyright is handled. Have you ever tried to relinquish copyright? It is really, REALLY difficult - even if you are trying to do so. But moreover, not only did Adobe make it incredibly clear on their website, and in the software, and on their community sites that they were not relinquishing, nor abandoning the copyright claim to the software, they actively contacted many of the more prominent websites and issued notice to them that the details about CS2 being given for free were entirely inaccurate. That more than adequately demonstrates that the company did not, and has not relinquished any claim to the copyright of the software.

Now, I am not contending, even for a moment, that an end user will wind up in court for this, as I mentioned above. I would suggest, however, that if anyone decided to mass produce copies of the software to sell them, Adobe would pull them before a judge very quickly. As for being able to demonstrate a financial loss - Adobe would very easily be able to demonstrate a financial loss - their loss would be the value of the CS2 license fee. Now I never did jump onboard the Adobe CS software train (heck, last time I used Flash and Dreamweaver they were still branded Macromedia), but the CS2 license would still have been several hundred pounds when it was removed from general sale. So, given that they stipulate that the requirement is to have a valid license, as the copyright holder, their loss can be demonstrated as being the value of the authentic license at last point of sale. Now, it may be unreasonable to suggest that remains the value of the license, and given that the copyright holder (Adobe) does not (seemingly) continue to grant licences, a court would be required to assess the royalty for the damages, as a reasonable price for a licence, which a willing licensee would have paid, and the licensor would have accepted.

But again, with the exception perhaps of someone selling masses of copies of CS2, I can't see Adobe making an issue out of it. That does not make it legal to download and use it though.

Sounds like a few people here need to lighten up and take that keester out ya backside!
If people want to down load free software and use a key provided on the same site then so be it...Do one we're tired of hearing your baloney!

crazylegs

Sounds like a few people here need to lighten up and take that keester … Sounds like a few people here need to lighten up and take that keester out ya backside!If people want to down load free software and use a key provided on the same site then so be it...Do one we're tired of hearing your baloney!



Wow, really? Firstly, just to point out the glaringly obvious... Your keister IS your backside.

Secondly, given that there is a clear ongoing discussion between people with differing viewpoints, I think it may be an idea for you to get down of your pedestal and realise you have no right to speak on behalf of anyone other than yourself. If you're tied off reading the discussion, it is you that needs to "do one," and leave the adults to their conversion. If other people are bored of reading the discussion, they too can cease reading at any time.

Sit down before you hurt yourself by falling off your high horse.

AGrumpyDad

Wow, really? Firstly, just to point out the glaringly obvious... Your … Wow, really? Firstly, just to point out the glaringly obvious... Your keister IS your backside.


LOL..hahaha

This is hot! It's not the best software but decent enough for most people!
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