Adobe Creative Suite 2 Available for Free*

TechSpotAdobe offering Creative Suite 2 for free, but they didn’t mean to

Earlier this week Adobe made a surprise move by putting its Creative Suite 2 software, as well as individual programs like Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2, up for download on its website along the corresponding serial numbers. Initially it was believed the company got tired of keeping the activation servers running to support legitimate installs of ~8 year-old software and decided to give it away. But that’s only partly true.

Turns out Adobe did retire the activation servers used by CS2 back in December, but when legitimate owners of the suite started complaining that without these servers they’d be unable to reinstall their copies if needed, the company began offering versions of CS2 that didn’t need activation.

It’s the CS2 standard edition. Wikipedia says it includes Bridge, Illustrator, inDesign, Photoshop, and Version Cue. Not bad.

* Adobe says you’re supposed to have a license, so some folks’ consciences may keep them from getting a free copy.

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