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.

Adobe is Going to Subscription Pricing for Photoshop and Other Creative Suite Apps

The whole Creative Suite will be $50/month. Photoshop will be $10/month. Scott Kelby has a FAQ.

Some people will win, some people will lose. I think the price for the whole CS – $600 a year – is a tad high. There are basic CS packages for $1,000 or so. That’s going to hurt them.

Other people will be happy to get access to a stream of new features vs. waiting for the next version to get them. If you don’t have Creative Suite already, the $50/month doesn’t sound too bad compared to shelling out $1-2,000 dollars for a package.