Adobe is NOT giving away free CS2 downloads

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On Monday morning, the Interweb erupted with manifold reports that Adobe Systems Incorporated was offering free downloads of Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium—the 2005 vintage version of its flagship image editing and creation software, currently in its CS6 release.

You can find examples (from among many, and possibly by now corrected) herehere and here. This was exciting news for many of us. Photoshop Elements 11 is my current favorite image editing application, but I don’t have any version of the full Photoshop, and since I own and use several older-model computers, a freebie download of CS 2 would’ve been of great interest and potential usefulness to me.

Alas, like most things that seem too good to be true, this rumour turned out to be false. The download referred to only pertains to CS 2 license-holders. Adobe’s Dov Isaacs, speaking on behalf of the company on an Adobe user forum explains:

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.) See:

He adds:

However, please note that you are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you already have a valid license to the product!

However, you can get most of, or in some contexts more, than CS 2’s capability, with Photoshop Elements 11. PSE is essentially Photoshop CS Lite, but there’s nothing second-rate about it. While graphics professionals and advanced amateurs will continue to appreciate the raw power and esoteric features of Photoshop Creative Suite, it sells for a MSRP of $649.00. Photoshop Elements will pretty much do everything most of us would ever attempt using Photoshop CS, and more, for the relatively friendly price of $99.99 (upgrades from earlier PSE versions from $79.99).

For more information, on Photoshop Elements, visit

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