I just upgraded to OSX 10.8 and now none of my CS2 programs will work. Is there a workaround to get them back up & running until I can upgrade to a newer CS version?
CS6 is the current version and is the only one now being sold by Adobe. However, CS2 is not eligible for an upgrade.
Only CS3, CS4 and CS5 users can upgrade to CS6.
The CS3 and CS4 upgrade window closes on 31 Dec 2012. From 1 Jan 2013 onwards, only CS5 users can upgrade to CS6.
So, unfortunately, you would have to pay full price for CS6.
Which particular apps in the Suite do you use the most? Have you considered joining the Creative Cloud instead?
I have the same issue. I have CS2 and only want to upgrade to CS5. I have no need for what's in CS6. If I buy CS5 from someone like PC Mall will the upgrade work? Or am I forced to buy CS6 for full price, even though I probably won't ever upgrade past that?
but if i got a one from a 3rd party retailer, like ebay, would i be able to use it and then buy a CS6 upgrade from adobe?
Yes, provided the copy you buy from eBay is not pirated and comes with a valid serial number which will be activated by Adobe.
Being certain that you're buying a legitimate copy of the software from eBay is very difficult based on descriptions and photos alone. There's no easy way to tell.