What did you see in the Adobe Dialog?
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Gone for a long, long, long time.
If you still want to use the old version, as a licensed user you are entitiled to download the non-activating version of CS2 from Adobe - CS2 Downloads, but the functionality, once you learn all the new features, is far and away better in the new version -- like switching from a yugo to a porsche.
How about switching from a fully functional (and paid for) Ford Focus to an overpriced BMW?
The functionality is "far and away better" if you NEED that functionality. Perhaps you do for the work you do. For me, it's no way worth $50 a month, but I had no choice. There are perhaps six new features (in what, six "major" releases) that have any value at all for me, and collectively they're not worth the money.
But anyway, I found a workaround for the functionality that Adobe removed from the "upgrades."
6 new features since CS2? Sorry, but that's just complete and utter nonsense.
Perhaps you didn't read what I wrote:
"There are perhaps six new features (in what, six "major" releases) that have any value at all for me." (emphasis added)
Or perhaps you know better than I do how I use InDesign and what features of it I use, and what features have value for me?
I actually made a list:
- Multi-file place
- Frame fitting
CS4 - nothing
- Span columns with paragraph
- Balance columns
- Vertical justification in non-rectangle frames
CS5.5 - nothing
- Flexible width columns
- Auto resize frame when text added or deleted
CS CC - nothing
Okay, I was wrong. Seven features that are useful to me, not six.
One other choice you still have is to get the CS6 perpetual license. There won't be any upgrades to it, but once you buy it there will not be monthly fees.
The features I use most that are lacking in CS2 are things like smart guides and single tool selection behaviors that let me quickly and easily postion objects relative to one another (task I used to need the align palette for most fo the time) and switch from selected frame to selected content, or cycling through the mebers of a group with a double-click, and selection persistence for hidden objects. Step and Repeat as a grid is pretty nice, too. These are time savers for me, and they add up to a lot of time over the course of a day.