35 Replies Latest reply on Jul 3, 2018 6:11 PM by The Dark Avenger
      • 1. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
        Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

        These sites are liars. They don't care that if you follow their instruction you will have unlicensed software. They don't care that if you're a business and you get audited, you face large penalties.

         

        The deal is, this is a REPLACEMENT CS2 for people who ORIGINALLY PAID FOR CS or CS2. The replacement is needed because the original no longer installs properly. That's all. If anyone else uses it, it's no better than any pirate software off the web.

        • 2. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
          God I hate Adon'tbe Level 1

          Wow! Strong response, nearly as strong as my response to some of the junkwear that gets installed with Adobe products.

           

          After reading the first site a bit more closely, it appears that you are correct; the site is quite misleading and edges around the subject of licensing and whether it's truly free or not.

           

          Thanks for the reply.

          • 3. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
            D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Wow! Strong response

             

            We're just a bit tired of pointing this out...

             

            Although, honestly, I don't think anyone at Adobe cares all that much. This is ancient software, seriously outdated, which will probably not even install or run properly on most current systems.

             

            But from a legal standpoint it's perfectly clear. You must have a valid CS/CS2 license to use it. It was put up because the original activation servers had to be shut down for technical reasons, so if these licensed users needed to reinstall, it would not activate.

            • 4. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
              God I hate Adon'tbe Level 1

              We're just a bit tired of pointing this out...

              Irrespective, I did search this forum prior to asking this question and couldn't find anything about it; whether it's the way I was phrasing my search or whatever, I tried a number of different searches. The search engine for the forums is not very good. Improve the search engine then you MAY NOT HAVE TO SHOUT at people for asking obvious questions.

              • 5. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                I really hate the irresponsible attitude of these sites, who really just want to boost their ratings or stick it to Adobe, and who are (in the first generation at least) fully aware of the limitations they don't share. It's like telling someone they can get free goods in [name of store here] by sticking them in their pockets and walking out. They are setting people up for serious legal repercussions, without a care in the world.

                 

                I'm not sure we can say Adobe "don't care". Big companies set up piracy encorcement departments, whose job it is to care, and who probably haven't been issued with a statute of  limitations. But that doesn't really matter; software auditing is an independent activity; in some countries at least, auditing organisations have the right to visit and inspect every company, and may even reward tip-offs. These things could get companies fined, and staff sacked.

                 

                And yes, I hate the junkware too.

                • 6. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                  God I hate Adon'tbe Level 1

                  Yes - I'm afraid I genuinely dislike Adobe as a company. Photoshop is truly a great product, but it has been taken away by the suits and turned into a cash cow, purely and simply. There's no reason on this planet, with all the money they've made from the software over the years, that they can't take a similar approach to the like sof Microsoft and lower the price for home users. It's simply out and out greed.

                   

                  This question, though, isn't the correct forum for my moans. (Let's face it, Adobe will never listen to us).

                  • 7. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                    D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    take a similar approach to the like sof Microsoft and lower the price for home users.

                     

                    Actually they have. The current subscription price for PS+Lr is significantly lower than the old perpetual license pricing. Just do the math, and be sure to factor in upgrade pricing along the way.

                     

                    I can't imagine anyone not being able to afford $10 a month. It's about the same as Netflix, and people pay several times more each month for their cellphones. without flinching.

                     

                    Greed? Maybe. I have no doubts that the Adobe CEO pays himself more each day than I make in an entire year. But that's a different discussion.

                    • 8. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                      dassd32255842 Level 1

                      "I can't imagine anyone not being able to afford $10 a month. It's about the same as Netflix, and people pay several times more each month for their cellphones. without flinching."

                       

                       

                      May be people living in country where you are could be able to pay 10$ easily, but people living in developing countries like Nepal don't even earn 10$ per day (hardly they earn 5$/day). So should  they be deprived using software?.  Why not to reduce at least the price of Monthly plan, so we can pay and use whenever we want. Just for a work 2 or 3 hours in photoshop, we are forced to pay Rs.3500. Is there any justice here?

                      • 9. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                        D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        dassd32255842  wrote

                         

                        people living in developing countries like Nepal don't even earn 10$ per day (hardly they earn 5$/day).

                         

                        OK, that is a valid point, and a good argument for differentiated pricing. It's not as if it would make a big dent in Adobe's bottom line profits.

                         

                        Remember that capitalism has no heart. Sad, but that's the world we live in.

                        • 10. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                          dassd32255842 Level 1

                          "It's not as if it would make a big hit ( now you changed "hit" to "dent" in your reply) in Adobe's bottom line profits.

                          Remember that capitalism has no heart. Sad, but that's the world we live in. "

                           

                          Please do understand that you may not have a hit in your bottom line profit but you would not be able to take all the wealth with you when you pass away.

                           

                          May God grant heart to Adobe !

                          • 11. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                            gener7 Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                            You can't take Photoshop with you when you pass away either.

                             

                            As for greed, remember there was the other side who felt they were entitled to Photoshop for free. First Adobe tried serial numbers, they got passed around. Next was activation, they found ways to crack it. I'll bet that was a hit and a factor in the subscription model.

                             

                            I wonder if that did not exist, neither would the subscriptions.

                            • 12. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                              dassd32255842 Level 1

                              "You can't take Photoshop with you when you pass away either. "

                               

                              Could have answered with better reasoning! Mounting up of wealth cannot be compared to using something of basic necessity.

                               

                              I don't support pirated software and neither have I  come to ask for free software, if it is so, you get lot of cracks on the web, no need to waste time here. But I asked for a fare pricing.

                              • 13. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                God I hate Adon'tbe Level 1

                                gener7  wrote

                                 

                                I'll bet that was a hit and a factor in the subscription model.

                                Irrelevant - you can still take the software and disable the telemetry and registration process easily.  There's nothing to stop someone from releasing a cracked version of the latest Photoshop.

                                 

                                The reason I posted originally about the greed factor is that there are plenty of other companies out there providing a subscription model that offer far better benefits.  Microsoft Office 365, for instance, though half the price of Photoshop, I still get five licences for it...

                                • 14. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                  D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                  No doubt it's still technically possible, and examples pop up here too. But not nearly as often as it used to.

                                   

                                  I think the main blow to piracy is not technical, but lowering the entrance threshold. You no longer have to set aside half a month's pay.

                                   

                                  Microsoft? I thought everybody hated them? They're the good guys now? Noted...

                                  • 15. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                    God I hate Adon'tbe Level 1

                                    https://forums.adobe.com/people/D+Fosse  wrote

                                     

                                    Microsoft? I thought everybody hated them? They're the good guys now? Noted...

                                     

                                     

                                    Don't be silly!

                                    • 16. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                      Eternal Warrior Level 4

                                      https://forums.adobe.com/people/D+Fosse  wrote

                                       

                                      Microsoft? I thought everybody hated them? They're the good guys now? Noted...

                                       

                                      The whole world is one large pot of various shades of grey.... I'm not going to say that they're aren't any "good guys"... but this depends on your definition anyway.

                                       

                                      Whilst I agree with dassd32255842 I unfortunately don't think this is very easy to enforce in any way without either creating lots of red tape or further availability for exploit.

                                       

                                      But that's neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things.

                                       

                                      Whilst it's definitely not Photoshop.... and I like the adobe products... otherwise I wouldn't participate here as much as I have been...

                                      Programs like GIMP 2.0 can be a reasonable alternative for those who don't want to pay.

                                       

                                      Also for what its worth with the whole Adobe/Microsoft thing - https://forums.adobe.com/people/God%20I%20hate%20Adon - Don't forget that you can have all the Creative Cloud apps (depending on your licence) on two computers... Plus there are the apps that you can download and use from your phone/tablet...

                                       

                                      It may not be 5 PC's but its not terrible....

                                       

                                      How many people - in either developed or developing countries - actually have 5 PC's FRS?

                                       

                                      Best,

                                       

                                      EW

                                      • 17. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                        marinuse Level 1

                                        Actually... I disagree with this.
                                        Before Adobe started forcing paid updates down everyone's throat, as opposed to people being able to CHOOSE when to update, things were way cheaper.
                                        Don't get me wrong, I love Adobe software. I've grown up with it (Photoshop V2). When CS came out, I bought it. Then I bought the upgrade to CS3. Then Adobe figured out that people didn't buy every version, so they basically forced you to buy the upgrade of the next version to be eligble for the upgrade price. So I had to buy CS4, CS5, and CS6.
                                        When I was still able to skip a version, I would pay around €500 for the upgrade (also one of those things, but I'll get back to that a little later). I'd pay around €500 every 3 years. That's about €14 per month. For the entire design suite. If I now want to get InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat Pro, I have to get the full package, because they cleverly took out the design software. It's either Photoshop and Lightroom for €12,39, or the whole package for €61,99.

                                         

                                        So when you say it's gotten cheaper... Sorry, but no. It hasn't. Because Adobe has taken away our choices.
                                        And when you bring up the "but you get all the updates automatically now" and all that kind of crap... Well... really... The Creative Suite hasn't really seen any MAJOR update since they went to the Cloud. In the time that people still would buy their perpetual license, Adobe had the "pressure" to come up with something in the new version that made it worthwhile to upgrade. That pressure is gone now, and they've gotten lazy.
                                        I agree with God I hate Adon'tbe that it's turned into a money thing.

                                         

                                        Adobe doubles the price for stuff in Europe, even if I buy the English version, I pay twice as much as the English version in the US.
                                        Right now, that the exchange rate has gone down, and the $ and € are pretty much the same in price, it's gotten a bit better, but when I updated my CS5 with my CS6, the exchange rate was very unfavorable, and when the US version was US$599, I paid €799 for the exact same -English- version, which at that time was the equivalent of just over US$1,100.
                                        I understand the differences in taxes. Here we paid (at that time) 22% Value Added Tax. But seriously... 22% of 599... That's not 500 bucks. Not by far.

                                        • 18. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                          paulov21219806 Level 1

                                          the page is down? it is redirecting to cc offer?

                                          • 19. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                            matthewh89 Level 1

                                            If I paid for CS4 when I was going to school, and someone stole my bookbag and ruined my college career. Can I get my CS4, or am I out of luck?

                                            • 21. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                              Dan Ramirez Adobe Employee

                                              For exactly this reason(actually, it's because I lose pieces of paper easily), I put my serial numbers into a password protected document saved in the cloud. Doesn't help if installer media is no longer available, but it usually is.

                                              • 22. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                                                https://forums.adobe.com/people/Dan+Ramirez  wrote

                                                 

                                                For exactly this reason(actually, it's because I lose pieces of paper easily), I put my serial numbers into a password protected document saved in the cloud. Doesn't help if installer media is no longer available, but it usually is.

                                                Amen to that.  Or to a variation of it at least.  I use Notes on my phone protected by fingerprint or password.  I even have my Windows serial number saved that way.  It's a one stop location that will more or less always be available, but having seen this thread and thought about it some more, a cloud based location might be a good idea for a second level of redundancy.

                                                • 23. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                  JeffGreenberg Level 1

                                                  > Photoshop is truly a great product, but it has been taken away by the suits and turned into a cash cow...

                                                   

                                                  One solution is to make Adobe pay for Adobe:

                                                  buy ADBE on dips

                                                  sell at peaks for profit

                                                  subscribe to CC with ADBE profits

                                                  keep remaining profits in pocket...

                                                  • 24. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                    Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

                                                    Jeff, it would be very cool if you were related to Jill Greenberg

                                                    Make my day and say that you are, even if it isn't true.

                                                    • 25. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                      saqibs86912530 Level 1

                                                      IS IT JUST ME OR This Is Really Free 

                                                      As mentioned above it is intended for existing owners of legacy software.

                                                      EDIT [product serial numbers removed by moderator]

                                                      • 26. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                        MichaelGL73 Level 1

                                                        Sign into Adobe, locate and download CS2.

                                                        Every time you open it up, it asks you to register now or later

                                                        You get the same result either way.  It's impossible to register because there is no way to do it.  I tried!  LOL.. Honest.  It can't be done.

                                                        And it's completely usable.

                                                        If Adobe cared, they would have some kind of link for it.

                                                        • 27. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                          Yes you can’t Register. No, it’s not free. To download it and use it, if a person didn’t have a license is, as far as I‘m concerned, STEALING. If a person is ok with stealing when they think they can get away with it, that’s on their conscience not mine. But to try to trick other people into stealing it, by lying about it being free, is really low.

                                                          • 28. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                            Beeman_2070 Level 1

                                                            The current pricing model is better in my opinion. Although, $10 might mean different things to people in different countries, I still hold it up as a better pricing model. However, I would suggest to Adobe to think of ways to to business especially with countries that have money with low exchange power. Adobe is big and by that I mean it must have a lot of people in its staff. I don't really see lowering the prices of its products as a better way for both the company and users of its products. But I can suggest, Adobe could give away some of its old products for free like Creative Suite CS5. Personally, I prefer the new upgrades since they are way better compared to the old ones. But for guys with money that goes thousands for a dollar, they could be given old Adobe products just to help them get things going. Adobe is a giant in the design and creative tools category. I don't see anyone else towering higher than Adobe in the next couple of years. The words design and photo editing go with Photoshop on almost every lip. Granted , Not everyone would prefer the old versions of the software. But there a many who will appreciate it. Just a suggestion.

                                                            • 29. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                              meriamd93275441 Level 1

                                                              https://forums.adobe.com/people/God+I+hate+Adon%27tbe  wrote

                                                               

                                                              I've seen several websites advertising Photoshop CS2 for free, is this true?...

                                                               

                                                              Download Adobe Photoshop CS2 For Free Legally While You Still Can [Tutorial] | Redmond Pie

                                                              Download adobe photoshop cs2 full version free

                                                              http://softlay.net/photo-image/image-editor/adobe-photoshop-cs2-free-download.html

                                                               

                                                              There are far more sites like this if you search.

                                                              Well, i doubt these outsourced sites. Always go for official Abobe portal with proper licensing. But i guess CS2 support isn't there anymore.?

                                                              • 30. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                                D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                                                                But i guess CS2 support isn't there anymore.?

                                                                That would be a fairly good guess given that this software was released in 2005

                                                                 

                                                                The whole question is rapidly becoming moot anyway. Good luck getting CS2 to work at all on modern systems.

                                                                • 31. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                                  pavlal70004446 Level 1

                                                                  Ok, what if I still would like an older version of Adobe CS2 (having an older system version on my PC), am not a professional but would like to work with Photoshop, albeit not the newest, most uptodate, hi-tech version??? Do I have a chance to get to it??? I assume, it would still be cheaper than the new version, but is it possible to get it anywhere not desiring to become a pirate?

                                                                  • 32. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                                    pavlal70004446 Level 1

                                                                    PS: Hard to believe it would have disappeared from the face of the Earth

                                                                    • 34. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                                      thattoe Level 1

                                                                      It looks like the support is gone. I actually purchased CS2 back when it was current, and when I tried to install it to a new computer, I contacted Adobe support, and they directed me to an Adobe website, and it had CS2 with product keys on the page. I recently looked for the page, to move the CS2 install, and it seems that they have taken the page down. It was legit. Adobe stopped supporting CS2, and thus, offered it free to those that asked for it, but it was hard to find and navigate to. Basically, Adobe pointed people there, for only those that asked.

                                                                       

                                                                      Here's the page (Only those that have previously purchased CS2 should download it):

                                                                      Download Adobe Acrobat 7 and Adobe Creative Suite 2 products

                                                                       

                                                                      My favorite, free alternative is Gimp, but it takes some serious rethinking on how to use the program. It isn't quite as intuitive as photoshop.

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                                                                      • 35. Re: Photoshop CS2 for free?
                                                                        The Dark Avenger Level 1

                                                                        Free installers are a scam.

                                                                         

                                                                        Not just because of the false advertising that Adobe released CS2 with a free license. It's not just CS2. There are free full version installers for CS6, CC 2017 and CC 2018 as well but all will fail at one point or another, the CCs will still require a cloud subscription and might even contain viruses or other malware.
                                                                        This is also the case with Microsoft Office or it's individual software. This has become more common over the decade and is intentional to discourage stealing.

                                                                         

                                                                        That's right, if a product is only legally available by free trial or purchase, obtaining it via freeware is stealing and the distributors can end up doing jail time. Google 'kickass torrents'.
                                                                        For users, as far as I know, it's more a matter of conscious.

                                                                         

                                                                        There are full alternatives that are legally free albeit less intuitive and precise such as Gimp and Krita.

                                                                        The CC subscription I've been using for the past few years has recently expired and it's so flippin' expensive that my stepdad won't renew it. Understandable.

                                                                         

                                                                        I've now downloaded both Gimp and Krita and have started to feel Gimp out but am frustrated with the lack of layer focus.