Adobe *isn’t* giving away CS2

Bob Levine, InDesign Secrets:

There’s a lot of chatter on the internet today, including Twitter, claiming that Adobe is now giving CS2 away for free.

This is simply not true. What is happening is that Adobe has shut down the activation servers for CS2. Because of that, CS2 users were unable to activate if they reinstalled the software. In order to allow these people to continue to use their software Adobe has made available, for download, CS2 software which does not require activation.

Earlier today we (and many other sites) reported that Adobe is giving away its Creative Suite 2 software – long out of date but still useful if you have an older Mac.

Turns out this isn’t the case. Speaking on behalf of Adobe, principal scientist Dov Isaacs cleared up the confusion in a recent post on their forums.

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. See <>.

  • JohnDoey

    The reason I am still using CS3 and have transitioned about 95% of my work out of Adobe tools and into modern OS X equivalent apps is because this is how Adobe makes news. Activations and screw-ups and activation screw-ups.

  • Someone is giving it away for free.

  • Ahh, so it’s basically a new installer for existing customers that is DRM-free.

    • Peter Cohen

      I wouldn’t say DRM free – it still requires a valid serial number to work. It’s activation free, so it doesn’t ping back Adobe’s servers to make sure it’s a legit copy, that’s the difference.

  • Sorry, Jim!

    Still, it didn’t state anywhere that this was the case. I can’t help but think that Adobe really dropped the ball in just deactivating the servers and offering this open license to anyone, but only stating the reason after it was assumed it was free. If they just deactivated the servers and anyone having trouble called up, they could just be given the new serial.

  • voidstern

    Haven’t tried them, but there are serial numbers on adobe’s download page.

  • DionV

    Sadly, this was another case of “me too!” reporting. One person went “ooo, look!” and everyone else blindly followed along. 50 points should be deducted from Citizen Reporting for this.

    And 50 points should be deducted from Adobe for not clearly stating why their product was suddenly “free” until after their servers were overloaded by treasure seekers. This whole thing was poorly handled.