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NEWS! Adobe Creative Suite CS2 for Free?

By Leo Hoang on January 7th 2013

The news for the Adobe Creative Suite CS2 spread like wildfire; unfortunately this is not the case.

Dov Isaac’s, an Adobe Scientist, posted in the Adobe Forums and clarifies what is actually happening.

It appears that the activation servers for Adobe CS2 have been terminated, and the downloadable application which is available on the Adobe site does not require activation. The updated CS2 application merely requires a serial number to install.

With it being possible to obtain the installation files and serial numbers, there was a misconception that Adobe is providing CS2 for free, but unfortunately this is not the case.

You are only legally able to download and install CS2 if you are a previously licensed user.

Sorry folks!

“On behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated …

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 .

You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!” – Dov Isaacs


Leo Hoang is a professional photographer based in London who shoots Weddings, Events and Real-Estate.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. slr lounge guest

    The above link to that post in the forums is not active. Have Adobe removed it amidst the controversy?

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    • Leo Hoang

      It does seem as if Adobe have deleted the thread… in hindsight I should’ve taken a screen capture of it. Lesson learned! Nex time I’ll include screenshots of the thread within the article.

      Thanks for pointing that out!

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  2. User15

    here is more discussion about EULa and cs2 free :)

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  3. User15

    “2. Software License. If you obtained the Software from Adobe or one of its authorized licensees and as long as you comply with the terms of this agreement, Adobe grants you a non-exclusive license to use the Software in the manner and for the purposes described in the Documentation, as further set forth below. See Section 14 for specific provisions related to certain components.
    2.1 General Use. You may install and use one copy of the Software on up to the Permitted Number of your compatible Computers;

    So I found found software, just click, download and install, and with EULA i have rights…

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  4. Guste2

    thats sucks, make it free!!!

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  5. Pye

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww =(

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  6. Clckmkr


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