UPDATE: Adobe is not giving away free copies of its CS2 software package
posted Monday, January 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM EDT
UPDATE: Lots of confusion out there, but it appears Adobe is not giving away free copies of Creative Suite 2 (CS2) as we reported earlier.
After IR and many other sites shared news that Adobe was letting users have free downloads of the 2005 software package, which includes an old version of Photoshop, Adobe scientist Dov Isaacs stepped in to say it was all a misunderstanding.
Here's what Issacs wrote on Adobe's community forum following the reports.
"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 <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1114930>.
You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!"
Well, there goes that. Either way, the Adobe web page where the CS2 link was provided was so flooded with traffic that few managed to get to the download anyway.
On behalf of IR, sorry for adding to the confusion!