Adobe has kindly made its Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Plus available as a free download for both Windows and Mac platforms. Adobe Creative Suite (CS) is a collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications made or acquired by Adobe Systems. The collection consists of Adobe’s applications (e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign), that are based on various technologies (e.g., PostScript, PDF, Flash).
Products to be given away are:
- Creative Suite 2 (Windows & Mac)
- Acrobat 3D 1.0 for Windows
- Acrobat Standard 7.0 (Windows & Mac)
- Acrobat Pro 8.0 (Windows & Mac)
- Audition 3.0 (Windows)
- GoLive CS2 (Windows & Mac)
- Illustrator CS2 (Windows & Mac)
- InCopy CS2 (Windows & Mac)
- InDesign CS2 (Windows & Mac)
- Photoshop CS2 (Windows & Mac)
- Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0 (Windows & Mac)
- Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 (Windows)
CS2 System Requirements
- Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8. PowerPC G4 or G5 processor
- Microsoft Windows 2000/Windows XP. Intel Pentium III or 4 processor
Many users are reporting they are able to install some of these programs on Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit).
Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Plus Full Version Free Download
Note that Adobe CS 2 Premium Plus was released in 2005, so there may be significant compatibility issues with some newer operating systems. Anyway, if you are interested, you can visit here to get the serial number & download the software. You do need an Adobe account to download the files, but registration is completely free.
To update the programs once installed: Change system date to before 10/01/2011, run Adobe updater, download/install updates, then change system date back to current.
If you are facing the error message, “Your Adobe Photoshop user name, organization, or serial number is missing or invalid. The application cannot continue and must now exit”. Please edit the installation path during installation. In the installer wizard, type c:\\progra~2\\adobe for the installation path instead of c:\\program files\\adobe.
If you’re trying to install Adobe Creative Suite 2.x in Windows x64 bit and you get “Error: the path you select for installation contains unsupported characters. Please choose a different folder for installation.” Here are the solutions.
Solution 1: Edit the installation path. Edit the installation path, and then install the application files to that folder. In the installer wizard, type [X]:\\Progra~2\\Adobe for the installation path. Your Adobe Creative Suite applications will be installed to Program Files (x86)\\Adobe.
Resume the installation.
Solution 2: Create a new folder, and then specify that folder in the installation path. Note: Don’t use parentheses in the folder name.
UPDATE 3: This seems to be not an official Adobe giveaway. Following a frenzy of Internet activity — and some confusion — it appears that Adobe isn’t giving away free copies of Adobe CS2. You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product! Sorry for getting your hopes up and adding to the confusion.
Updated 2 [thanks to slickdeals.net & our blog reader zach]:
THIS MIGHT BE A WASTE OF YOUR/OUR TIME, ACCORDING TO FORBES [forbes.com].
“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>.”
An Adobe Staff wrote on the blog, sounds like they pretend nothing has happened.
“Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers. While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers.
Please see here for additional information.
ON THE OTHER HAND Later in that same thread, another Adobe staffer said this:
I don’t think you have to worry about Adobe coming after you for this, union_bug.
As soon as our execs have approved an official statement on this issue, I or another Adobe staffer will post it here.
Please see http://forums.adobe.com/message/4974633#4974633 for additional information.
Till now, there is still no official statement from Adobe on this issue.
We sincerely apologize for any and all inconveniences this may have caused.
Updated: Since this is an amazing deal, it is not surprise to see that the giveaway site is getting hammered. So if you got the message saying that “We’re sorry, the site area you’ve requested is unavailable. Please try again later. ” You’d better try again later or even tomorrow.