Adobe Systems’s Creative Suite (CS) is a collection of its different applications related to graphic design, video editing, and web development. The collection is mainly a great deal for users who wants to buy almost all Adobe’s applications (e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign). The first two versions of the Creative Suite included Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and Version Cue. There was also a premium edition which included Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver and Go Live. The latest version of Creative Suite, Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6), which was released on May 7, 2012, includes the latest versions of Adobe programs and is available in five different versions. The reason why we are talking about Adobe Creative Suite here is, Adobe Creative Suite 2 is available as free download, including activation key on the Adobe website.Update: Adobe’s staff Dov Isaacs has clarified:
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!
Another Adobe Community Admin has posted:
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.
Download Adobe Creative Suite 2 Free with Activation Code
Visit the official download page to download Adobe Creative Suite 2 for Windows or Mac from Adobe. You will find the activation codes beside the download links. You will need to use these serial numbers to activate Adobe Creative Suite 2 for Windows or Mac. You don’t need to log in to your Adobe account or register for a free Adobe account to download the suite.
If you are not interested in downloading the full Creative Suite, you can download individual Adobe products from the same page. You can download the following Adobe programs individually from the promotion page:
- Acrobat 3D 1.0 for Windows
- Acrobat Standard 7.0
- Acrobat Pro 8.0
- Audition 3.0
- GoLive CS2
- Illustrator CS2
- InCopy CS2
- InDesign CS2
- Photoshop CS2
- Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
- Adobe Premier Pro 2.0
How to install Adobe Creative Suite CS2?
When the download is complete, check the destination folder to make sure that it has all the files you need to install Adobe Creative Suite. Open the folder to which you downloaded the files, and run the CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exe to unpack a few stuff before the installer wizard starts.
The installation process will take some time, you will be asked to register the product afterwards, which you can skip. After installation is complete, you will get Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe ImageReady CS2 and Adobe Version Cue CS2, or if you have done a custom install, you will get only selected applications. You will find all the installed applications from the Start Menu.
Adobe has not mentioned if this is a limited time promotion or if Adobe Creative Suite 2 will be permanently available as free download. If you want to get Adobe Creative Suite 2 free, I’d suggest you to download the Suite or individual programs and install it right away.
May be the programs offered here have reached its “end-of-life” period, but they are still useful for many types of users. For instance, if you have just started learning Photoshop, and don’t want to spend money buying the expensive suite, you will find this promotion as a great opportunity and improve upon your Photoshop skills. Oh, and don’t forget to spread the word about this promotion!
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