“Adobe almost does something amazing by accident
Making Creative Suite 2 free seemed like a genius move. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.”
Excited Post about what Adobe appeared to have done but didn’t do:
I realize I promised a mobile site post when Holiday break ended but this is too awesome not to share ASAP: Adobe is making their Creative Suite CS2 FREE for download. No hoax, nothing illegal, just generosity. Read more to see where to download, what is included, and compatibility issues.
Where to Download:
Adobe originally posted the download links on this page but the site is getting hammered with hits. Perhaps it will be running again in a few days when the “shiny-ness” wears off. Until then, the direct download links can be found in the comment section of this page.
Note, you don’t have to download the entire suite! If you just want an individual program, like Photoshop, you can download just those files 🙂
What Software is Included:
- Adobe Creative Suite CS2 (Standard)
- Acrobat 3D 1.0 (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 Premiere Pro 2.0
The catch: Compatibility with later versions
- Adobe Creative Suite’s latest release was for CS6. That means you will be 4 (5 if you count v5.5) versions behind the latest version.
- Adobe InDesign (layout software) is only backwards compatible with one version. This means that if someone sends you an Indesign file that is version 4 or higher, you will not be able to open it in CS2.
- Adobe Illustrator (used to create vector graphics) is a little better about version compatibility but still problematic. Anything version 5 and over can only save back to version 3.
- Photoshop is the best with file compatibility but you MUST keep the file in “compatibility mode” while working in the later version. This makes sure you don’t edit the photo in the later version that can’t be saved or changed in the older version.
- I’m not sure about Dreamweaver… perhaps others can shed some light on this?
You can see that you will only experience compatibility problems if you are working on two different computers – one with CS2 and one with a later version.