Since January 7th, the word that Adobe was giving away an older version of their premier software Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite or CS2 for free was a godsend that we all thought that Adobe, the people who gave us incredible software and changed a culture because of its bloated, overpriced-for-its-own-good products all came crashing down as it was revealed later that the company never had any intention to do that as in the words of one employee and echoed throughout the Internet as Dov Issacs stated:
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.)
You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!
Uh… you know Dov, all of this would have been avoided if you actually had some foresight of what would happen when your company does this and not give any warning that you don’t actually mean that. There are people who have CS2 since its release back in 2005 and many are backlashing against this because under that belief, Adobe was (by the view of the public) wave the banner of “free” for a version that should have been long gone since then. Now it was never intended to be.
For starters the makers haven’t heard of a little thing called Virtualization. Sure the software won’t work on current operating systems, however as long as the compatibility functions on windows, virtualization programs such as VirtualBox and VMware would and an old OS disk would easily solve that program, for the Linux users there’s Wine and Crossroads and already that works for them without question. Someone at Adobe should be fired for this. Didn’t they stop to think at a time of recession and bloated software costs did anyone at the company stop and think that maybe do the following:
- Alter the software to make sure that people who actually have the software to re-install throw their numbers in to verify.
- Render CS2 ad-supported or a ‘lite’ version for people to get into the learning curve.
- Maybe, just maybe leave it as is as it is relatively obsolete software and it would be pointless let alone expensive to keep maintaining it.
Trying to get a hold of old software when the current technological trend is going so fast, it would be pointless to say now that holding on to old software to people who might not even use CS2 isn’t legal. It would have been more fair to do the things I listed before or just let it go in the name of getting more users into the harsh learning curve of using the software. So far the other kinds and the free and open source alternatives still can’t catch up to the dominance of Adobe software which many people even the inexperienced want over the others. This is something Adobe really dropped the ball on this one and who ever is in charge of this decision be fired!
- Why Adobe’s Massive Photoshop Fail Could’ve Been a Clever Business Move (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Adobe Are Not Giving Photoshop Away Afterall… (omgubuntu.co.uk)
- Adobe is NOT Giving Away CS2 (indesignsecrets.com)
- CS2 Good to be True (aperture64.wordpress.com)
- Adobe almost does something amazing by accident (arstechnica.com)
- Why Adobe (and other vendors) should give away older software (reviews.cnet.com)