Ever think the day would come when you would see Photoshop — and other high-value Adobe products — as freebies? Yeah, well, me neither. In what can only be termed as a strange rarity, Adobe has put up a page on their website that allows everyone to download the following Adobe programs for free:
- Adobe Creative Studio 2
- 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 Premiere Pro 2.0
Sure the freebies may be of old versions, but even old versions of software like Photoshop and Acrobat Pro are still useable and better than many rivals.
That said, it should be noted these freebies are a bit controversial.
You see the page on Adobe’s website that has the download links and serial keys is a public page accessible by anyone (i.e. no access restrictions) and it does not mention any special preconditions, e.g. it does not say that these downloads are only for a select group or people. This seemingly indicates that everyone can rightfully grab the freebies. However, there was a post made on Adobe forums (not by an official Adobe representative, just a forums member) stating that Adobe’s official stance is that the downloads found on the above-mentioned page are only for people who bought the product in the past.
As far as I know, Adobe itself has yet to come out and issue an official statement about the freebies and, interestingly enough, the forum post I mention above has now been deleted. So it isn’t entirely clear how legitimate or illegitimate the freebies are. However, they are available directly from Adobe so… yeah, grab ‘em while you can (at your own risk, of course).
Hit up the link below to find download links and serial keys for all of the above-mentioned software. All of the programs are available for Windows and most are available for Mac OS X, too. Simply download the programs, install them, and activate them with the provided serial keys.