You have an opportunity to download free Creative Suite CS2, Photoshop CS2, Premiere Pro 2.0, Photoshop Elements 4/5, Acrobat Pro 8.0, InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2, InCopy CS2 from the official Adobe website. Despite the fact that it is an old version, it copes well with many common tasks that designers face.
Applications are available only in English. Also there are some restrictions for operating systems. To work in Adobe CS2, Mac processor is required with the Power PC and OS X 10.2 — 10.4 or a more modern Mac with the operating system 10.6.8 and not newer because you need Rosetta to start the applications. Situation is much better with Windows OS. The majority of applications will work in all versions.
Free Adobe CS2 Premium Plus package includes:
- Photoshop CS2
- Illustrator CS2
- Acrobat 3D 1.0
- Acrobat Standard 7.0
- Acrobat Pro 8.0
- Audition 3.0
- GoLive CS2
- InCopy CS2
- InDesign CS2
- Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
- Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
As a test, I decided to download Illustrator CS2. In order to download the necessary product, follow the link http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html.
Because of the huge demand for free Adobe package, the download page might be temporary not available. That's OK, we will try again later. Unfortunately, the download speed is very low.
The installation process is quite standard, I don't think you'll have any questions to it.
On one of the installation stages the program will require the serial number which you can take from Adobe page provided in a table.
On the next stage, the program will require your registration, this is not necessary. Just click on Do Not Register.
I have a 64 bit operating system Windows 7. As we can see, Adobe Illustrator has started and works just fine.
According to the information available in the Internet it can be assumed that the free to download Adobe CS2 was the result of shutting down the server to activate the package Adobe CS2 and Acrobat 7 due to the technical failures. These products were released for more than 7 years ago and they don't work on many modern operating systems, but in order to provide all the owners of this version an opportunity of normal use, Adobe has published the serial numbers of the package Adobe CS2. This action has been interpreted as the distribution of Adobe software for free, but it was mostly done for the benefit of their clients. A company representative said that Adobe doesn't provide free copies of CS2, the page was intended for the users of the Adobe products who cannot activate their previously purchased software because the registration servers outdated products were turned off. That is, all the license restrictions remain.
Later, there appeared in the Internet some information from Adobe which says that there was indeed a mistake; as a result of which there is no possibility to control the use of these products. Therefore, Adobe will not apply any sanctions to the users who have downloaded CS2, on one condition: the products are not to be spread through torrent sites and other sites. And if in the beginning only authorized users had access to the page (i.e. it was necessary to have an account with Adobe), but now link to download CS2 is available for everyone.