Update: Download Adobe Creative Suite 2 For Free


Update3: This comes from imaging-resource:

Here’s what Issacs wrote on Adobe’s community forum following the reports.

“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 <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1114930>.

Update2: the download link appears to be still alive. Just tried it out. Don’t know what is going on.

Update: To good to be true! According to diyphotography, which cites Adobe support forum, the download was never meant to be free. The download page was meant for photographers who bought CS2, but needed to reactivate it. The download link has now been disabled.


Adobe’s CS2 suite can be downloaded for free. Click here to download. Serial numbers are provided with the download links. You have to be registered to Adobe (it’s free) to make the download. Mac (PowerPc) and Windows versions.

[via 9to5toys via nachbelichtet.de via canonwatch]


  • MJr

    This is so awesome for design/web/art enthusiasts, sadly tho Camera RAW can’t be updated to it’s latest version, so no recent camera RAW support.

  • @admin
    Thank you :-]

  • Sunny

    Are you sure it´s for free? And it´s running on current PCs?

    The page starts with a banner “Become Creative Cloud member … for 49,99 USS per month”

    The system requirements are:
    Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8. PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
    Microsoft® Windows® 2000/Windows XP. Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor

  • BLT

    Wow – This is great. I left PhotoShop a while back as other programs could just about work for me for much much less of the cost.

    But getting a couple years old version of Photoshop Free and Legally is awesome.

    Thanks Admin!!

  • Edward M. Bartel

    Alright, so I might be totally stupid here. But why are they giving it away for free?

    • Duarte Bruno

      Because it’s old, nobody is using it any more and you can hook people on it to buy the latest versions.

    • MJr

      I guess to discourage illegal downloading. Most of them wouldn’t even know what to do with it all, so might as well use a little older version legally.

    • Sunny

      Because it´s totally useless. I think there´s hardly anybody using a 7 years old Powermac with Mac OS 10.3 anymore.

      • swester

        Totally useless? You do realize it will work on Macs up to Snow Leopard 10.6, not to mention just about any Windows PC?

        • Snow Leopard… you said it. While there’s still people using it. A lot of people have moved on. Most of them.
          And all Macs sold for the last 1.5years have at least 10.7.

          But anyways… I mean… if you have a newer machine… you probably have no need for software as old as CS2.
          If you still use a machine that is compatible with it… or you have not upgraded your OS in ages… then it might be very well worth it.
          It really depends on whether you are the target audience or not.

          • swester

            You realize SL (and earlier OS X iterations) make up nearly 40% of Macs still in use, right?

    • Scot

      Marketing give the customer a taste (it’s old software) and hope they want more in the form of the most current version. Given we are on version 6 I’d say 3 would have been more appropriate but they are moving in the right direction. It also gets rid of the trouble and expense of tracking old customer serial numbers as it is now free.

    • Anonymous

      It’s so old as to be considered nearly worthless?

      • I still use photoshop 7.0 so for me it’s great! I do most of my work in LR and elements 10 but an upgraded photoshop is nice.

        • hehe I remember trying photoshop cs2 and then going BACK to 7.0 :D
          might give it another try though

    • michael

      Because it’s outdated, both in functionality and interface. At the same time, there are so many great free tools available now (like Pixlr Editor for Chrome) that enthusiasts are starting to not need Adobe anymore.

      This is a great way for Adobe to gain/retain some of their enthusiast base, and it costs them nothing. They’re hoping you’ll want newer, better functionality and shell out for the real thing soon.

  • Arnold

    That’s a good initiative, what is the difference between the standard edition and the family one ?

    • admin

      It is not the latest version

  • Comments

    Admin, comments are broken. The home page displays 5, clicking the article displays 0.

    • GreyOwl

      I’ve had the same problem, from time, to time as well.

    • Anonymous

      They’ve been acting pretty weird lately.

  • Anonymous

    Damn. I didn’t see the system requirements. Useless.

    Mac OS X v.10.2.8–v.10.3.8. PowerPC® G4 or G5 processor
    Microsoft® Windows® 2000/Windows XP. Intel® Pentium® III or 4 processor

    • No, it’s not useless. I still can use my old Photoshop version 6.0 (from September 2000!) on my WIN-7 machine. No joke.

    • Duarte Bruno

      I wouldn’t say it’s useless. For image processing it will probably do 90% of what you need it to do (except for importing RAWs).

      • Anonymous

        use free adobe dng converter to convert raws from newer cameras and you can use them with cs2

      • Anonymous

        for raw use Adobes free DNG converter for raw from newer cameras

    • Those should definitely be the minimum requirements. I was running CS2 on a Core 2 Duo until CS5 came out (currently on photoshop CS6, but wouldn’t mind having the other Creative Suite programs at CS2…especially Illustrator).

      This is cool, though the server seems swamped right now.

    • TM

      If you have Rosetta installed it will run PowerPC binary, and it’s actually very fast. Now I can upgrade Photoshop CS to CS2 on my Mac, and Photoshop 6 to CS2 on my PC!

  • ecdy
  • And thank you, admin!

  • Ano Nym

    forgot my password… can anyone please post the provided serial number?

  • swester

    This is great…if you have an ancient computer lying around.

  • asdfjkl

    The link is not working.

  • Anonymous

    adobe page for download is unavailable. guess too many people want it for free

  • camaman

    Knowing Adobe, if its free it doesn’t work.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s just to drum up interest in the new stuff. As it’s 5 or 6 years old, there is no raw support for new cameras, but one could convert to DNG with a free DNG converter. Camera Raw has made some significant improvements since CS2, but it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

  • Alan

    Page is down, not sure if it is just getting hammered or if it was a mis-post by Adobe that has been pulled.

  • My G4 runs 10.4.11 and Adobe CS without problems; why should it not work with a CS2?

    The download site is eh, down, ‘temporarily unavailable’.

  • Omahsdike

    it´s great.. i made a living with it 6 years ago.. and it´s still better then 95% of the other apps you can buy today.

    people like sunny will not get it but thats part of the deal.
    blame apple that they don´t care about compatibility…..

  • Even the DNG converter isn’t fully backwards compatible to CS2, at least not with m43 cameras.

  • Nobody

    PS CS2 is old application, but far better then any free apps like GIMP.

  • thorn

    There’s a lot more to the CS2 suite than just Photoshop.

    True, it’s dated. I run CS6 – but if all I had was a copy of Gimp and Windows Movie Maker (or gah – iMovie) – I’d be all over this. As far as Pixlr Editor for Chrome – last time I checked, it doesn’t do CMYK or Lab Color very well (ie, at all.)

    And lastly – those system requirements are *minimum*.

  • Fantastic – I just got a free copy of Capture One before Christmas, so now my workflow is set :-)

  • Mark



    >”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.”

  • Xiver

    Apparently s**t has most definately hit Adobe’s jewel encrusted fan. An official statement from Adobe’s website states that: Dov Isaacs wrote:

    On behalf of Adobe Systems Incorporated …

    You have heard wrong! Adobe is absolutely not providing free copies of CS2!

    this was said depsite the advertisements on websites with a fair reputation.
    And thus, they have pulled the link to avoid “Piracy” and we are still waiting for a formal statement on what the f*** happened

    more on this here :

  • Edwin
  • gf
  • Anonymous

    Why would something this silly be posted in m4/3 rumors? A software program for those running Microsoft Bob, Windows Me, or have an Apple II? No support for cameras that don’t use film?

    What’s the next headline? Francisco Franco is dead…Apple is pushing a new connection device known as USB…’Silence of the Lambs’ won an Oscar…gasoline has reached (gasp!) $1.00 a gallon…

  • wow, I’m a day late, but the adobe download site is still up. They must really want to give it away. Acrobat 8 too….If they didn’t mean to give it away, they sure aren’t in a hurry to remove it.

  • Ed

    Success. I have a G5 Mac. Last night I first logged into Adobe with my login, then clicked on the “click to download” link in this 43rumors post. It took me to a download page allowing me to download the full CS2 Creative Suite. The SN was also included on the page. I downloaded three Disc dmg’s, a tutorial dmg, & a pdf. It all installed fine on my Mac and I was able to open and adjust image files.

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