) decision to give away Creative Suite 2 (which includes the CS2
version of Photoshop) has proved to be very popular with consumers
from all over the world. As of this writing, the
CS2 download link
contains the following "Site Area Temporarily Unavailable"
"We're sorry, the site area you've requested is unavailable.
Please try again later."
This message has appeared on Adobe's website for more than two
hours. The rest of Adobe.com seems to be up and running without any
issues, though the main page makes no mention of the CS2 offer. The
offer is mysteriously absent from the
page as well.
Nonetheless, the tech world is buzzing with the news that Adobe
has decided to give away an older version of one of the
most pirated programs
"Wow, this is a great move by Adobe," one user, PaulG, wrote on
. "It gives people a chance to use the full suite, and get hooked
on it, legally."
"This is an amazing deal," another user, RocketJam, wrote. "I
use Photoshop CS2 at work still. Does probably 95% of what CS6 does
and much less bloated."
On Woot!, some users have speculated that the deal is
actually a mistake
caused by Adobe when it attempted to make the product easier to
re-download for those who had already purchased the software. Thus
far the company has not released a statement confirming that
In fact, Adobe has yet to comment on the deal at all. If it were
intentional, one might expect the company to make a formal
announcement and brag about the giveaway. However, if it was not
intentional, Adobe would still be expected to make an announcement,
if only to tell consumers that their newly downloaded copy of CS2
is not technically legal.
Even if that is the case, it would be foolish for Adobe to make
any such announcement. The company should instead turn this into a
marketing campaign that is aimed at gaining the names, address and
contact info of thousands (if not millions) of individuals.
This may already be Adobe's intent. In doing so, the company
would have a whole host of new customers to perpetually annoy with
advertisements for the Creative Cloud service.
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