Today I noticed this crazy deal on slickdeals website. Apparently Adobe decided to release one of their older CS suits. Adobe Creative Suite CS2 was originally released back in 2005 and it seems that a lot of time has passed since then but I can still see a lot of value in this old version. Current Adobe CS version is 6 by the way.

Sometimes “normal” users just need to edit .psd file that they downloaded on some free pictures site and then they have problems because they don’t have Adobe Photoshop. Usually what happens is that users try to find cracked copy of this software but this can be daunting challenge.

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


What do you get for free?

Adobe Creative Suite CS2 (Standard)
Acrobat 3D 1.0 (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

What do you need to do in order to get free copy?

You need an Adobe Member account to download the software. Creating new account is free of charge! After log in to the Downloads page, you can download the entire CS2 Standard Suite or individual applications, it depends on what you want or what is your preference. Usually we only want one or two applications from the whole suit. I for example downloaded only Adobe Photoshop :)

Compatibility issues

Windows 8

If you have Windows 8 and you have trouble installing CS2 suite, you may want to try downloading VirtualBox ( which is totally free. This software allows you to run Windows XP programs in a virtual environment on a Windows 7 machine but apparently it also works with Windows 8!

Mac OSX 10.8

Tries to install and fails. Not sure about prior Mac OSX versions (note: you need to use a MacOs that can run the powerpc emulator Rosetta. Mountain Lion won’t work, since Apple dropped the emulation).

For additional information about compatibility issues visit slickdeals forum! Currently the members area is no longer accessible but you can get direct links and keys (not unique though) on already mentioned forum. Enjoy!



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