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Subject: So, Adobe is letting you have CS2 for free... rss

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James McAninch
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Yeah, it's old, but it's also free!

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

For all those out there lamenting not being able to achieve the excellence they know they can, here's your opportunity. I got my copy and it works very nicely, thankyewverymuch.
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GeneralPeeEff wrote:
It's not actually free. You're only supposed to download it from that page if you already own it.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/01/adobe-...


"Effective December 13, Adobe disabled the activation server for CS2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over 7 years ago and do not run on many modern operating systems. But to ensure that any customers activating those old versions can continue to use their software, we issued a serial number directly to those customers. While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers." - Adobe

So basically it is free.
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Sadly, CS2 was written for the PowerPC Macs, so you need to be running an older version of the MacOS which still supports the PPC processor.
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Either way, you can download and activate photoshop, so that works for me.
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Better still, bite the bullet and make a start on learning to use GIMP - the current version is genuinely free, and unless you're a magnificent digital artist (in which case you'll own a current version of Photoshop anyway), GIMP will do everything you'd want to do with Photoshop.

There's a bit of a learning curve, but plenty of tutorials around
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KAndrw wrote:

There's a BIG learning curve, but plenty of tutorials around


fixed that for you ninja
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Stexe wrote:
So basically it is free.
I'd vote for no.

It's more like free in the way it's free if you fetch it using a torrent tracker.

Gimp however is free.
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kentreuber wrote:
Sadly, CS2 was written for the PowerPC Macs, so you need to be running an older version of the MacOS which still supports the PPC processor.
And no way anyone interested in running Photoshop could run Windows?!
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aliquis wrote:
kentreuber wrote:
Sadly, CS2 was written for the PowerPC Macs, so you need to be running an older version of the MacOS which still supports the PPC processor.
And no way anyone interested in running Photoshop could run Windows?!
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yeah it's windows too.
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GeneralPeeEff wrote:
They did it to help their customers, a group which you aren't a member of if you didn't pay for it.

Seriously, man, this is all over the web. CS2 isn't free, Adobe screwed up, end of story.
But it's still there. A screw up would have been pulled within an hour.
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cold_fuzion wrote:
GeneralPeeEff wrote:
They did it to help their customers, a group which you aren't a member of if you didn't pay for it.

Seriously, man, this is all over the web. CS2 isn't free, Adobe screwed up, end of story.
But it's still there. A screw up would have been pulled within an hour.



It was pulled, and then it was put back up.
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KAndrw wrote:
Better still, bite the bullet and make a start on learning to use GIMP - the current version is genuinely free, and unless you're a magnificent digital artist (in which case you'll own a current version of Photoshop anyway), GIMP will do everything you'd want to do with Photoshop.

There's a bit of a learning curve, but plenty of tutorials around


I've been a heavy GIMP user but if I could get PhotoShop for cheap I would drop it in a heartbeat because GIMP needlessly costs me thousands of keystrokes a year.

The thing is that they default the file save type to their file format and will not let you change the default so every single time I want to save a new file, I have to type the extension.

Every.
Single.
Time.

Every other graphics editing program I have used has let you select what you want your default file type to be but GIMP cares more about frutilessly trying getting people to use their format than they do about their users' efficiency.

That is so infuriating I tell people it is only worth going through learning it if you are willing to put up with such an idiotic policy. If not, don't bother.
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KAndrw wrote:
Better still, bite the bullet and make a start on learning to use GIMP - the current version is genuinely free, and unless you're a magnificent digital artist (in which case you'll own a current version of Photoshop anyway), GIMP will do everything you'd want to do with Photoshop.

There's a bit of a learning curve, but plenty of tutorials around


It's been a while since I tried to play with GIMP. At the time, GIMP didn't have the "layer style" blend/effect-y things. Which was a deal breaker for me.

Does GIMP have that capability now? I couldn't tell just by quickly browsing their website.
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If you have someone in school or you're faculty, you can get photoshop or the whole creative suite CHEAP.

like 300 bucks.

Use your children, they owe you.
www.academicsuperstore.com
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ghostOfChristmas wrote:

It's been a while since I tried to play with GIMP. At the time, GIMP didn't have the "layer style" blend/effect-y things. Which was a deal breaker for me.


I think GIMP has had these (usually called 'layer blending modes') for a very long time.

The problem I always had with the GIMP when I've tried it was that its UI was rather obtuse and unfriendly, and seemed to go out of its way to do things differently from every other graphics package on the planet just so it could be different. So maybe layer blending modes have always been there and they were just hiding somewhere you never expected.
 
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Bichatse wrote:
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The problem I always had with the GIMP when I've tried it was that its UI was rather obtuse and unfriendly, and seemed to go out of its way to do things differently from every other graphics package on the planet just so it could be different. ...


I heard about this yesterday but haven't tried it yet:

http://www.gimpshop.com/

It's a version of gimp that is supposed to mimic PhotoShop's UI.
 
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EvanMinn wrote:

It's a version of gimp that is supposed to mimic PhotoShop's UI.


Maybe it's changed, but last time I tried that it really just changed a few keyboard shortcuts, or something like that. It didn't help much!


(For what it's worth, I'm personally perfectly happy with a combination of Photoshop Elements and Sai; not to suggest that the information couldn't be of use to others, of course.)
 
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I've used both GIMP and Photoshop a lot. Both have pros and cons -- I find that Photoshop has a lot of cool features and neat things (like MagicWand and Heal Brush) that are a lot weaker on GIMP. On the other hand GIMP is easier to do small changes since it is faster to load and make edits.

Either way, Adobe did mess up in a sense, but more that they discontinued support for older products due to a technical glitch than for making it available to everyone.

It is "free" in the sense that anyone can download and use it, but I probably would advise against using it for commercial reasons.

Heck, I'm still using my free trial of Photoshop CS6 like 6 months after it should have expired. Not sure how since I didn't crack it or anything, but it still works fine.
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Phil of Mars wrote:
If you have someone in school or you're faculty, you can get photoshop or the whole creative suite CHEAP.

like 300 bucks.

Use your children, they owe you.
www.academicsuperstore.com


I am seriously considering using my brother-in-law for this purpose. I would love to get the suite, the newest one, for sure. I keep drooling over it every time I'm in the Apple store.
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Phil of Mars wrote:
If you have someone in school or you're faculty, you can get photoshop or the whole creative suite CHEAP.

I enrolled in an accounting class at my local community college about 2 years ago (1) to see if I was interested in going back to school, and (2) legally take advantage of academic software pricing.

I found out that somehow I have less time for school now than I did 10 years ago, but I got a copy of PS5 (at the time) to show for it. 3DMax, too.
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rasslor wrote:
Phil of Mars wrote:
If you have someone in school or you're faculty, you can get photoshop or the whole creative suite CHEAP.

I enrolled in an accounting class at my local community college about 2 years ago (1) to see if I was interested in going back to school, and (2) legally take advantage of academic software pricing.

I found out that somehow I have less time for school now than I did 10 years ago, but I got a copy of PS5 (at the time) to show for it. 3DMax, too.


Yeah, I know a few people who do this. They go back to a local community college to take advantage of a TON of education discounts.

Not only that but he gets access to the school's camera equipment, video editing equipment, and theater majors as free extras for his films. Seems like a brilliant idea to me.
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