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The following information might be very useful for existing and future users of ColorPerfect but please understand that Adobe does not offer product support for these downloads and that what you do with this information is your own responsibility.

On January 8th 2013 something very interesting happened. After Adobe had put the activation servers for all of their CS2 products out of service as of December 13th 2012 due to a technichal glitch (as they claim on their blog) they made the whole CS2 product line including Photoshop CS2 available to their customers using a static serial number per product.

They might have done that because the activation services could not be recovered and all of us who bought CS2 back in its day can since no longer activate the software using our actual serial numbers. Neither internet nor phone activation work anymore. That probably posed a legal problem for Adobe, we did buy unrestricted licenses without any "end of life" as they call it. At first they seem to have released their static serial number solution to the problem on an internal page requiring existing customers to log-in using their Adobe IDs.

On January 8th 2013 Adobe decided to put all of this onto public web pages which makes Photoshop CS2 freely available to everyone who cares to get it. There were reports on this on January 7th but the reported pages were quickly offline again and there was a dementi from Adobe but then a day later the download pages were back and we'll list the links to the public download pages we found on this public Adobe Help page below.

On the aforementioned blog post Adobe sais "While this might be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, we did it to help our customers", so while Adobe does not confirm that this software is being given away for free to everyone they also don't deny it. Whether they intend to help or to give the software away for free matters little as long as they don't restrict their downloads in any way. You'll have to sort out for yourself though what it means legally when major software makers like Adobe offer their old products along with a serial number on their public web page.

Are the Adobe Creative Suite 2 downloads legal or are they not?

There is a funny controversy developing in some of the posts on this subject you'll find on various forums and web pages. On the one hand people approached Adobe complaining that they paid thousands of dollars for this software and that it's freely available now. To calm this down Adobe representatives have said on such forums that of course the software is only intended for those who did previously buy a license. On the other hand intentions declared on forums are pretty irrelevant. There is no clear official statement, the blog post we quoted above is totally ambiguous and the actual download pages continue to be public and completely devoid of any such purpose declaration. There are no extra conditions for you agree to in order to download the software or to see its static serial numbers. The EULA you are presented when installing the software sais "If you obtained the Software from Adobe or one of its authorized licensees and as long as you comply with the terms of this agreement, Adobe grants you a non-exclusive license to use the Software in the manner and for the purposes described in the Documentation, as further set forth below." It says nothing about having purchased the software except where it comes to warranty, transferability of licenses and the like but as we pointed out before you'll have to sort out what all of this means legally for yourself.

These downloads might be gone anytime so save whatever you need before the offer gets pulled again

From past experience we recommend you to get a copy of anything you're interested in because offers like this one generally are subject to change and might as well get pulled altogether later. Should the above links cease to work sometime you might want to try visiting them using www.archive.org's way back machine to see them as they looked after January 8th 2013.

Photoshop CS2 and Creative Suite CS2 download pages at www.adobe.com (with serial numbers)

ENGLISH (original link): http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

ENGLISH (at archive.org): http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

GERMAN (original link): http://www.adobe.com/de/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

GERMAN (at archive.org): http://www.adobe.com/de/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

FRENCH (original link): http://www.adobe.com/fr/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

FRENCH (at archive.org): http://www.adobe.com/fr/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

JAPANESE (original link): http://www.adobe.com/jp/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

JAPANESE (at archive.org): http://www.adobe.com/jp/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

Creative Suite CS2 download pages (currently) without Photoshop CS2

SPANISH (original link): http://www.adobe.com/es/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

SPANISH (at archive.org): http://www.adobe.com/es/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

ITALIAN (original link): http://www.adobe.com/it/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

ITALIAN (at archive.org): http://www.adobe.com/it/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html

We know that Photoshop CS2 existed in these languages. It was on the Production Studio Premium multi language installer disk set we bought back when CS2 was current. If you own a license of Photoshop CS2 in either language - which you won't be able to activate anymore as it seems - you'll have to contact your local Adobe customer service to have them solve that problem for you.

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Windows operating systems supported by Photoshop CS2: Windows XP through Windows 8

The Photoshop CS2 stand alone installer offered by Adobe officially supported Windows 2000 and Windows XP but it can be installed on Windows Vista, 7 and 8 in both their 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions without any problems. For the other CS2 products offered that might well be different, we only tried Photoshop CS2 with Win 7 and 8. There have been reports that the Creative Suite CS2 installer causes trouble there while the stand alone installers work fine.

Photoshop CS2's OS X support: 10.4 (natively), 10.5 and 10.6 (maybe using Rosetta), virtual Windows

On the Mac Photoshop CS2 was the last version compiled for Power PC processors so this might be much less interesting than the Windows version. Photoshop CS2 for OS X runs natively on OS X 10.4 Tiger which we officially support. With Apple's Rosetta emulation software it might also run on Intel Macs using OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. We do not officially support Rosetta installations for ColorPerfect. There have been repots of problems involving Rosetta that could not be reproduced on actual Power PCs. You are free to experiment but please note that while we are interested in hearing about any problems you encounter there is absolutely no guarantee that any of them will be solved in future releases. Rosetta is not included in either Lion or Mountain Lion so Photoshop CS2 for OS X won't work there.

The best thing to do for those using either of the Lions might be getting a free virtualization software like virtual box, installing any Windows version starting with Windows XP as a virtual machine and to use Photoshop CS2 in that. Probably this is even worthwhile on OS X 10.5 and OS X 10.6 since the Windows version of Photoshop CS2 has been compiled for the Intel platform rather than for the Power PC.

Not supported by CameraRAW? ColorPerfect adds support for hundreds of digital cameras to Photoshop CS2

While it was developed to solve problems inherent to all current digital imaging systems and thus to greatly improve color quality and flexibility ColorPerfect's PerfectRAW does something more down-to-earth for Photoshop CS2, too: It adds the Camera support Adobe never added to the Adobe Camera RAW 3.x that shipped with Photoshop CS2. They use the support of new cameras as a sales proposition for upgrades where we don't. Our philosophy is different in that respect. We have never charged anyone for upgrades to begin with.

All you need to do to use PerfectRAW is drop any RAW file on our auxiliary program MakeTiff, open the resulting Tiff with Photoshop and process it with ColorPerfect where you'll tick the PerfectRAW checkbox. The general workflow for this will need some learning but after a while you will really be astonished what you can do with it - beyond what you ever could with other software.