Adobe's Creative Suite is a collection of tools that are also available as individual products. The first two versions of the Creative Suite included Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and Version Cue. There was also a premium edition which included Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver and Go Live.
The latest version of Creative Suite is version 6 which includes the latest versions of Adobe programs and is available in five different versions. Why I'm telling you this? Because Adobe Creative Suite 2 is now available as a free download on the Adobe website.
Just head over to the official download page to download the three disc version of the suite for Windows or Mac from Adobe. You get on top of that a pdf document with installation instructions and the extras disc as well.
Please note that you need to log in with your Adobe account or register an account for free on the site before you can download the discs to your system. The serial number is listed on the same page, so make sure it remains open during installation for easy copying and pasting of the serial number.
To install the suite on a Windows PC run the first disc - they are provided as executable files - after you have downloaded all three of them to the PC. The installer will do some unpacking before you are walked through the installation. The full installation requires 2.62 Gigabyte of space. The installer would not let me install the suite in the Program Files (x86) directory, maybe because of the brackets in the folder name or the space. I selected c:\adobe\ instead and was able to continue with the installation.
You can install the entire suite, consisting of Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe ImageReady CS2 and Adobe Version Cue CS2, or select individual components that you want to install.
Installation takes some time and you are asked to register afterwards. You can select that you do not want to register so that you do not have to fill out the form.
You can then start the programs from the start menu.
It is not clear if this is a time-limited offer or if Creative Suite 2 will be permanently available as a download on the Adobe website. I'd suggest you head over there right now if you are interested in the Suite or one of the programs to download and install it right away to avoid Adobe pulling the download again.
It is interesting to note that you find other Adobe products here as well for download. You can for instance download individual programs of the suite and other Adobe programs individually from the page:
- Acrobat Pro 8.0
- Audition 3.0
- GoLive CS2
- Illustrator CS2
- InCopy CS2
- InDesign CS2
- Photoshop CS2
- Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
- Adobe Premier Pro 2.0
The programs have all been released years ago and updates are available for all of them. That does not necessarily make them bad or inferior in any way. Sometimes, you may benefit from the age as you do not need such a high performance machine to run them on your system. Oh, and feel free to spread the word. (via)
Update: It seems that the page has been pulled by Adobe. It is not clear if that is just a temporary issue because of the traffic the page certainly received after news broke, or if it has been deliberately pulled by the company because it was an error in first place to put it up.
Update 2: The download links have also been posted on the Adobe website. If you get an error currently try again at a later time.
Update 3: While the page is not working right now, direct downloads are. You find them listed on Slickdeals so go there to download the programs. Serials also posted on the site.
Update 4: According to Softpedia, it was a glitch which has now been resolved.