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Adobe Software:
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
8113 posts

Apparently, Adobe are turning off their authentication servers for CS2 related products.

When trying to activate your Creative Suite 2, Acrobat 7, or Macromedia products you may receive an error that the Activation server is unavailable. As of December 15th the activation servers for these products will be shut down. The specific affected products are as follows:

Acrobat 7.0
Acrobat 8.0
Audition 3.0
Captivate 1.0
Contribute 2.0
Contribute 3.0
Director MX 2004
Dreamweaver MX 2004
Fireworks MX 2004
Flash Paper 2.0
Freehand MX
GoLive CS2
Illustrator CS2
InCopy CS2
InDesign CS2
Macromedia Studo MX 2004
Photoshop CS2
Photoshop Elements 4.0
Photoshop Elements 5.0
Premiere Pro 7.0



So that existing licensed customers aren't disadvantaged in the event that they need to reinstall, they have provided some new license keys which don't require activation along with some download links for the software installation.

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

I know a few people who needed to reinstall their Photoshop CS2 software who verified that the provided keys work.
03:20pm 10/01/13 Permalink
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thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10653 posts
If you sell some software do you need to give a guarantee of how long your activation stuff will work?

Good scam if you don't.

Get people by the balls with your own proprietary file formats, and keep releasing new versions and turning off old versions.
03:47pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13341 posts
So the page has no indication of licensing, requires no acknowledgement and lists the keys and software as straight download ... anyone wanna weigh in on if this is now near enough to freeware for most non-commercial users?
04:06pm 10/01/13 Permalink
cJay
Brisbane, Queensland
1327 posts
No wonder people pirate adobe software, overpriced and under supported.
04:15pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13342 posts
Under supported? CS2 was released in 2005..
04:17pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34912 posts
lulz, im off work until the end of january (since xmas), but i have noticed a s*** storm brewing at work with adobe products and licensing.

im glad im on holidays.
04:36pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5579 posts
So the page has no indication of licensing, requires no acknowledgement and lists the keys and software as straight download ... anyone wanna weigh in on if this is now near enough to freeware for most non-commercial users?


Haha that was my take on it as well. Either that or perhaps someone at Adobe might soon be getting a paddlin'.
04:39pm 10/01/13 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
9752 posts
hmm well over 2 gig CS and Photoshop.

Which do i install first ?
The CS ? then photoshop ? then elements ?
05:17pm 10/01/13 Permalink
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
8114 posts
Independant link


According to Don Isaacs (Adobe):

What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don't require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. (Special serial numbers are provided on the page for each product download.) See Adobe forums.

You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!
05:24pm 10/01/13 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
9753 posts
You are only legally entitled to download and install with that serial number if you have a valid license to the product!


that statement clearly has two meanings.
05:30pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5580 posts
Heh, so what Mr. Isaacs is effectively saying is that Adobe couldn't be bothered going to the cost and effort to validate whether you're an actual CS2 user or not, so here's the absolute bare minimum web page so that the legitimate customers don't scream bloody murder after they switch off the auth servers.
Oh, and if you're not one of those inconvenienced by the auth servers switching off then bugger off because CS2 is not free, even though the link to software and keys is open to any and all visitors.
06:13pm 10/01/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10654 posts
They wouldn't give two s**** because anyone intending on ripping them off already has at least CS5.
07:41pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Dan
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Brisbane, Queensland
13991 posts
They've essentially just removed the DRM, but you still legally require a license to be using it. So if your business was software audited and you were running it without the original license, that would be deemed piracy just the same as if you were keygen'ing CS5.

Just because it's easier to pirate, doesn't mean it's not still copyright infringement.
07:50pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5583 posts
They've essentially just removed the DRM, but you still legally require a license to be using it. So if your business was software audited and you were running it without the original license, that would be deemed piracy just the same as if you were keygen'ing CS5.


Of course.
It wouldn't hurt for them to add a small reminder of that on their download page that places are directly linking to though, after photography sites run headlines like 'Adobe CS2 Free!' and such. Even better, they could simply remove the DRM on all their products, it's a PITA for those of us that have to manage networks with legit licenses.
08:31pm 10/01/13 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9890 posts
it's a PITA for those of us that have to manage networks with legit licenses.

But no where near as bad as Autocad.
08:41pm 10/01/13 Permalink
mongie
Brisbane, Queensland
7646 posts
But no where near as bad as Autocad


*raises hand*

Autocad (FlexLM) is nowhere NEAR as bad as the 11ty billion small time developers who continue to INSIST on using HASP dongles... or, heaven forbid, they write their own software based licensing system and it DOESNT SUPPORT RUNNING IN A TS SESSION OMG~!
08:55am 11/01/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34923 posts
fscking dongles
11:54am 11/01/13 Permalink
Scooter
Brisbane, Queensland
6156 posts
/looks at his 12d USB Dongle

We had the option to go network license for 12d (It's a CAD software) but that only allows you to have 1 project open per user. The Dongle allows me to have unlimited* projects up on the desktop. And as I usually field questions about various projects during the day (I have 3 open right now) having to close the active project to check the other one would be a b****. For some projects I can also use past information (Such as Property boundaries) so I open the old, copy for the new. Couldn't do that with a network license.

*As many as the s***** comp can handle.

Whatever license manager we got from KarelCAD is f*****g balls though. Always ghosting logins and falling over.

Luckily, for those types of issues, I'm not on the side that has to fix them. Just the one that gets to sit around until they are.
12:05pm 11/01/13 Permalink
demon
Brisbane, Queensland
7034 posts
the cad software i use requires constant authentication from an online server & it checks every 30 seconds or something stupid. on rare occasions my work loses it's internets, for whatever reason, & on multiple occasions the online server is down. previously i ran 2 copies... one legit, one cracked... so i could continue working when the online server wouldn't authenticate.

i've been using a new licence for the last year or 2 that doesn't require auth for 4 hours if the connection is lost & so far i haven't had to use my cracked copy to keep working. stupid cad software authentication balls.
12:19pm 11/01/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34924 posts
my old work used to run all sorts of dodgy software to get the job done.

not anymore, now we're with a propper serious company, they constantly audit software and licenses. i cant even begin to imagine how much trouble you'd be in for running something not legit.
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