adobe CS licensing

I'm about to buy a copy of CS6 but I have a slight problem. Adobe's license allows you to install it on two computer that are owned by the same person. The concept is one desktop and one laptop. I want to do this but the keys are specific to one one platform (mac or PC) and I have a PC desktop and a mac laptop. Anyway know a legitimate way around this?

In volume licensing, Adobe distributes license keys for Mac and Windows with each license. Not sure about single end-user licenses though. You could always go for Adobe cloud. Which is actually a subscription as it requires a full install on the client. I believe these subscriptions are OS-blind, and they allow you to install it on a desktop and laptop as well.

If you can get along on CS2, Adobe seems to be giving it away for free on that page. Mac CS2 is PPC-only, so it won't run on any recent version of Mac OS, but you could install CS6 on your laptop and CS2 on your desktop, if it still has the features you need.

Malor wrote:

If you can get along on CS2, Adobe seems to be giving it away for free on that page. Mac CS2 is PPC-only, so it won't run on any recent version of Mac OS, but you could install CS6 on your laptop and CS2 on your desktop, if it still has the features you need.

Depending on how legal you want to be. They're not giving it away, but providing a copy for people who have a CS2 license, but without whatever copy protection CS2 used because they're turning off the server. It's not free any more than CS6 is, it's just not protected, so if you're going to get that 'free' copy as far as adobe are concerned it's the same as if you're using a 'free' copy of CS6.

Well, since they're including the serial numbers on the same page, I don't think that argument really holds water.

Malor wrote:

Well, since they're including the serial numbers on the same page, I don't think that argument really holds water.

Scratched is right. Running the 'free' CS2 from there makes you uncompliant.

Where are you getting this?

Malor wrote:

Where are you getting this?

There were various news articles stating this a bit ago. Some pointed to posts on the adobe forums ... but none of those posts seem to exist anymore. The closest I have found was a thread on the adobe forums where someone had copied and pasted it in, but again a link to the original post from an adobe representative no longer lead anywhere. There was a bit of an uproar in response to their statement, so perhaps they changed their minds again.

I had a poke around, and I saw this: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/p...

Effective December 13 2012, Adobe disabled the activation server for Creative Suite 2 products and Acrobat 7 because of a technical glitch. These products were released over seven 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, Adobe issued a serial number directly to those customers. While it could be interpreted as Adobe giving away software for free, Adobe did it to help its customers.

The way I interpret it is that adobe know full well how some people will see it, and all but acknowledge it. It comes back to the long standing rumour that companies like MS and adobe would prefer to have small scale people (i.e. not companies or commercial use) use a 'free' copy rather than not use it as it gives them the chance to convert them into paying customers later.

Without paying for it you've got no more or less of a license than any other 'free' version, just with this one the binaries are coming from a reputable source that's less likely to virus up your PC. If you're not going to pay for it, then why limit yourself to the 8 year old version, especially as the OP has a valid CS6 2 install license.

So, in other words, Adobe putting up binaries and serial numbers in its own webspace somehow isn't good enough?

I would absolutely accept the argument if they didn't post serials right next to the binaries. As is, I don't see how anyone could be successfully prosecuted for piracy, or how you could even wave a finger at them, really.

aha! forgot I started this thread :P. I looked into volume licensing and I dont think I going that route. I am leaning towards adobe cloud for the time being. Haven't actually pulled the trigger on anything.