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Dreamweaver 8 (in Adobe CS2) for free? Maybe NOT

By January 7, 2013

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Updated 10:50 AM PST this was almost certainly an accident on Adobe's part. It seems that those files are made available for people who already have a license and it wasn't supposed to be available to the general public. Just goes to show that you shouldn't believe everything you read on Twitter. :-) I still haven't received official word from Adobe, but I apologize for any frustration I may have caused by posting this.

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Dreamweaver 8 Sometimes being on the west coast is a drawback, as I don't get the news as quickly as people in the U.K. and the east coast, but Gizmodo U.K. is reporting that Adobe has released Creative Suite CS2 for free download (you need to have an Adobe account), including Dreamweaver 8.

There are some drawbacks, however:

The link to download currently goes to a “Temporarily Unavailable” page. Some sites are claiming this is because of the popularity of this link, and the site is being overloaded. But it may be that Adobe realized their mistake and took the link down. When I was researching this, I couldn't find any information from official Adobe channels. (If you know of any official Adobe references to this, please let me know, thanks!)

Assuming this is real, remember that CS2 is from 2009. Adobe is on CS6 right now, and there are a lot of features that are not available in the older versions of the software. You won't get a lot of the really fancy graphics editing like content-aware fill and so on in Photoshop, and things like powerful CSS support, mobile development including creating apps, and even live view are not available in the Dreamweaver of 2009. However, if you want to learn how to use Dreamweaver the UI isn't terribly different and Dreamweaver 8 is still a good web page editor.

But this leads us to the most serious problem with downloading CS2:

Compatibility Issues

If you're running Windows 7 you'll have to install and use CS2 in compatibility mode. This isn't too big a deal, but it's something to think about. Also, there is almost no information on how or even whether compatibility mode will work on Windows 8. You'll need to figure that out on your own.

Mac users have it even worse. CS2 was a PowerPC product, so if you want to use it on your modern Macs you're going to need to go back to an OS like Panther or earlier with Rosetta. I wonder if I could install Panther in Parallels? ;-) In other words you'll need to put CS2 on that old Mac Powerbook you have sitting in your closet, because it won't work on your Retina Macbook.

Try to Download Now

The link may not work, but here is the link to download CS2 for free. Don't forget you need an Adobe account to activate it. Otherwise it will ask you for a registration code. Good luck!

January 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(1) Haribo Lector says:

I’m not using CS2 in Compatibility Mode on my Windows 7 PC…that I know of (and I’m reasonably confident that I’d know if I was). The installation process is slightly idiosyncratic, but went off without a hitch. The page you link to also provides the serial number necessary to register without an Adobe account. Do you even look at the pages you link to?

January 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm
(2) Jennifer Kyrnin says:

@Haribo: when I went to the page, it was already down with a message implying it was blocked. Yes, I did go to the page. But I couldn’t verify what other posts were saying because the page did not have any of the things you mentioned (serial number, etc). I guess you got there before Adobe took it down.

January 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm
(3) Celia says:

Downloaded and installed without problem – but no Dreamweaver in this version of CS2 (or am I missing something?) – I am so disappointed!

November 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm
(4) Jeaque says:

Adobe reactivated the site but has disabled the activation servers that were used for CS2. The site is up and works. You just have to have an adobe ID and agree with the terms and conditions of use on the login page.

November 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(5) Jennifer Kyrnin says:

@Jeaque: thanks for the update!

January 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm
(6) jg says:

Rosetta still works with Snow Leopard, aka, the best OSX ever.

January 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm
(7) Jennifer Kyrnin says:

@jg: I liked Snow Leopard too. Of course, I think that I liked it mostly for the name… :-)

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