Adobe Software for Free!

Like most people in their professions, instructional designers rely on a certain set of tools to get their jobs done. For me it is Microsoft Office, and the Adobe eLearning Suite. I currently have e-Learning Suite 2.5 which includes Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, and of course Adobe Captivate. Many newer instructional designers have often asked if there are free alternatives to the software I use. I have never found an eLearning authoring tool that is truly free, however Gimp is a decent Photoshop alternative. For Dreamweaver, which is an HTML authoring tool, there are many choices. I personally have used KompoZer before, and it does a decent job.

Of course now I would answer a little differently. It seems that Adobe has decided to make the Creative Suite CS2 software all freely available to download. Creative Suite is a bundle of some of Adobe’s popular software, which includes, Adobe Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro and more. Perhaps this is a mistake, perhaps not. I personally would download this software and copy down the posted serial numbers as soon as possible, just in case. You can find all this software bundled together, or available to download separately from here:

So it seems that Adobe have added the following comment to this page since I published my blog post:

Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, including Acrobat 7, because of a technical issue. These products were released more than seven years ago, do not run on many modern operating systems, and are no longer supported.

Adobe strongly advises against running unsupported and outdated software. The serial numbers below should only be used by customers who legitimately purchased CS2 or Acrobat 7 and need to maintain their current use of these products.