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For my Graphics Design Classes, my professor has recommended Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Fireworks, CS3 or better. CS4 is way beyond my budget and CS3 will not run on my laptop so I need to find a demo version of CS3 (desktop) and CS2 (laptop)
Apparently Adobe no longer has these available on their website. I am looking to get the trial versions for a starter so I can at least have them for the next month, but I can't seem to find them anywhere. Anyone know any good links to get the Demo of CS2 and CS3? (reminder, I need Fireworks, Photoshop, InDesign and most Importantly, Illustrator)
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Patrick Pineda said:
CS4 is way beyond my budget
You sure about that?
I just got that first package. After shipping, it was a little less than $80 per program. It's a bit more than I'd normally pay per software package, but those ones are a bit more capable than the normal software package as well.
You have to prove you're a student to order them, and then you have to do the same process with Adobe to get the serials. In either instance, you have to submit a scanned student ID or enter your name into a public student database search for instant verification (provided your school is registered with that program). But for the price, I didn't mind a bit of hassle.
You can probably imagine a hitch with the offer though - people running businesses taking a random online/community college class to technically remain a "student" and leech the discount rate, so I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to publish works for profit using the student versions - but I never intended to in the first place, so that's not a concern for me. All program functionality is intact and that's all I need.
Not sure what you could do about the laptop though - is that just because it's too old to run the newer versions? If you bought one of those student packages, maybe you could work something out with Adobe. I think most support reps are trained to give you the benefit of the doubt with stuff like that - at least, I've consistently gotten plenty of extra serial numbers and work-arounds and authorizations for programs I was having issues with.
I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to publish works for profit using the student versions
That would be very unfair in my opinion, and there's no term like that in "Restrictions on Use of Adobe Student Editions" on the pages you linked to. I'm guessing that there aren't enough businesses exploiting studenthood for a catch like that to be necessary, or, more likely, Adobe is preventing businesses from using these licenses through terms such as "This license may be used only on privately owned computers," and the complexities of proving eligibility.
Eh, honestly I haven't looked through that trashheap of technical details they call the EULA yet, but it's not entirely uncommon among student software packages with such huge discounts to have some kind of restriction on professional production.
I mean, it's not like Adobe can tell once it's published, and it's not like they'd be able to keep track of everybody publishing from Illustrator or Photoshop or whatever. Plus any worthwhile graphic design company will provide the employee with a functional workstation, so even if I did get a job like that, it still wouldn't matter what my home versions were.
Regadless, the furthest I'd likely ever get with anything like this is an online gallery or comic with a "donate if you feel like it" link.
Then again, maybe you can do solo contracting with it. I haven't checked because I haven't needed to. I just didn't want to mislead anybody into thinking they could get more than they really would. Stores don't always list little things like that since they're not selling points (though their wording seems to imply individual/private contracting is legit). The packaged program documentation will tell for sure.
I'll probably read it sometime this year.