Adobe CS5 for Free?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by 3587, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. 3587 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2008
    I have a Mac Pro and I figured this would be the area to ask... I am looking at purchasing Adobe Photoshop CS5... The price is outrageous! I am a college student and web designer, where could I get this product for cheap/free? I've been told that most people don't have to pay for it anymore, but I want a legitimate purchase... How does one go about this?

  2. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Can't imagine who would have told you that most people don't have to pay for it anymore... unless they are referring to piracy

    But kudos for wanting a legitimate purchase

    As a college student, check with your school or with Adobe
    There should be student editions/discounts available
  4. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Your college should offer the academic license. I think that's your best bet.
  6. Cathode macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2008
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Like others have mentioned above, an academic license is probably your cheapest option. I did get a legitimate "free" installation of CS4 Master Collection through my work. We have a license agreement through our school district which allows me to have it on my personal laptop so long as I remain an employee.

    My college bookstore also offers the CS5 Master Suite for $600. Which is a KILLER discount compared to retail...

    I'd stay away from eBay, and other used offers.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Where's you hear there???

    Most people do pay the retail price. if you're a student, then adobe does offer their products at a significant discount.

    Then of course there's alternative products that do similar tasks.
  8. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    There is no legitimate way to get it for free, aside from the 30 day trial.
  9. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Academic versions are not eligible for future upgrade pricing of new versions, yes?
  10. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    the academic version of PS CS5 is like $150...I think that's pretty good.
  11. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Typically, academic licenses don't qualify for upgrades, nor should they. The whole point of academic software licensing is to familiarize students with the software without breaking their banks, promoting future business when their careers can justify the expense involved with commercial software licensing.

    But anyway, as far as the OP is concerned, Adobe's direct academic pricing has always been fairly reasonable. But also look into your college bookstore. Often, they have agreements with software publishers to offer even better pricing.
  12. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    Student discounts are way cheaper than retail prices, so take advantage of them while you're a student. That said, the best actual discount you can get is knowing somebody who works at Adobe...then you can get CS design premium or web premium for $100.

    Which almost feels like robbery.
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Well it depends; if you have a student license it's not upgradeable, but if you have an academic license, you can upgrade to the regular version on the next release. Notably the only difference between the academic license and full license is the price. The student license restricts use to non-commercial and prohibits installing on 2-owned machines whereas the academic license does not have these two restrictions.

    I contacted Adobe regarding this before I purchased CS5 as I was unsure if I had to pay for a full license or I could upgrade. I was given the green light to purchase an upgrade license.
  14. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    This is 100% true, for anyone wondering.
  15. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
  16. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    You have to submit a photocopy of your student ID. The turnaround is pretty fast. You should hear back from Adobe within 1-2 days.
  17. Honumaui macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008
    also you are not supposed to be using the academic ones to make money off of ?
  18. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  19. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    I believe that restriction was removed. But - check the Adobe site. All of the terms are there. They want to sell you a license, so they make it easy.

    And.... as an added note to anyone thinking of a pirated version. Downloading a pirated version of CS is one of the very few ways that it's possible to catch a trojan for OS X. Not every pirated version has a trojan, but there are only 2 or 3 applications, afaik, that have been, um, "upgraded" with this extra feature - and CS is one of them.

    kudos to the OP for wanting to go legit.
  20. Synthabusion macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2007
    I got my version of CS5 for free :) IU has an agreement with Adobe to give it free to students/staff.
  21. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Academic pricing gets you Photoshop CS5 Extended (full) for $299, for example. Regular retail costs $699 and Extended retail costs $999.

    The Extended non-academic upgrades cost the same price ($299), and you can use those after you lose academic purchasing privileges (after you graduate). Doing this converts your academic version to the full retail version.

    This does mean however that you are locked into buying the Extended upgrades to continue your licensing path, which cost $100 more than the regular upgrades ($199). (you won't be able to, for example, upgrade from CS5 Extended to CS6 Regular when it comes out - you must buy the CS6 Extended Upgrade)
  22. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I've also read that if you buy a package, let's say the master collection, you can't later upgrade just one product, you have to buy the upgrade for the whole collection.

    I'm still rocking Photoshop 5.5 on Windows (not CS5 mind you, 5.5) and Photoshop CS on Mac. I guess I upgrade so rarely anyway that I wouldn't be eligible for upgrades anyway, so the student version would be fine.

    What I'd really like to do is get a new copy of Photoshop and have one of my computers be Mac and the other Windows. I know two computers are allowed on one license, but I wonder if they can be different platforms.

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