In case you haven’t heard, Adobe’s handing out some belated holiday cheer. Announced yesterday and still available today, Adobe is allowing you to obtain for yourself a free, legitimate copy of Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite 2 — provided you own an existing license of CS2, and need to reinstall the software — no strings attached.
Well, one small string that the folks over at Gizmodo describe nicely, along with why this may be worth the effort:
Well, unless you think having an Adobe account is a catch. Anyway, apparently Adobe’s tired of keeping the activation servers running to support legitimate installs of the 10-year-old CS2, so it’s decided to just give it away. Sounds great to me..
Gory details here, courtesy of the folks at Forbes:
“What is true is that Adobe is terminating the activation servers for CS2 and that for existing licensed users of CS2 who need to reinstall their software, copies of CS2 that don’t require activation but do require valid serial numbers are available. (Special serial numbers are provided on the page for each product download.) See <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1114930>.”
Free — or not — I found that much of yesterday, Adobe’s Photoshop and CS2 download page was down, due to popular demand I’m sure. And that’s what this post is about, providing you a technique to download large multiple files without clobbering your bandwidth or browser.
Not wanting to run into that problem, and not wanting to tie-up my browser with downloading the 5 or 6 files this install prescribes, I though I might share with you how I’m using the free, GNU provided command-line tool wget to grab the files in a way that will run in the background while I get some important things done for work. Here is the syntax:
echo "1130-0412-8377-1896-9751-5759" > CS_20_mac_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS2_install_Mac.pdf
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/STES/CS_20_IE_NonRet_D1.dmg.bin
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/STES/CS_20_IE_NonRet_D2.dmg.bin
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/STES/CS_20_IE_NonRet_D3.dmg.bin
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/VCS2.dmg
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS_2.0_IE_Extras_1.dmg.bin
echo "1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639" >> PhSp_CS2_mac_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PHSP/PhSp_CS2_English.dmg.bin
echo "1057-0410-8218-6295-1699-9560" >> PSE4_Mac_serial.number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PSE/PSE4_Mac_WWE_ESD1.dmg.bin
For those of you who’d rather do this in the middle of the night, I might recommend creating a batch/shell script of the above. You’ll note that I include the wget arguments the –continue (-c) command to resume getting a partially-downloaded file after getting disconnected, in combination with the –no-clobber (-nc) directive not to delete existing files. This allows me to schedule/crontab a a download at 1am, so when I wake-up at 6am I find files that also may have had to overcome disconnections or disruptions that bumped the download in the middle of the night.
Also, for those using a Mac or Linux, you can add a semi-colon (‘;’) after each command and string them together to run them concurrently, though I’d think twice before doing that unless you have a very big pipeline from which to download.
FYI, the above syntax was for the Mac, so for PC users, here’s the equivalent:
echo "1130-1414-7569-4457-6613-5551" > CS_20_win_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS2_install_Win.pdf
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc1.exe
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc2.exe
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CreativeSuiteCS2Disc3.exe
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/VCS2.zip
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/MLTI/CS_2.0_WWE_Extras_1.exe
echo "1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431" > PhSp_CS2_win_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PHSP/PhSp_CS2_English.exe
echo "1057-1414-3729-7573-7352-1206" > PSE_5.0_WIN_serial_number.txt
wget -nc -c http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/magic/creativesuite/CS2_EOL/PSE/PSE_5.0_WIN_ESD1_ENG.exe
I found that on my Mac, the entire process took 15 minutes — quietly and smoothly running in the background. Your mileage and download times may vary.