Apr 14, 2005

Apprehension Greets Adobe’s CS2 Activation Scheme

Source: Publish
Written By Robyn Weisman

Starting with its Creative Suite 2, Adobe Systems Inc. has implemented a feature that has met with some controversy: an activation requirement for individual license holders, both on the Mac and Windows side.

Once installed, users must register their copies of CS2 either over the Internet or by telephone within 30 days or the software will no longer be usable. CS2 is scheduled to ship in May.

“Adobe’s product license agreement permits the licensee to install and use the software on a primary computer, and another computer for home [or] portable use, provided these are not used simultaneously by the licensee,” said Mihir Nanavati, senior product manager of license management technologies at Adobe.

“Activation does not collect, transmit or use any personally identifiable information or hinder licensed users’ ability to use the software the way they always have under the Adobe product license agreement,” Nanavati said, adding that the process is identical for both U.S. and international customers.

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Editor’s note: as has been discussed and debated both here on PSN (see Andrew Rodney’s PSN Editorial) and on an ongoing thread at Rob Galbraith’s forums (see the original Activation thread) there is still a certain degree of skepticism from some Adobe customers. It should be noted however, the only new part of this CS2 activation is that in addition to Windows versions which had activation in CS, now activation has come to the Macintosh platform versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite 2–including Photoshop CS2. One additional new aspect of the new CS2 activation is the ability to de-activate on the one computer and move the activation to a different computer. While this was possible in Photoshop CS, it was prone to issues. Adobe has indicated that CS2′s activation has been greatly improved for CS2 including the ability to move your activation to different computers at will.

In the comments about Andrew’s Editorial, Scott Byer, an Adobe engineer on Photoshop, posted some of his personal thoughts regarding activation and gave some definitive answers to some of the technical questions raised in the comments.

The first shipping version of Photoshop with activation was actually the Australian version of Photoshop 7 for Windows. See this ExtremeTech article from July 25, 2003.

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