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Adobe Creative Suite 2 Standard box

Standard edition

Adobe Creative Suite 2, commonly abbreviated to CS2, was released by Adobe Systems on April 27, 2005 as the successor to the original release of the Creative Suite series.[1] It was updated to Creative Suite 2.3 on September 18, 2006,[2] and was succeeded by Adobe Creative Suite 3 on April 16, 2007.[3]


Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium box

Premium edition

There were two primary editions of Creative Suite 2: Standard, which was targeted towards print publishing, and Premium, which added support for web publishing.[4] There were also editions for video production professionals which were released as Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio.[5]

Adobe Bundles[]

Adobe Web Bundle box

Web Bundle with Studio 8

After Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia in December 2005,[6] applications from Macromedia Studio 8 were packaged with Creative Suite 2 Premium in special bundles.[7]

End of support[]

On December 15, 2012, activation servers for CS2 applications were shut down. Registered users who wished to continue using these applications after that date could download new installers from Adobe with new serial numbers that could be activated without contacting a server.[8] Some users and websites had interpreted that Adobe was giving these applications away for free, but Adobe clarified that these were only for registered users and required a valid existing serial number to access downloads.[9][10] In May 2019, Adobe stopped providing CS2 downloads entirely.[11]


  1. Adobe Creative Suite 2 Now Shipping, Adobe Systems. 2005-04-27. Archived 2005-04-27.
  2. New Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional Enhances Adobe Creative Suite 2.3, Adobe Systems. 2006-09-18. Archived 2006-10-28.
  3. Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3, Adobe Systems. 2007-04-16. Archived 2007-04-29.
  4. Adobe Creative Suite 2 product comparison, Adobe Systems. Archived 2005-04-06.
  5. Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio: Premium and Standard edition comparison, Adobe Systems. Archived 2006-01-27.
  6. Adobe Completes Acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe Systems. 2005-12-05. Archived 2005-12-07.
  7. Adobe Bundles, Adobe Systems. Archived 2006-01-18.
  8. Looking to activate Creative Suite 2, Acrobat 7, or Macromedia products? by Jeff A. Wright, Adobe Community. 2012-12-13. Archived 2013-01-10.
  9. Recommendations for laptop specs to run CS2 and FrameMaker 8 by smittywriter412, Adobe Community. 2013-01-07. Archived 2013-01-08.
  10. Grab Photoshop and CS2 For Absolutely Free, Right Now by Sam Gibbs, Gizmodo. 2013-01-07.
  11. How do I activate CS2? (CS2 is dead) by RandomDave, Adobe Support Community. 2019-05-31.

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Adobe Creative Suite 2 / Production Studio
Premium · Standard · Production Standard · Production Premium
Acrobat 7 Professional · After Effects 7 (Professional) · Audition 2 · Bridge CS2 (Stock Photos) · Dynamic Link · Encore DVD 2 · GoLive CS2 · Illustrator CS2 · InDesign CS2 · Photoshop CS2 (ImageReady CS2) · Premiere Pro 2 · Version Cue CS2
Adobe Bundles: Design Bundle · Video Bundle · Web Bundle
Added in Creative Suite 2.3: Acrobat 8 Professional · Dreamweaver 8