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How to get a legal old version of Photoshop

John Murphy , Nov 19, 2004; 02:46 p.m.

So I understand the OEM versions of Photoshop 6 are not legal. Evidently, Adobe never made an OEM version? Anyway, I can't see paying $600 for Photoshop CS just so that I can apply ICC profiles to my scans. So how can I get a legal version of Photoshop 6 or 7? Ebay does not seem to be a safe option. Are there any retailers that sell old, unused software?


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Will Hammond , Nov 19, 2004; 03:00 p.m.

I have perchased dozens of legal copies for my clients via eBay. Just make sure the person selling has plenty of positive feedback and that the software is unregistered and full version.



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Jim Vanson , Nov 19, 2004; 03:00 p.m.

I have a **really** good suggestion. Go to http://www.adobe.com. Find the forum for Adobe Photoshop. Read about what the moderators -- some of whom are Adobe employees -- say about whats legal and what's not. I'm saying that because the last time I looked the consensus was that there may have been some legal OEM versions of PS. And the last time I looked here there was someone claiming that you could upgrade from LE (which *is not* true).

Neil Baylis , Nov 19, 2004; 04:39 p.m.

I bought PS 4 on ebay, from the registered owner. He transferred the license to me, and then I upgraded it to PS7. Now I can upgrade that to CS.

At the time, there were a number of sellers on ebay offering deals like this. They tended to shop around for auctions when companies went out of business, etc. or departments got closed, and buy up the licences for exactly this purpose. If they're still doing it, it's a good cheap legal way to get a full PS licence.

Just make sure the seller can transfer the registration to you. Adobe has a form you can download for this purpose.

Michael Houghton , Nov 19, 2004; 05:03 p.m.

I'm almost certain you _could_ upgrade from LE, but it wasn't the same upgrade (cost more I think)

I have an old copy of 4.0 LE that might be able to answer this particular question finally, somewhere...

Michael Houghton , Nov 19, 2004; 05:06 p.m.

The back of the 4.0 LE CD says 'upgrade to the full version of Photoshop 4.0' at a special price!'.

I guess this means it's like the current upgrades from Elements to CS - you get the full version at a discount if you can provide a serial number of Elements/LE.

Whether Adobe still honour an LE upgrade, however, I doubt.

Bob Michaels , Nov 19, 2004; 06:31 p.m.

I recently discussed this with Adobe since I required another copy of an older version of Acrobat which was not available by any traditional means. They understood I already had the media and what I needed was another license to not be a software pirate.

It seems many purchasers never register the product, just install it and then sell the CD. You buy, you register it and you have the legit copy. All they have is a bootleg copy.

I bought a copy on the auction site and registered it. No problems. I did pay more to buy from a regular dealer and not some individual.

Rolfe Tessem , Nov 19, 2004; 07:18 p.m.

I spoke to Adobe about this and they confirmed that ANY version, including something like Photoshop 5.0 LE is elegible for the upgrade price. Since that version was bundled with a ton of periperals such as scanners, it is reasonable to assume that a bunch of unregistered copies are sitting around in bottom drawers and closets. Elements does not qualify.

Tom Halfhill , Nov 19, 2004; 07:33 p.m.

What is the upgrade price from LE 5.0?

Rolfe Tessem , Nov 19, 2004; 08:25 p.m.

Tom, it is the same as any other upgrade price. They only have two prices -- upgrade and full. Go to the Adobe web site and find their price -- other online retailers may be slightly less, but not much.

One important point -- Adobe allows you to upgrade from even something like Photoshop 5.0LE to either the full Creative Suite or just to Photoshop CS.

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