Adobe joins Microsoft on software security activation bandwagon

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
"Adobe has outlined plans to roll out product activation for its products, beginning with a three-month trial on Photoshop 7.0 set for April in Australia.

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Drew McManus, Adobe's global director of marketing, said that the activation process was not about "catching criminals or pirates, but more about making sure that genuine Adobe customers had valid products".



According to McManus, the activation data sent to Adobe does not contain any identifying content and that it will be used to confirm that installations match product serial numbers.



"Activation will not prevent people from installing one copy on their work PC and another on their home notebook, as in the standard Adobe end-user license agreement," he said.



Users will have 30 days to activate Photoshop 7.0 before the software locks up, and it may be activated online or via a free call to Adobe. The activation process is available online or over the phone but unlike Microsoft Window XP and Office XP's controversial activation process, Photoshop 7.0 will not require re-activation after hardware changes."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 19
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I hope somebody replaces Adobe soon then. This is ridiculous, I hope this scheme is accompanied by a major price drop into more realistic levels. Of course, WinXP has been hacked to bits, so it shouldn't take long for someone to fix this problem on Adobe either. Only problem for mac users is that we're a relatively small community and "fixes" often come late or not at all. Just one more reason to use a PC.
  • Reply 2 of 19
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,131member
    Well people need to stop bootlegging Photoshop.



    The thievery that exists in the 'puter industry is rampant. Playtimes over. Software Developers are on thin budgets and can no longer afford pirates.



    Damn crackers ..
  • Reply 3 of 19
    willoughbywilloughby Posts: 1,457member
    [quote]Originally posted by Matsu:

    <strong> so it shouldn't take long for someone to fix this problem on Adobe either.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    How is a company preventing people from stealing their software a "problem"? Yes, I'd like to see prices come down, everybody does. But I hope this never gets cracked and people stop stealing copies of Adobe software. Its wrong and its illegal.
  • Reply 4 of 19
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    People steal Photoshop? Don't you like need a serial number or something?
  • Reply 5 of 19
    aquaticaquatic Posts: 5,602member
    YES stealing good software is wrong. I feel bad even stealing M$ Mac stuff because the MBU makes less and looks bad and they make decent stuff, and could be even better with more resources.



    Stealing shareware from people like Ambrosia is like stealing from blind people.



    However stealing anything else from M$ or "stealing" QT Pro to make those damn ads go away is a public service I think...
  • Reply 6 of 19
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    The prices on software applications and suites have become simply ridiculous. A big hollywood film or A-list video game has at least the production budget of something like Office. But Hollywood and the gaming industry can manage to sell their wares in the $20-$120 range. Yeah PhotoShop an Office are big apps, but they change relatively little from version to version, and even the whole package is but a few hundred MB's, a number of lines of code, yes, but compared to products that cost similar amounts to produce they just cost way too much.
  • Reply 7 of 19
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    [quote]Originally posted by murbot:

    <strong>People steal Photoshop? Don't you like need a serial number or something?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Yes, but that's the easiest part- It's really simple to pirate stuff on the Mac.
  • Reply 8 of 19
    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    I pay for all my software, everything is licensed. I have no problems with this plan.



    Next topic.
  • Reply 9 of 19
    rodukroduk Posts: 706member
    [quote]Originally posted by Matsu:

    <strong>I hope somebody replaces Adobe soon then. This is ridiculous, I hope this scheme is accompanied by a major price drop into more realistic levels.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    You can always buy Photoshop Elements for a more realistic price. It's not as if Adobe are forcing you to buy all or nothing.



    [ 03-05-2003: Message edited by: RodUK ]</p>
  • Reply 10 of 19
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    [quote]Originally posted by Defiant:

    <strong>



    Yes, but that's the easiest part- It's really simple to pirate stuff on the Mac.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Hmmmm thought I had been here long enough for my sarcasm to be easier to detect. I even used the work "like" in there too.







    OK, I'll add the smiley next time. heh heh
  • Reply 11 of 19
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    I should also put one in... ahaha!! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />



    GOTCHA !!
  • Reply 12 of 19
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,261member
    Defiant =
  • Reply 13 of 19
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    [quote]Originally posted by murbot:

    <strong>Defiant = </strong><hr></blockquote>



    haha <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />



    PhotoShop is an awesome program, and what i normally go by is this...if i use it to make money i should have it licensed. PhotoShop i get from my work, or my mom's work...if i didn't, there is no way in hell i'd pay for it.



    EVERYTHING on my pc is pirated...even down to the OS



    on my mac though, i try not to pirate small company apps





    and last but not least i'll leave u with these words of wisdom...if u feel guilty cuz its a small company, pay, if u feel like its annoying to have to get around the security and its a big company...have u heard of carracho?



    *pirating is wrong
  • Reply 14 of 19
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I stopped being sexist 'cause bitches hate that shit.



    HAHAHAHAHA!!!



    Murbot, can I nominate you for best sig EVAR!!!
  • Reply 15 of 19
    xmogerxmoger Posts: 242member
    Well we have most of the piracy excuses so far
    • piracy victim is 'rich'

    • piracy victim is a 'big company'

    • I think the piracy victim is bad

    • I don't like the prices, so it's okay

    • I think the product is crap, yet valuable enough for me to steal

    Who's going to bring up
    • It's okay because I wouldn't buy it anyway

    • technically, copies of data cost the victim nothing

    • I am a superhero, I am beyond reproach

  • Reply 16 of 19
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    [quote]Originally posted by xmoger:

    <strong>Well we have most of the piracy excuses so far
    • piracy victim is 'rich'

    • piracy victim is a 'big company'

    • I think the piracy victim is bad

    • I don't like the prices, so it's okay

    • I think the product is crap, yet valuable enough for me to steal

    Who's going to bring up
    • It's okay because I wouldn't buy it anyway

    • technically, copies of data cost the victim nothing

    • I am a superhero, I am beyond reproach

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    these rn't good ones
    • technically, copies of data cost the victim nothing

    • I am a superhero, I am beyond reproach

    • I think the product is crap, yet valuable enough for me to steal

  • Reply 17 of 19
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    [quote]Originally posted by murbot:

    <strong>Defiant = </strong><hr></blockquote>



    alright, you got me. <img src="embarrassed.gif" border="0">



    swell guy you are.
  • Reply 18 of 19
    gizzmonicgizzmonic Posts: 511member
    Draconian anti-copyright infringement efforts will annoy legitimate customers without stopping piracy. Phone pools for "activation" will be expensive. Tech support will advise legitimate customers to find the "cracked" version (already happens with PC games).



    I used to have to call Final Draft every time I had to reinstall it, because it came with a 'key disk' floppy that didn't fit into my G4 Yikes very well.



    As this trend continues, lack of copy protection will become a popular feature, one that consumers will (ironically) be willing to pay for.



    Crowing about the morality of copying software is like attacking people for masturbating, or leaving the bathroom without washing their hands.
  • Reply 19 of 19
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    Adobe = Microsoft of the graphics industry.
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