Photoshop: Confused about activation and registration requirements

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Question from my friend, "Why did you ask how I managed to run Photoshop?"

Long story long...

Because I decided it was time to learn a new piece of software in aid of keeping one's brain together. Haven't had a copy of Photoshop in, maybe, 10 years? Saw a copy of CS5 on sale at Office Max for about $150 and thought I could manage that. Ordered it, and then discovered that it was the ed version, (something Office Max forgot to mention loudly). Did more investigating and discovered that Adobe requires ACTIVATION and registration. They require that the PC you use be "always on" broadband so they can check if you're using the "right" PC. The full price is about $600 - cheapest. I even called Adobe and asked them if they didn't have some kind of deal for a retired 73 year old teacher who still had her certificate..."Oh", said the nice young man, "retired from a university?" "Nope, just a local school district." "I'm sorry, but no." I will never buy another piece of Adobe software, other than using Adobe Reader which is, I think, necessary. If I discover another piece of freeware that does the same thing as AR, I'll trash that. What a bunch of wienies! Did manage to turn off the order at Office Max. Was still smokin' when I asked you how you managed to run it, if you do. The older versions won't run on Windows 7, even as legacy, the newer versions require a leash to the company. Jeez!

Long story *very* long...
Downloaded the current version of Gimp which is a challenge just to install, let alone use. Good exercise.
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