Posted 09 January 2013 - 00:14
If your work is intensive with image manipulation, Photoshop CS2 may well prove inadequate, but if it's just a bit of cloning, healing and colour manipulation that is your lot, CS2 will suffice. As has been noted, CS2 is 32-bit, so RAM access is restricted, and CS2 Bridge will not open raw files of any recent cameras.
Adobe completely stuffed up the printing module in Photoshop CS3, and it took until CS6 to get things fully working properly again, but CS2 had a very reliable and simple printing interface and engine so if all the above is all that applies to you as far as image use goes, then it will be quite OK for use. If Adobe ever offer the same deal on CS3, however,avoid the Photoshop version like the plague.
Only InDesign and Audition interest me - I stopped using those programs as my limited need for it made upgrading not worthwhile for me - I have installed (but not yet used) an Open Source ID equivalent (Scribus 1.4.1) and Audition's equivalent (Audacity) so that might be sufficient, but I was used to InDesign and have many files saved that won't open in anything else, same with Audition. Downloading thoose now.
Thanks Elsa for the heads up.
Mac users tend to take the compatibility of their machines as being indicative of a universal situation. They forget that most of the desktop computing world still runs on Windows (and increasingly Linux), with compatibility and variety always having been a Windows strength, and Linux its free or sensibly cheap software. Mac has always, and still is, hampered by the lack of variety and compatibility of software, with "use Windows emulation" being a solution often proffered on forums, but with the irony of this apparently being completely missed through those rainbow-coloured Mac glasses. Pointing out that Windows machines do not have a "Mac OS emulator" facility available because there is no need for one is also a waste of time when shown to wearers of those glasses.
I wish I had just a small portion of Steve Jobs' charisma, I'd be a billionaire now. The dedication he fostered from his converts is indeed fascinating for someone now immune to have witnessed from the sidelines. As noted previously, I managed to extract myself from the cult in 1999. Recently I succumbed to a brief revisit and bought a "refurbished", but "current" iPod from the Apple shop. It turned out to be a previous model, with the current inbuilt camera's position simply indicated by a strip of black adhesive tape, and the absence of which was something that the advertisement completely failed to mention. If I was still in the cult I'd be excusing this at every opportunity, but next audio device I buy will be from Samsung or similar, at least I'll get what I ordered. Time had dulled the insidious nature of cult membership, I guess.