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Yes, I pirated it and I'm proud of it! 710.14%
Yes, I pirated it, but only because it's so overpriced! 2130.43%
I did, but don't now! 1927.54%
No, I don't even take hotel toiletries! 2231.88%
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07-19-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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Photoshop Paid for or Pirated?

I've been dying to ask... So, please be honest or don't participate as the accuracy of the poll depends on it... But, uh a lot of folks here running Photoshop...

So, fess up... Did you buy it, or steal it?

I'll start... I've run pirated CS2 briefly in the past. I chose to rid myself of it and now use OpenSource/Free software rather than pirating PS.

What say you?


07-19-2009, 10:52 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by X Man Quote
I'll start... I've run pirated CS2 briefly in the past. I chose to rid myself of it and now use OpenSource/Free software rather than pirating PS.
The same here.
07-19-2009, 11:42 PM   #3

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Adobe is well aware of the number of pirated copies of PS out there.

PS6: got that with my first (personal) computer (thanks Gateway!)
PS7: pirated
PSCS2: pirated
PSCS3: paid for (my brothers student discount)
Lightroom: Paid for (same as above)
I currently run Nik software's 'Complete Collection' in Lightroom (also paid for)

I rarely use PS anymore.
07-20-2009, 12:43 AM   #4
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Actually, no pirates for me.
Have always had PS (starting with 7, then CS2, then CS3) by virtue of my graphic designer Mrs. demanding it for her work at home.

Though I don't have the network to be able to source out a pirated copy anyway

07-20-2009, 05:11 AM   #5
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QuoteOriginally posted by X Man Quote

I'll start... I've run pirated CS2 briefly in the past. I chose to rid myself of it and now use OpenSource/Free software rather than pirating PS.
Same story here. Although I stopped back in the days of Photoshop 4.
07-20-2009, 05:19 AM   #6
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I didn't answer in the poll because I DO take hotel toiletries. I paid for those!! I run CS4 design premium as I use InDesign rather extensively for design work and Illustrator to a lesser degree. And yes I paid for it. But I did cheat a bit and used one of my kids' school IDs to get the educational version. However, to feel good about myself I have used them to help with school projects on occassion so technically I'm not TOTALLY cheating.
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I did pay but like those before me, I cheated and used my brothers educational discount to purchase the Design Standard Suite. I had a "borrowed" copy of PS7 from work along with Illustrator and QuarkXpress for a while but my Dell died and I went Mac at home. Oh, and I answered "no" in the survey but I do take the toiletries that I use while staying at a hotel, the ones I don't, I leave!
07-20-2009, 05:48 AM   #8
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Mine is pirated. I can justify it by saying that I only use it for recreational use. If I was a pro I would buy it.

07-20-2009, 06:06 AM   #9
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I've paid for - or received with hardware - several copies of Elements, both PC and Mac.

I did get a pirated copy of CS3, which I don't use extensively. As it turns out this probably doesn't matter, as if/when I spring for a full upgrade to the current version, the Elements counts...
07-20-2009, 06:07 AM   #10
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no pirated copies for me, although I do take the toiletries...

The hotels want you to take them. That way when you use them at home you remember your visit. Its a marketing tactic.
07-20-2009, 06:23 AM   #11
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I drive a 20+ year old car that I paid for, but I am thinking about stealing a new Porsche because the bastards charge too much for them.
07-20-2009, 06:36 AM   #12
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Photoshop is paid for, but I do have some hotel towels around the house.
07-20-2009, 06:44 AM   #13

QuoteOriginally posted by X Man Quote
I've run pirated CS2 briefly in the past. I chose to rid myself of it and now use OpenSource/Free software rather than pirating PS.
My situation resambles this a bit. Though I'm not sure if I've ever used PS really, but my PP software years ago was Paint Shop Pro and it wasn't quite kosher. Nowadays I don't use either a pirated PS, a bought PS or free software but ended up paying for a cheap alternative (PhotoLine in this case).
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I've used pirated copies of PS until I switched to Linux. Even though versions 7 to CS 2 work here flawlessly, I just prefer the Gimp nowadays.
07-20-2009, 08:20 AM   #15

Mine is paid for but we are part of the Adobe Partners Network so it's steeply discounted for the premium collection.

I use Indesign and PS heavily in my field. And we have to keep up with our clients so we always have the latest versions.

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