Adobe Requires Photoshop Activation

By Deane Barker on July 28, 2003

Adobe Tries Out DRM In Photoshop: They’re trying this out in Australia, but it’s destined for all copies of Photoshop. You can install one copy on two machines. In an interesting twist, you don’t “deactivate” it if you need to install it somewhere else…

“A time-based algorithm determines if the third install is acceptable, from Adobe’s perspective. Frequent installations will flag the server, requiring a phone call to allow the installation to proceed. However, Adobe’s tech support representatives have been encouraged to assume the user is a legitimate user, McManus said, and the reps can approve the process with a click of the mouse.”

This is overdue from Adobe’s perspective, because Photoshop is easily the most-pirated app in the world.