...me too. I was surprised to see that Adobe hadn't posted the trial versions of the newly-released CS3 applications yesterday -- the day they announced shipping. With previous versions (CS, CS2, Studio 8, etc) the CD that came in the box was basically the 30-day trial version, and the serial/activation number lifted the 30-day restriction.
Yesterday John Nack posted about CS3 shipping and made a mention to the trials being available "shortly", so I posted a comment asking John for clarification about when they might be posted and he was kind enough to respond:
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Heya John, could you please define "shortly" in terms of the release of the CS3 trial downloads? After looking on Adobe's site, all I could find was a blurb saying: "We expect trial versions of each of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 editions and component products to be available within six to eights weeks of the productâ€™s shipping." I'm hoping I'm missing something, as I'd love to start using trial editions while I wait for my boxed copy to arrive.
[I'm with you, Jon. I'm beating a drum about this right now. At worst it'll take another three weeks, but I'm trying to make it happen sooner. --J.]
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I'm a bit surprised that Adobe wouldn't just go ahead and post the downloads if they are indeed available. Can anyone answer if there are some legal or other reasons for waiting 6-8 (or even 3) weeks to post? I imagine this will have an even larger effect once the beta of Photoshop CS3 deactivates itself.
[Update #2 - They are now available for download!]