About 2002 or ‘03, I started digital audio editing with Cool Edit Pro, changed to Audition 1.0 when Adobe bought CEP, and faithfully upgraded through versions 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 until I retired five years ago. The other day I wanted to do a little audio editing for my grandkids so I tried to install 2.0 or 3.0 from archived executable programs, using original passwords and identification. Adobe no longer allows it! How can Adobe refuse to allow me to use something, however old, that I paid for? I can understand them no longer offering updates and discontinuing support for older versions like this, but how can a company unilaterally rescind a purchase?
Suppose you have a car that you haven’t driven for five years. It runs fine and you only need to go to the store. When you attempt to drive it, the manufacturer won’t let you. What’s the difference? Is there something in the pages of fine print, that we all agree to, that allows Adobe to do this? I also have old copies of Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. Is the legal clock ticking on my use of them as well?
The final insult came today from chat support who glibly advised me to just upgrade to Cloud Whatever. I don’t want or need anything newer, I don’t want to spend any more money, and if I do, why would Adobe think it would be with them? Why not use Audacity or something similar? After using Audition for about 15 years, I am very proficient with it. I am now 70 years old and do not want to learn a new software just to do a little simple editing. Besides, I am shocked about this and just stubborn enough to pursue it a little further. It just seems wrong.
Breif history: Audition 3's activation server was switched off many, many years ago, and for a long time Adobe had a place where you could download a copy of Audition 3 effectively for free, with a universal serial number that worked with it - original serial numbers not working any more, as you've discovered. Anyway, that was the get-around for ages.
Next thing that happened was last year. Upon advice from the Adobe legal suits, and for reasons that we're not allowed to discuss, pretty much all Adobe software available was restricted to being the current version, and its -1 version only. So, as it was several versions back, Audition 3 had to go. No ifs, no buts - that was it. All I can say is that if you can find a copy of that version anyware with its serial number, it will generally work fine on newer operating systems, but it's not a big fan of Windows 10. I can't tell you where to look, but Wayback when, somebody said it was still available...
Let's deal with the rest of it. You paid for a licence to install one copy of Audition on a machine, and that's all. You never owned it - unlike the car, that you did own - read the small print. As for using the Cloud versions - well you'll like that even less, as that's a rental model and you get a time-limited licence with it. But maybe that is the answer? If you only want to do a little bit of editing, then you don't have to rent it for too long, and it would only be a single app rate - so maybe it would be worth it? If you just want to do basic stuff, it really hasn't changed funsametally.
Finally - so you really don't want to spend any money. Well that's fair enough, but if everybody did that then there'd be no software at all, would there?
You were able to install older versions of the software only while the authentication server was working. Without that your serial numbers, however 'legitimate' you think they are, simply won't work. If you find Audition 3 somewhere, you'll need that copy, because it's the only one that will work with the universal serial number.
As for you resenting that I think you don't want to pay for something - well you said "I don’t want to spend any more money", not me. Adobe didn't change the rules about software availability; effectively it was the US Government and the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation that forced their hand. But that's not what caused all earlier software to be withdrawn though (well I don't think it is; I think that this is a liability issue although I'm not enquiring too deeply, because I couldn't discuss it anyway).
So do I think it's disingenuous? Not on Adobe's part, no. And if you crawl out from under a shell after goodness knows how long, expecting nothing to have changed, is that reasonable? I don't think so. The world moves on - so does software 'development', perhaps unfortunately, but whether you or I like it or not, that's what happens.
'If you crawl out from under your shell' is a figure of speech, and may better be expressed (somewhat more fancifully) as 'if one crawls out...' It is not a personal slight against you, even though you seem determined that it should be. Secondly, this is not a business communication. This is a U2U forum, and I am not representing, nor claiming to represent, Adobe in this matter - as should be quite apparent. You ask a question, if you're lucky you get an answer. But I am not required to be neutral in my expression of it, and it is very unlikely that I ever would be.
Perhaps you should have shown your legal friend the statement that Adobe makes at the beginning of all of its software 'about' notices; in the case of Audition 3 it says 'Copyright © 1992-2007 Adobe Systems Incorporated and its Licensors. All rights reserved.' Please note those last three words.
POUVEZ-VOUS ME PROCURER ABOBE AUDITIO 3.0 ??? JE SUIS PRET A VOUS LE PAYER ....
PROFESSEUR EN COMMUNICATION AUDIOVISUELLE ( UNIVERSITY ) ,J'AI EU UN CRACK TOTAL DE MON ORDINATEUR ET J'AI TOUT PERDU !!!!
MERCI POUR CE QUE VOUS POUVEZ FAIRE . Mes etudiants vous remercient egalement .
No - read the thread.