Had an HDD go down and it was what I was running CS4 off of. I reached out today to get it set back up and learned that she's a legacy in the worst kind of way now. I'm assuming that there is no point to even trying to find a download file, or anything like that (if there is do let me know though) since the activation servers got put to sleep. Support told me to come here when I asked who I could talk to about paying to roll my license up to CS5 or CS6 so I'm going to guess that's not going to happen.
At this point I see that I have to bite the bullet and go to CC if I want to be able to do anything. I had a full suite (design premium) at my disposal and now I'm going to be sinking my whole work stipend into just one program for the year (yes it's very small) to get the projects that I have completed. I would need to get at least 2 programs, and I already can't justify the spend there, let alone the subscription to all apps. Is there anything that can fill the role of a few of the programs that I am used to working with (PS, AI, ID, AE, and a smidge of dreamweaver --- I know AE was not in my suite) or should I just give up on that? This may be a YMMV question, but is the $600 anually worth it? When I was working with CS4 at it's fullest capacity I was an art student and now I'm working a job I wouldn't be using it as much as I used to, so if I'm going to end up spending out of my own pocket I'd hope it's at least worth the price. I'm curious about the experience of other stragglers I suppose, as well.
TL;DR: I have a CS4 License but since that's defunct I'm not sure if I should try and find an exe somewhere (highly unlikely), spend work stipend on one program, pay for the whole shebang out of pocket to use the programs that I would need access to, or just stop altogether.
If this is the wrong place or the tags are wrong, I'm sorry - this whole situation gave me a headache 😞