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If it sounds too good to be true.....

Watch out what you buy on Ebay. Not that anyone needs to hear this again but once again, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I bought Adobe PhotoShop CS for Windows so I could put ti on Deb's laptop. Got a really good price on it. It arrived yesterday. Installed just fine except...Even with all the sellers assurances to Ebay that this is a legal copy:


It installs without asking for the Serial Number. There is a serial number included but this does not match the serial number you see when you pull up the About PhotoShop screen.

And the big Kicker? It's the Middle Easern Version of the Software. Not the Western/English version. All the Read Me files are in Arabic. I could live with this. But the one thing I wanted the program for on her computer is the ability to put together Web Photo Galleries. She is working as a leasing agent for a realtor right now. She routinely takes digital photos of her properties and wanted to be bale to put them on the web for clients to see. The Slide Show part of PhotoShop relies on Exif values that you can modify from the file menu so the slideshow would then show a Photo Title and description for each picture. This does work in the Middle Eastern Version of PhotoShop CS but it translates whatever you type into Arabic. Not really helpful unless you have a bunch of clients who speak Arabic. Not helpfull at all to non-Arabic speakers. So, I complained to the seller before I go leave negative feedabck. Next step is to complain to Ebay I suppose. Since I paid with PayPal, I suppose I could get my money back too. Hmmmm.

Anyone need the Middle Eastern Version of PhotoShop CS?



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Nov. 23rd, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Ouch that sucks! How much did you pay for it?

I downloaded Photoshop CS2 off Limewire, and found a serial number online in a forum, and have been happily using it. Maybe that's what you should do?
Dec. 8th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
I could have easliy pirated it but I was setting up a computer for someone else and didn't want to start them out with illegal software. I was hoping the person was just selling a used piece of software cheap. But alas.

By the way, this one of the comments that filtered in over a week late.

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