Adobe posted a page about 35 minutes ago allowing consumers to submit a request for a free Photoshop CS4 serial number, and I’ve been able to successfully use it activate the trial version of the app. They supposedly have a press release that will be posted soon, but the rumor is that they are only providing free product keys to the first 25,000 people that request them. I submitted my request for a key and received the email about 2-minutes later.
The site Adobe currently has up doesn’t give any specifics as to why they are actually giving the software away to consumers, and doesn’t say anything about how they will verify that you’ll be using it for personal use. Heck, with how fast I got my key there has to be little to no verification done (maybe they’re making sure your email isn’t coming from a corporate domain). I used my Gmail account, and if I were you I’d use some generic account, too (Hotmail, Yahoo, etc…).
At this point I’m not quite sure what will happen if you try to use the serial number with the Creative Suite, but I’ll probably give it a whirl a little later. My guess is that it will only activate Photoshop though, and the other apps will still need to be activated.
You can download the trial version of Photoshop CS4 here, and you can register for your free product key here. Don’t get greedy and register for multiple serial numbers either, otherwise it might come back to bite you in the butt.