UPDATE on 02/11/2009 @ 2:45pm:
The Little Snitch method is not reliable. See this comment for a workaround.
A friend of mine recently got into photography. She went to Amazon, searched for the bestselling photography book, and purchased The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. After starting to read the book, she asked me if I had Adobe Photoshop CS4 for her Mac.
I personally haven’t used Photoshop in a long time, so I didn’t have version CS4 in hand. I suggested two other readily available alternatives. One was GIMP which is an open source image editing program. The other was Aviary Phoenix which is a browser based online image editing service. She said she just wanted to use Adobe Photoshop CS4 since the tutorials in her book were based on it.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 costs $639.99 to buy, however, one can easily get it for free via piracy. I decided to go the piracy route, and here’s how I did it.
I saw one at the top that says Adobe CS4 Master Collection which includes Photoshop. The description said the torrent download comes with a serial number. I read the comments and someone named brumarug suggested to install Little Snitch to prevent the software from phoning home and invalidating the serial number.
I used Little Snitch before, and I remember you had to pay to get the full version. I searched for a free altnernative to Little Snitch, but the results didn’t return any good alternatives. I didn’t want to pay for Little Snitch, so Mininova to the rescue again.
I did a search for Little Snitch on Mininova and chose the most popular one. Fortunately, I didn’t have to download the Little Snitch torrent since someone named cino posted the serial in the comments. I got the actual program instead by downloading the Little Snitch demo from the developers site. I used the serial number from the comments to unlock the full version.
The Adobe CS4 Master Collection took about 16 hours to download using Transmission. I only installed Photoshop and unchecked all the other programs it came with. When Photoshop tried to phone home, Little Snitch popped up, and I chose to deny any connection forever.
Everything seems to be working great. Now, she can move forward with her tutorials and photography.