I want to make a suggestion, it might be profitable for Adobe. (IDK where to post it, but like a feedback)
Copy of what I posted here https://forums.adobe.com/message/10555191
(Idk where to post this since I kinda tried to find where I can suggest such a thing for multiple platforms)
1st of all, big fan of illustrator, and quite loved it when I used it for arts that captivated even my teachers
Examples of what I did on my free time:
Vector Artwork - Group 57 CyberCap by thunder-of-light on DeviantArt (made 2 head-shots per day, and I am the only one with colored eyes)
Ben Franklin taking a selfie by thunder-of-light on DeviantArt
Take note I really, REALLY hate piracy (I am the supportive type), but I also dislike that some things I can't even afford or even access (no internet at my place, so monthly payments are out of the question for the time being).
- I want to actually buy a legit copy of Adobe series, one it gives me joy of support to the creators, and I don't feel down when using them.
I got little to no money, but I wanted to save up for such programs.
I do not trust E-Bay, Amazon, and the sort, bad experience of buying illegal copies at first, had to report them but got no money back. Never bought once since then.
Anyhow to the main point of my suggestion:
Selling older products at lower price based on their version on your website. In a way it's a form of anti-piracy, it does encourage people to actually buy a less risky platform, and even add some level of support, not only to adobe but most people's self confidence.
I would love to at least see your starting programs, might be relics, but they did start your business. (I do keep some relics games at my place, even an old Pokemon yellow cartridge, due to fond memories).
Reason why it is important to me, is that I studied with Illustrator, Photoshop, and even Flash, yet while trying to experience the "Free" variety (such as inkscape)... it doesn't really give the same shortcuts for work.
Vasily Hall commented
The problem is, the old apps work on old computers, ones which are no longer manufactured or supported.
Have you checked out Affinity software? For your needs and constraints this may be the viable option.
Thunder Nova commented
oh yea, forgot to edit the links for the deviantart images for the examples (can;t seem to edit my post... hmm)
Group 57 -> https://www.deviantart.com/thunder-of-light/art/Vector-Artwork-Group-57-CyberCap-509770546
Ben Frank -> https://www.deviantart.com/thunder-of-light/art/Ben-Franklin-taking-a-selfie-510560501