Derek, you are so honorable. BitTorrent abounds with copies for 'testing' purposes. Also, always keep a few friends in college... doesn't Adobe offer a student discount?
Let me get on my soapbox for a moment. I've been a software developer, for over 10 years, developing mapping and geology software. From my perspective, I find it very disheartening to read posts of this nature. I don't understand the philosophy of not purchasing software that you can and will use to produce a map product for profit. So many people *chuckle* and say I'm only using it for testing purposes, yet continue to use the software for years and years. I hope that people will consider the ramifications of software theft and how it does impact those who spend years developing those products? If you don't want to pay for a product, don't use it.
BEN: Yes, I know there is a temptation for a LOT of folks to bend the rules and/or "borrow" software. However, I have a hard time not paying Adobe or anyone else what they are due for their products and services...as much as I know I will essentially only be using AI as a program to "translate" maps into a format that our clients can better-understand.
If you want to "Stick it to The Man" though, there's always GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) or Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/).