On May 2013, Adobe announced that there would be no new versions of the Creative Suite products, as they transition toward a Creative Cloud (CC) subscription model. The change will allow for subscribers to receive automatic and continuous feature updates from Adobe, rather than new versions every year or two. For general information on this new subscription model, visit Adobe's Creative Cloud website.
Please refer to the following FAQs to understand how this change will impact CU-Boulder's campus. If your questions are not addressed by this FAQ, please contact Bruce Fast at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-492-8995.
Subscribing to the Creative Cloud can currently be done in these ways:
For personal computers -- those purchased with personal funds -- individual Creative Cloud subscriptions are available to anyone at rates of about $20-$30 per month for the full suite of Adobe products. Refer to Adobe's FAQs for more information on personal subscriptions and current promotional rates. However, faculty/staff should consider a VIP Named-User license, described below.
For institutional computers -- those purchased with university funds -- volume-discounted rates are available via the "Value Incentive Plan" (VIP) in one of two ways.
Our VIP subscription rates are roughly $19 per month for a named-user license and $14 per month for a device license. For users who need only a single program, e.g., Photoshop or InDesign, a "single-app" license is available at about half the rate of a complete license.
After June 2016, VIP volume license rates may be adjusted in light of actual subscription numbers.
For Acrobat Pro, permanent licenses can still be purchased without a Creative Cloud subscription, through Insight or through the CU M@rketplace (vendors GovConnection and CDW), for about $80. The differences between the new April 2015 version, Acrobat Pro DC 2015, and the previous version, Acrobat Pro 11, are enumerated at https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/pricing/pricing-compare-versions.html.
For other Adobe products, Creative Cloud subscriptions can be purchased directly from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/ or through a campus VIP, contacting Bruce Fast at email@example.com. In either case, it is possible to purchase a subscription for a single app, such as PhotoShop, for about half the price of the full suite.
There will be no future CS versions, that is, no CS7. The CS product line is frozen at CS6, and it is not possible to purchase new CS licenses. Acrobat Pro is not included in this category; it is still possible to get a permanent Acrobat license.
There is still a CLP Level 3 discount for Acrobat Pro licenses, but not for other Adobe products.
No, maintenance for CS6 does not transition into Creative Cloud.
No, Adobe is discontinuing the model of permanent licenses with maintenance/upgrade fees. Instead, everything is available by Creative Cloud subscription, which involves continuous automatic upgrades.
To join the campus' central VIP, send your request to Bruce Fast at firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the kind of license, and the Speedtype to which the subscription fee should be charged.
Rates will vary slightly from month to month to Adobe's promotional pricing, but are approximately:
For named-user licenses, please provide the name and email address (colorado.edu) of the user.
Alternatively, if you wish to administer a separate VIP for your department, request a quote from Insight (800.269.2523).
You can keep using your current Creative Suite software indefinitely. You can activate your Adobe software on a new computer if you first deactivate it on your old computer. New Creative Cloud apps will be backward-compatible with CS6 for at least 5 years (June 2018).
Concurrency is still available for CS6, and only in labs or classrooms, not to individual or virtual workstations, and a software management system must be in place to meter usage. But there are no current plans to provide concurrent licensing with Creative Cloud. In particular, VIP licensing is on a per-device basis, and not concurrent.
A web search may find other possible alternatives for Adobe apps for you.
Permanent licenses for Creative Suites or individual products could be purchased at volume discount (CLP) rates through e-Academy or GovConnection or Insight. Maintenance could also be purchased so that the user would be entitled to new versions of the suit/product without having to pay full price again.
Permanent licenses for Acrobat Pro continue to be available for purchase through GovConnection, CDW, and Insight, at CLP rates, now for about $80.
Note that Acrobat Pro is included in Creative Cloud subscriptions, so CC subscribers don't have to purchase an Acrobat license separately, unless they let the CC subscription lapse.
Yes, these changes to Adobe licensing are affecting all of Adobe's customers, including other Higher-Ed institutions. OIT has voiced concerns directly to Adobe about how this new licensing model will impact budgets and teaching and learning using Adobe applications.