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 $240-$360 per year 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.
For those who join a CU VIP subscription before 30 June 2015, the cost will be approximately $273/yr for a named-user license and $165/yr for a device license. Those who join a VIP after June 2015 may have to pay higher rates. After June 2016, all CU's VIP volume license rates will be re-evaluated in light of actual subscription numbers.
Permanent licenses for some CS6 products, including Acrobat Pro, can still be purchased from GovConnection and CDW via the CU M@rketplace, as of May 2014.
It is possible to get Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for a single application, more cheaply than getting the full suite, whether purchased directly from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com/ or through a VIP.
Adobe announced on 6 May 2013 that there will be no future CS versions, that is, no CS7. The CS product line will be frozen at CS6; however, computers with a permanant license installed will continue to work indefinitely.
Adobe Acrobat Pro will continue to be upgraded on its own.
Yes, the CLP for Boulder campus has been renewed for another term, through June 2015.
This means that permanent licenses for certain CS6 products can still be purchased at favorable CLP Level 3 rates, through GovConnection, CDW, or Insight. This includes the CS6 Suites, and the individual apps Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Captivate, Presenter, and Lightroom.
Because the new Creative Cloud is not perpetually-licensed software, it cannot be purchased against the CLP.
No, maintenance for CS6 does not transition into Creative Cloud.
No, Adobe is discontinuing this service, except for Acrobat Pro licenses.
To join the campus' central VIP, and get immediate access to the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, send your request to Bruce Fast at email@example.com with (1) the Speedtype to which the subscription fee should be charged and (2) the name and email address (colorado.edu) of the user. The rate is $273/yr but the initial charge will be pro-rated to fit our VIP's "anniversary date" of 29 June 2015, at which time you will have the option of renewing for another year.
Alternatively, if you wish to administer a separate VIP for your department, request a quote from Insight (800.269.2523) or directly through Adobe account manager Bradley Buchanan (970.568.8738, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Device licenses, for computers with multiple users, are projected to become available through OIT in October.
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.
Like last year, permanent licenses for Acrobat Pro continue to be available for purchase through GovConnection and through Insight, at CLP rates.
Note that Acrobat Pro is included in all Creative Suites and in Creative Cloud subscriptions, and doesn't have to be purchased separately.
Yes, this change to Adobe licensing is 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.