Mary Donini

Adobe Sales and Licensing Specialist

Mary-BochiaroHi all, I’m Mary Donini. I’ve been with SHI since 2009, and currently serve as the Adobe Sales and Licensing Specialist in the Software Licensing Department at SHI. I work as one of the primary contacts for all Adobe-related inquiries and coordinate with the SHI sales teams to identify customer requirements and recommend the Adobe products that best meet user needs. On a more personal note, my hobbies include graphics, web design, and art.

Feel free to email me with any questions at Mary_Donini@shi.com.

Adobe bolsters mobile workforce capabilities with Acrobat DC

too-much-paperA recent study by IDC found that more than 80 percent of document work is still not digital, with documents being printed often, especially when signatures are required. For today’s increasingly mobile workforce, the need to print documents can hamper business productivity.

In a move that aims to eliminate the hardships of working with digital documents and the need for paper, Adobe is introducing new software that makes it easier to handle important documents in the office, at home, or on the road. Working with PDFs has never been easier.

Adobe Document Cloud (DC) is a new cloud-based management hub that organizations can employ to create, review, approve, store, sign, and track documents. Acrobat DC offers dozens of new features for managing and working in PDFs that allow workers to create and manage documents from anywhere — a new touch-screen interface, digital editing functionality, e-signature capabilities, and more. (more…)

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Adobe Creative CloudAdobe Creative Cloud burst onto the market in 2012 as an easy way for customers to keep Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other applications up to date and accessible from anywhere. Over the last few years, subscription-based licensing has been the focus for many manufacturers, and Adobe has become an industry leader with more than 3 million Creative Cloud subscribers. In that time, Creative Cloud has replaced other licensing options for certain customers, and it’s about to become the exclusive source for the Creative Suite updates across all market segments.

Education customers should take note: On Feb. 28, 2015, Adobe will no longer offer Creative Suite 6 (CS6) through the Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) or Transitional Licensing Program (TLP), with the expectation that customers will move to Creative Cloud.

CS6 was removed from commercial and government buying programs almost a year ago, compelling customers to purchase Adobe’s Creative Suite solely as an annual subscription through its Value Incentive Program (VIP). Adobe is now extending this change to education customers. Here’s what schools and universities need to know. (more…)

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Effective IT asset management hinges on flexibility and accuracy. Organizations that can quickly transfer software or hardware between users can keep up with changes in projects, responsibilities, and personnel. The introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud with subscription-based licensing simplified software deployment and the delivery of updates, but also left organizations confused regarding transfer rights.

I recently spoke with clients struggling to transfer or reassign Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions from one user to another via Adobe.com. After investigating, I discovered that in each instance the software subscription was licensed for an individual instead of a team.

While Creative Cloud for individuals is perfect for small shops or freelancers, Creative Cloud team licenses are the optimal choice for creative groups within larger organizations. Team licenses give management full access to an administrator console that allows them to add, transfer, or revoke licenses as needed.

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This was welcome news for IT — Creative Cloud for teams will usher in more predictable budgets and on-the-fly updates — but designers and photographers, who might use only one of the 14 available applications, were out of luck. They’d have to subscribe to all the applications to get access to the one they use. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. In order to fix this disparity, on Aug. 15, Adobe will release single apps under its Creative Cloud VIP program to allow users to subscribe to only the programs they’ll use.

Single apps give users access to the individual CC apps without annual subscriptions to the entire suite of applications in Creative Cloud for teams. Each single app costs $360 a year, which includes 20GB of online storage, instantaneous software updates and upgrades, and a customized online portfolio with Behance ProSite. If you’re only in need of one CC application, here’s what you need to know about single apps: (more…)

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