Adobe gives Creative Cloud for enterprise the VIP treatment. Here’s what it means for you.

whats newAdobe’s Creative Cloud for enterprise suite can now be licensed through a Value Incentive Plan (VIP) Agreement. Translation: Organizations are no longer required to license Creative Cloud for enterprise solely through an Enterprise Term License Agreement.

Creative Cloud for enterprise gives users some of the industry’s most powerful creative apps across desktops and mobile devices. This suite allows users to share assets across apps and teams, accelerate the design process, and manage the enterprise to work securely.

You might be asking yourself, “Does this affect me?” Let us explain what this option means and how you can capitalize on Adobe’s latest subscription licensing option. Continue Reading…

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Adobe VIP subscription and tier licensing changes: Here’s everything you need to know

changes-aheadOn March 5, Adobe issued changes to the VIP subscription and tier licensing of Creative Cloud and Acrobat DC products for commercial and government customers (including the GSA). Generally speaking, customers are likely to see a shift of their VIP Tier stacking, which will likely result in better pricing for most Adobe customers. That’s because organizations will likely be releveled to a higher discount tier; however, some customers in Tier 1 may see a slight uptick in pricing.

This story has a few different layers, and in this post, we’ll peel them back, explaining the changes customers will experience, and detailing purchasing options for annual or extended subscriptions. Continue Reading…

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What’s new in Creative Cloud 2015? New ways to collaborate

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015Collaboration could be Adobe Creative Cloud’s middle name: New enhancements to the powerful suite of applications give designers new ways to work together and cooperate on projects, and a new stock image collection can accelerate the workflow of designers who spend much of their day in Adobe’s photo-editing tools.

Today Adobe announced the release of Creative Cloud 2015, which not only opens up new avenues for collaboration, but delivers “a frictionless creative process” across all devices. Included in this update are new enhancements and features for Adobe’s 15 desktop apps, as well as new mobile apps for iPhone and Android. Plus, the new Adobe Stock program gives designers access to 40 million stock photos and graphics. Because Adobe is making its software more mobile-friendly, Creative Cloud 2015’s launch should prove to be a huge productivity gain for all businesses. Continue Reading…

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What education customers must know about Adobe’s licensing changes

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. Continue Reading…

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Adobe takes a big step toward Creative Cloud. Here’s everything CS6 customers need to know

Adobe Creative CloudDespite some early misperceptions about how Adobe Creative Cloud‘s subscription model would work, customers have signed up in droves. Some 1.8 million users now subscribe to Creative Cloud, enjoying instant updates and a predictable annual spend. Now a recent announcement could drive further adoption. At the end of May, Adobe will stop offering Creative Suite 6 (CS6) suites and products to commercial and government customers via the transactional licensing program (TLP) and cumulative licensing program (CLP).

If you’re still using CS6 under a TLP or CLP license, you probably have questions about this announcement. Here are some answers:

Why is Adobe phasing out CS6?

This move isn’t exactly surprising, after Adobe removed Upgrade Plan for its Creative products in December 2012, and announced in May 2013 that no new versions would be made available via perpetual licensing — Creative Cloud was the direction for the future.

CS6 is nearly two years old, and there have been more than 500 updates to the products since then. By making the Creative Suite available only through Creative Cloud, Adobe further simplifies its purchasing options and ensures it can deliver feature updates to customers as soon as they’re available. Continue Reading…

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Adobe Creative Cloud: team versus individual licenses

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.

Team licenses are available under the Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP) program, an evergreen program that doesn’t require a minimum purchase. Customers receive one agreement number upon purchasing, and anything acquired throughout the year is co-termed with a single anniversary date. This allows for greater budget predictability, ensures compliance, and fosters collaboration among workgroups without sacrificing immediate access to the latest and greatest Adobe technology updates. Continue Reading…

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Adobe Creative Cloud single apps: Here’s everything you need to know

Adobe shook up its creative suite — and its business model — when it announced it would no longer issue updates to its Creative Suite and move full steam ahead with Creative Cloud (CC) for teams, the subscription-based, cloud-delivered package of Creative Suite (CS) applications.

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: Continue Reading…

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Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions: What IT needs to know

Wave goodbye to the Adobe Creative Suite. On Monday at its MAX conference, Adobe announced that it’ll abandon updates to perpetual licensing for CS and push all its chips behind its Creative Cloud applications.

Creative Cloud, introduced last year, delivers all the applications from Creative Suite, eliminating the shrink wrap and box, and replacing perpetual licenses with a subscription-based model. Here’s everything you need to know about Creative Cloud, what the change means for you, and what you can do about it.

What the shift to Creative Cloud means for customers Continue Reading…

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