For Adobe Acrobat Pro (for working with PDF files) users can purchase a permanent license through the CU Marketplace. For most other Adobe products licensing comes in the form of a Creative Cloud (CC) license subscription which must be renewed annually.
The CC subscription model allows 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.
If the information below regarding obtaining Adobe licensing for your CU computer leaves you with unanswered questions, please contact Bruce Fast at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-492-8995.
Acrobat Pro is a product still available for "standard CLP perpetual licensing", apart from the Creative Cloud subscription program. CU M@rketplace vendors GovConnection and CDW-G both offer the license for about $80, which covers both of a user's two computers. Insight Public Sector is also an approved CLP Reseller.
Other Adobe products available for standard CLP perpetual licensing include: Captivate, Contribute, Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, Presenter.
For institutional computers purchased with university funds, volume-discounted rates are available via CU's "Value Incentive Plan" (VIP) in one of two ways:
For Creative Cloud Device-based licenses, the license identifier is the computer's device name.
When requesting an Adobe CC device-based license, the person who administers the computer -- the one who actually installs and activates new software -- should be sure that the device name is set, and report that name as part of the request. Please don't guess at the name; make sure you provide the actual device name because the Adobe license for an unrecognized device name will be deactivated remotely by OIT.
Most computers come with no set name, or something related to a serial number or IP address. You can set and change the name to something meaningful and recognizable. Then provide this hostname when requesting a device-based license.
A Mac can actually have 3 different names, called the ComputerName, the HostName, and the LocalHostName. Adobe only uses the 2nd of these, the HostName. Open a Terminal window and type these commands to see the workstation's current hostname, and to set a new one:
scutil --get HostName
sudo scutil --set HostName newhostname
The Creative Cloud Suite includes Acrobat Pro, After Effects, Audition, Bridge CC, Scout, Dreamweaver, Edge, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, InCopy, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Media Encoder, Muse, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Prelude, and SpeedGrade.
Single-app CC licenses are available (at about half the price of the full suite) for After Effects, Animate, Audition, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Muse, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
There is no concurrent licensing with Creative Cloud. In particular, VIP licensing is on a per-device basis, and is not concurrent.
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No; Acrobat Pro is included in Creative Cloud subscriptions, so CC subscribers don't have to purchase an Acrobat license separately. However, when the CC subscription lapses, Acrobat Pro also expires.
On the other hand, purchasing an Acrobat Pro license separately, through CU M@rketplace, gives permanent licensing, independent of any CC subscription.