Adobe Creative Cloud

Last Updated: 08/06/2018


Adobe Creative Cloud is only provided for university-owned computers. The university does not have a discounted price for students or personally-owned computers; you should go directly to Adobe’s Creative Cloud website to purchase your own software.

Adobe Creative Cloud Features

The Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) suite is a licensed subscription that is 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 subscription model, visit Adobe's Creative Cloud website.

*Please Note: Our current CC licensing arrangement requires payment using department funds (Speedtype) and thus excludes students or personally-owned computers.  Also, Device-Based licenses are currently only being provided for labs on the Boulder campus. 

There are two types of licenses: Named User or Device Based. See below for more information.

Software Included

The Creative Cloud suite includes Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Audition, Flash, Acrobat, After Effects, Animate, and Fireworks. It is possible to get a "single-app" license, for just one program, for about half the price of the full Creative Cloud.

Acrobat Pro is among the Adobe products included in the Creative Cloud suite. However, rather than getting a single-app CC license for Acrobat Pro alone, it is far more cost effective to purchase a perpetual "CLP" Acrobat license via the CU Marketplace. Learn more about Adobe Acrobat.

Named User licensing

  • The subscription is in an individual user’s name, who may install the CC software on up to two computers.
  • Must pay in advance for the months remaining in the current license year, which expires on June 29, 2019.
  • The subscription rate for a named user is about $19.85 per month for the full suite (or $8.55 per month for a single app). Because this rate changes throughout the year, contact OIT Site Licensing for current pricing.

To order a Named User CC license, contact with the following information:

  • First and Last name of the user
  • CU email address of the user
  • SpeedType to be charged

The CC license will allow the named user to activate the Adobe software on up to two computers: Mac, Windows, or mixed. OIT can later transfer the license to a different university user if needed.

Device Based licensing

  • Used for labs or other multi-user workstations.
  • The subscription rate is about $14.20 per month (or $7.40 for a single-app).
  • There is no concurrent licensing with Creative Cloud.

To order a Device Based CC license, contact with the following information: 

  • Device name of the workstation (see below)
  • Name of the person who administers the workstation
  • SpeedType to be charged

Device names

When requesting an Adobe CC Device Based license, the person with administrative access to the computer should set the device name, and report that name as part of the request. Do not guess at the name; make sure you provide the actual device name, otherwise the Adobe license for an unrecognized device name may be deactivated remotely by OIT.

Most computers come with no set name or get a temporary name from a local server. Set/change the name to something meaningful and recognizable, and then provide this device name when requesting a device based license.

Finding a Device Name in Windows:

  • Open Settings and go to System > About
  • In the About menu, the name of the computer is next to PC name
  • If necessary, change the computer’s name by pressing the Rename PC button. Restart the computer afterward.

Finding a Device Name in macOS:

A Mac can have three different names; ComputerName, the HostName, and the LocalHostName. Adobe only uses 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