Adobe Creative Cloud

Last Updated: 03/08/2019


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. 

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.

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 2018-2019 subscription rate for a named user is $19.85 per month for the full CC suite. For a single-app license (such as Photoshop-only) the rate is $8.51 per month. Adobe Captivate is available for $11.04 per month.

To order a Named User CC license, paying with SpeedType (institutional purchase), use the OIT software order form.

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 $15.85 per month. Single-app device licenses are no longer available.
  • There is no concurrent licensing with Creative Cloud.

To order a Device Based CC license, paying with SpeedType (institutional purchase), use the OIT software order form.

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 the Control Panel for System and Security or System
  • View the Computer Name, which serves as the device name
  • Change the Computer Name, if needed, by clicking on Change Settings

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