Adobe Creative Cloud

Last Updated: 04/10/2018

Adobe Creative Cloud

For Adobe products including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and others, licensing comes in the form of a Creative Cloud (CC) license subscription that 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 subscription model, visit Adobe's Creative Cloud website.

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, through the CU Marketplace.  Learn more about Adobe Acrobat.

Named-user licensing

The user pays in advance for the months remaining in the current license year, which expires on 29 June 2018. Through CU's "Value Incentive Plan" (VIP) the subscription rate for a named user is about $19.85 per month for the full suite, $8.55 per month for a single app.

To order a Named-User CC license, contact sitelic@colorado.edu with the following information; First/Last name of the user, CU email address of the user, and the 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. The license can later be transferred to a different user if needed.

Device-based licensing

For a lab or other multi-user workstation one can instead purchase a "device-based" license, for about $14.20 per month ($7.40 for single-app). (There is no concurrent licensing with Creative Cloud.)

For this license, the computer's administrator must first set its "device name". (Details are given below.) Then send the following to sitelic@colorado.edu; the device name of the workstation, the name of the person who administers the workstation, and the Speedtype to be charged.

Device names

When requesting an Adobe CC device-based license, the person with administrative access to the computer should be sure that the device name is set, and report that name as part of the request. Don't 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 System Control Panel
  • Click on Change or Change Settings
  • Set the desired hostname, then (if necessary) reboot

Finding a Device Name in Mac OS X:

A Mac can actually have 3 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