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Adobe scraps Creative Suite software licenses in favor of cloud subscriptions

Jackie Dove | May 7, 2013
In a move that should surprise no one, Adobe announced sweeping changes to its Creative Suite software line and year-old Creative Cloud subscription service. Signaling a new focus on integrating creative services in the cloud with its professional desktop software, Adobe launched a new cloud-based Creative Suite--with a new CC moniker, for Creative Cloud. But it will look familiar. Significant upgrades to all current Creative Suite 6 apps are coming soon, but they will be available only by subscription to Creative Cloud, not traditional software licenses.

Just because it's called Creative Cloud does not mean that it operates from the cloud. With a subscription, users download the software to their desktops and install and use it the same way they would an electronic download or boxed purchase.

The deal

Creative Cloud costs $50 per month for individuals based on an annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 through CS5.5 get the first year of Creative Cloud at a discounted $30 per month--the same rate as for students and teachers. Promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users, who can sign up for Creative Cloud for $20 a month for the first year. For single-app subscriptions, users can sign up for $10 per month for the first year.

For teams, the Creative Cloud subscription for $70 per month per seat includes everything individual members receive plus 100GB of storage and centralized deployment and administration capabilities. Existing customers with a volume license of CS3 or later get the first year for teams at a discount of $40 per month per seat if they sign up before the end of August. Single application membership plans for Photoshop CC, are available for $20 per month.

Adobe is ready to accommodate customers who may want to use Adobe's cloud services, but are prohibited for various reasons--mainly government, educational, and enterprise customers who have security or workflow issues. "Along with

launching all the new products we are also introducing a set of new buying programs for those types of customers. It allows government agencies, large enterprises, and educational institutions to get their hands on all of this new stuff, all the new tools in a ways that's appropriate for them," Morris says.

More details about Adobe's Creative Cloud for enterprise and special licensing programs for educational institutions and government are available on Adobe's site.


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