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Adobe Select – New Licensing Options from Adobe

Adobe today have launched a major update to their VIP (Cloud) licensing program for Commercial & Government customers – and it’s good news for customers already on the Cloud or contemplating joining. These new licensing options, dubbed Adobe Select, offer great value and budget predictability. Furthermore, they bring structured discounts within the scope of a regular Cloud user.

Changes in discount structure

This is the main update that will interest & affect Adobe users. Previously Adobe Cloud programs had discount bands, but they were unrealistically high. An order for 50+ seats was required to access any additional discount from Adobe! This was completely out of the scope of most Irish Creative Cloud customers. The new reduced discount bands offer a great opportunity for savings – an order of 10+ seats of either Creative Cloud or individual Apps (like Photoshop) provides access to an additional 5% discount, possibly rising to 10%.

The old and new bands:

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10+ seats opens a new Adobe Select Agreement, or converts your current agreement to Select

Current Customers

What of companies who already have an Adobe VIP Cloud agreement in place with over 10 seats? Well, good news. Once you reach your Adobe ‘lookback’ period (31 days before VIP Agreement anniversary) you will be automatically upgraded to the level which you qualify for – and can then avail of the new rate of discount for renewals and new licenses.

3 Year Extended Term

Further good news – Adobe Select customers (10+ seats) will now also be able to lock down their pricing for three years. Once an order is placed, contact Micromail and request a 3-year commit – this will allow you to pay annually for three years, with price protection in place. Even better, Adobe will offer an additional 10-15% discount for committing to the three years.

Don’t have the necessary 10+ seats currently, but interested in securing Adobe Select pricing? It’s possible to commit to a 10+ seat purchase so you can avail of the additional extra discount immediately – simply contact Micromail for further details.

Fionán Ó’Cinnéide is seen here with his award for winning the Adobe Education Salesperson of the Quarter for Q4 2014 in the UK and Ireland. Fionán has clocked up more than 7 years experience guiding customers from all sectors through the various Adobe licensing programs. Currently, with Adobe’s ongoing transition to an annual subscription model, he is busy working with 3rd level institutions on how best they prepare for the termination of perpetual licensing.

Congratulations Fionán, well deserved.

By Stephen Foley, General Manager.

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Adobe have announced that CS6 & perpetual licensing will be removed as an option for educational institutes at the end of February.

What will this mean for educational users who have not yet moved to the Creative Cloud? Well, essentially it’s a significant change from once off payment to an annual cost. While this may not be entirely palatable, there are a number of great advantages:

  • Annual budget predictability  – stable reoccurring costs rather than large unpredictable payments.
  • New version cover included – always have access to the latest feature releases of the software.
  • Huge range of new products & services to access compared to traditional CS.

 

Further good news is that there are migration paths in place for institutes with previous Adobe agreements; and two particular offers will run until the end of March:

  • 25% off Year One & Two subscriptions if ordering 25+ seats
  • 40% off Year One & Two subscriptions if ordering 40+ seats

 

We will be covering all this in extra detail on the 25th of February – join us for a free webinar to discuss CS6 end of life, and the great benefits of the Creative Cloud for educational institutes & charities.

When: Wednesday 25th of February @ 11AM – 45 min session
Where: Online

Register Now

Regards,

Fionán Ó Cinnéide

Adobe have just announced that CS6 perpetual software will no longer be available via volume licensing to educational users from the 28th of February on. This isn’t surprising, given that CS6 hasn’t been available to purchase in the commercial & government sphere for quite some time. However this will have an impact on institutes still relying on CS6.

So what options are available from March on?

The only purchase offer available under volume licensing will be Creative Cloud for Teams subscription – so this means a 12-month access to the latest version of Adobe’s Creative products, CC 2014. Not ready to switch to CC 2014? Well – good news – the Creative Cloud subscription also offers access to CS6; so you can install CS6 instead, or even install both CS6 & CC 2014, and run them side by side. So CS6 isn’t going away, and will still be readily available, but only via an annual subscription. CS6 itself is now over two years old, so the switch to CC 2014 is recommended, to avail of the latest Creative toolsets from Adobe.

In the meantime, CS6 perpetual licenses will still be available to purchase until the 28th of February, so you have over a month to consider your options and requirements.

Finally, we are expecting some attractive promotions from Adobe to ease the transition from perpetual to subscription – more to follow.

Regards,

Fionán Ó Cinnéide

Adobe announce a new version release – Join Micromail & Adobe to see it in action.

Adobe today announced the launch of the latest release of their Creative tools- Creative Cloud 2014. This new version release offers new products, and a host of great new updates to your favourite applications.

Come and join Micromail & Adobe in Dublin on the 15th of July, as Adobe product specialists demonstrate the latest exciting features of the new release – Register Now.

Here’s a brief highlights list of the new features:

  • Photoshop CC- blur gallery motion effects, focus mask, advanced content aware facilities & perspective warp.
  • Illustrator CC- live shapes.
  • InDesign CC- EPUB fixed layout and added editing features.
  • Muse CC- now a native 64bit application.
  • Premiere Pro & After Effects- Live Text Templates, Masking and Tracking
  • Dreamweaver CC- Element Quick View

And the exciting new products:

  • Adobe Sketch- free form sketching for the iPad
  • Adobe Line- precision drawing & drafting for the iPad
  • Adobe Photoshop Mix- basic Photoshop features for the iPad
  • Lightroom mobile for iPhone

The best way to see all these new features in action is to join Micromail & Adobe in Dublin on the 18th of July; two Adobe product specialists will be providing a detailed overview, and showing off the latest application updates.

Register Now.

Hope to see you there, Fionán

Effective June 1st, CS6 will no longer be available under TLP & CLP Licensing programs.

Why are Adobe taking this action?

CS6 is over 24 months old, and hasn’t been updated since its release. In the meantime, the new CC release has seen over 500 new feature improvements & additions since its release last May.

Adobe will only develop future new releases for subscription customers – so now is a good time to consider transitioning to Creative Cloud for teams.

Firstly, there is the chance to avail of Adobe’s 40% year one discount offer, valid until the end of May; once that is combined with Adobe’s other promo – the year 2 price lock, it’s a saving of 40% over two years. An attractive offer, considering the full product set and host of new features.

So what exactly is included in the Cloud offering?

For starters, to see what’s new in Creative Cloud for teams, click here.

Then, of course, there are the products: Creative Cloud for teams includes Adobe Master Collection Suite, plus Adobe Muse, Edge, Lightroom 4 & Acrobat XI.

A similar range to CS6, but with many new updates, and some exciting, innovative new applications like Adobe Edge & Muse.

But it’s in services & support that the real value of the Cloud kicks in:

Services:

  • 100 GB of cloud-based storage per user with complete plan
  • Online services for file sharing, collaboration, and publishing apps and websites
  • Showcase and discover creative work with Behance
  • Access to over a thousand font families —– all organized, searchable, and easy to add to your projects
  • Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition gives users the ability to produce interactive documents through the App Store

Support:

  • Free getting started support
  • One-on-one ‘‘how to’’ support sessions with Adobe product experts twice annually with the purchase of complete plan
  • Access to an ever-growing library of training videos and easy to use learning content

And of course, further advantages include the annualised payment offers predicable budgeting options, and the admin portal, allowing for easy licence deployment & management.

Contact Micromail today to get started.

Adobe Education

Adobe Educational customers will continue to be able to access CS6 under CLP programs. However, the same applies – CS6 won’t be updated in future, so a move to CC subscription is advisable.

The good news is that from May on, the CC release will be available on a per device basis- so educational labs can now access the CC release and the individual applications.

Any customers, with an Adobe agreement in place, can avail of the top level of discount (tier 4).

Creative Cloud vs Creative Cloud for teams.

For businesses, Government Departments, charities, and educational institutes Creative Cloud for teams is the only option:

The individual offering is licensed to the individual only- so can’t be transferred to anyone else; therefore it’s wholly unsuitable to a business or educational environment.

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams vs individuals

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams vs individuals

 

Regards, Fionán.

CESI 2014 Conference took place in Galway on the 28th Feb/1st March. Founded in 1973, CESI or Computers in Education Society of Ireland, has strived to deliver information and understanding to teachers on how best to use technology in the classroom. It has been a forum ‘organised by practitioners for practitioners…’, hosted on their busy website, as well as the usual social media and of course the annual conference. The conference offers a chance to meet those people you have spoken with throughout the year, as well as a chance to meet vendors and see what’s new on the market.

On the road to TeachMeet

Having been offered the chance to present on the Saturday, I drove up Friday afternoon in order to attend the TeachMeet event that evening. TeachMeet is a more informal event where presenters are given 2, 5 or 7 minutes to present something they believe would be of interest to the (largely primary/secondary school teacher) audience. They were encouraged to do so without PowerPoint, a big departure for those familiar with such events!

Highlights included Mary Linehan’s (@linehanbm) presentation on using MineCraft in the history classroom. She demonstrated how the development of your character in MineCraft closely resembles the development of society through the ages, from agrarian societies through the iron-age and into the industrial revolution. A really interesting presentation, and no PowerPoint!

Another standout presentation saw Bianca Ní Ghrógáin (@groganbee) demonstrate how she turned her pupils into piano keys. How? Well, by electrocuting them by the look of it!! All questions to @groganbee on the actual methods involved. This demonstration saw @groganbee trending higher for a time than the Eurovision qualifiers. The interest in the presentations saw the running times extend slightly. No one was in a rush to finish up and the TeachMeet ran into the early hours. Of course I retired at a reasonable hour, in order to be prepared for my own presentation the next morning!

Onward to GMIT for CESI proper

The next morning saw the venue move from the Clayton Hotel to the main GMIT campus and after a welcome address and keynotes, the breakout sessions began. Tom Lonergan, National Co-ordinator of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (Formerly NCTE) gave an impassioned speech about the use of wireless networks in schools, as well as touching on the BYOD phenomenon. Tom was anxious to warn schools to shop around when contracting for a wireless infrastructure contractor, as well as stressing the need for a substantial support contract.

Other memorable breakouts were ‘An Introduction to the Raspberry Pi’ by Jake Byrne, ‘Open Education Resources, Portals and Communities, Supporting Innovation in Education’ by Neil O’Sullivan and a number based on the options around bringing CoderDojo into your classroom.

Microsoft Licensing In Education

I took the stage shortly after 12:30 to run through my presentation on licensing software in schools, with a specific look at the Microsoft and Adobe options. After running over the basics of software licensing, I discussed the potential benefits of certain agreement types over others. I also touched on the new Student Advantage benefit for schools with an annualised agreement which includes Microsoft Office. This benefit offers the school’s students the opportunity to deploy Office 365 Pro Plus on up to 5 of their personal devices.

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Adobe for Schools

I also ran through the basics of Adobe licensing for schools, as well as highlighting such free resources as the Adobe Apps for Education and Adobe for Academics. Both of these resources offer training tools and forums for educators.

Adobe Apps for Education

The presentation was well received (I hope!), with a number of follow up questions from teachers about their specific site requirements. If you would like to discuss the topics covered, or indeed run through the presentation itself, feel free to drop me a line directly at sean@micromail.ie. Looking forward to CESI 2015 already!

Regards, Seán

When Adobe announced their move to subscription licensing this time last year, one of the first questions many people asked was ‘Will I have access to new versions on release?’. And Adobe’s answer was ‘The version you have access to (CC) will always be the most recent’.

By this, Adobe were stressing the point that with the new subscription model users would be granted immediate access to updates on releases. This is a change from the previous model where updates were released in ‘batches’ as CS ‘point releases’ – so CS5.5 included updates to most of the individual applications that had been included in CS5. However CS5.5 would necessitate a new purchase, there was no free-of-charge upgrade for CS5 users. For CC subscribers the updates will simply become available as they trickle out, no waiting until all applications have been updated. This point demonstrates well the fact that while CC is the latest version, it is not ‘CS7’, because there will only ever be CC and it will always be the most recent version!

So what prompted this blog entry? Well, the fact that we have just seen the release of the slew of these updates – as per Adobe:

‘Updates are now available for Flash Pro CC, Edge Code CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Speedgrade CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, and Story Plus CC. Flash Pro CC adds support for HTML Canvas enabling the direct creation of HTML5/CSS3 content within Flash Pro without the need to use the CreateJS extension. Edge Code CC adds support for live browser connections enabling instant testing and debugging of code. Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Speedgrade CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC, and Story Plus CC all receive numerous performance and usability updates to enhance the overall video workflow.’

So CS4, CS5, and CS6 users if you are considering upgrading, and want to understand the options around Adobe licensing and how to have the latest version on tap, feel free to drop me a line @ sean@micromail.ie.

Regards, Seán.

Adobe Creative Cloud
With the major announcement of Creative Cloud at Adobe Max there has also been a degree of confusion around what is and what isn’t on available from Adobe. A closer examination of the offerings can sort the fact from the fiction.

Fact – Adobe is moving from a perpetual model to a subscription offering. Future product releases (including a major CC update in June) will only be available to customer under subscription.

Fact – CS6 will still be available to purchase for those who don’t wish to transition to the subscription offering.

Fact – With an Adobe subscription you’ll have access to the latest releases from Adobe, as soon as Adobe release them.

Fact – You can purchase Creative Cloud for teams from an Adobe Partner, not just from Adobe directly; contact us today for a competitive quote.

Fiction – Creative Cloud means I’ll be streaming the software and need to be always online. This is the biggest misnomer surrounding Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering. The software is installed locally on your computer (downloaded as it was before) and only requires internet activation every 30 days. Basically it’s exactly like your previous versions of Adobe except that now you have the option to access Cloud tools & services. The big change to remember is that Adobe are moving from perpetual purchasing to subscription; the delivery of the software isn’t changing.

Fiction – Perpetual purchasing has been removed. Not so. While Adobe are moving rapidly towards subscription, you will still be able to purchase CS6 perpetually.

Fiction – Only Creative Cloud customers will receive updates. Not entirely true; Educational customers with an EEA Agreement or Commercial/Government customers with an ETLA in place can also access new version releases. The key is to have an active subscription offering in place.

Fiction – You need to run the latest version of the software constantly. This is not the case; you can chose when to install updates, not have them forced on your by Adobe.

Hope this clears up some of the confusion for you, if not feel free to contact us for more information – Micromail is a certified Adobe partner.

Fionán Ó Cinnéide

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe unveils the future of Creativity with their new release Creative Cloud (CC)

In a significant announcement today, Adobe launched the new release of Adobe CC (Creative Cloud) a major new set of creative tools. In a first, this new product release will only be available via the Creative Cloud for teams offering. There will be significant updates to Cloud applications including:

  • Photoshop CC
  • InDesign CC
  • Premiere Pro CC
  • And much more

What does this mean?

Adobe are shifting their business to the Cloud subscription model; new releases will now only be made available via Creative Cloud for teams. So if you are interested in staying in touch with the latest releases it is highly recommended to explore Creative Cloud for teams as an option for you.

Great Value Promos

There’s never been a better time to migrate to the Cloud – for previous Adobe users you can upgrade to the Cloud now and get up to 50% discount on year one subscription.

Implications for CS6

For those who prefer not to subscribe, CS6 will still be available to purchase; however no new features will be offered in future.

Opinion

A significant shift in product positioning both for consumers (you) and resellers (us).

Micromail are Adobe Certified Platinum Education Resellers  so don’t hesitate to contact us today to discuss your options.