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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

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.

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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

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.

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Both Adobe and Microsoft products for students have been hugely reduced!

So what products are included?

Microsoft Office 2013 is €29.99 (incl. VAT)* (which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and more)

And purchase is simple. Just click here and choose your product. There are some limitations, so be sure to check. This is a limited time offer, so tell everyone!

A number of Adobe products are also reduced:

  • Adobe Acrobat XI
  • Adobe CS6 Design Std
  • Adobe CS6 Master Collection
  • Adobe CS6 Production Suite
  • Adobe CS6 Dreamweaver
  • Adobe CS6 Flash
  • Adobe Lightroom 4
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10

 

*price for final year students, €89.97 (incl. VAT) is for all other students (still the lowest it has ever been!)

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Last May, Adobe launched Creative Cloud for individuals; however this licensing model was not suitable for larger teams, as the membership is tied to an individual, rather than an organisation. For example, you may have members of your design team signed up to Creative Cloud, but if they leave, their subscription could leave with them. Adobes newest offering “Creative Cloud for teams” is the solution to this problem.

What is it?

Adobe Creative Cloud for teams is an on-going membership that provides your organisation access the Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications, as well as:

– Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
– Adobe Acrobat XI software
– Adobe Muse
– Adobe Edge Tools & Services
– And more…

What does this mean?

As a member, you are entitled to download and use new features as they are released; you get the best tools straightaway. Membership also includes online services* for storage and file sharing, tools for collaboration for workgroups, and a new publishing service that will help your organisation stay innovative and competitive.

The benefits?

– Get the world’s best tools at a more affordable price
– Enable team collaboration in your organisation
– Publish apps and websites
– Stay up to date
– Simplified license management
– Gold support (direct from Adobe) (which covers 24/7 phone support, knowledge base, customer support protal and remote access with a 1hr target response time.

How is licensing simplified?

Adobe’s creative cloud is available through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP) which is the new membership-based volume licensing program. It makes is easier to manage, purchase and then assign permission to use Adobe software and services based on declared user ID numbers.

You will be provided with an administrator portal that allows you to see what’s been purchased and deployed and to whom – all within the same interface. Thus, the agreement administrator has full visibility over who is using the subscription and can re-assign an existing subscription to another user (allowed twice per sub per pear).

If you need additional subscriptions, just add them via your portal and get your designer to work straight away. You just need to place an order with Micromail within 30 days of assigning the new sub. Even better, membership also consolidates your seats and products into a single agreement and automatically prorates any additional seats you might add after the initial purchase to a fixed agreement end date.

Is Creative Cloud for teams ready for Education training environments?

At the moment it’s not an offering that can be used in student labs as access to the Cloud tools are tied into individual email addresses (as opposed to per PC). It just can’t be implemented yet, unfortunately. However Adobe will be addressing this issue.

This does not exclude Educational Institutes entirely however; an excellent educational rate of discount is still available which would suit researchers, technicians and other members of staff.

Micromail is an Adobe certified partner and are offering Creative Cloud for teams under the VIP program now

What to do now?

Review our product page here, get a quote or email us today.

Fionan.

Adobe Licensing Specialist

*Internet connection required. Syncing functionality requires a separate download and agreement to additional terms. Adobe online services, including the Adobe Creative Cloud service, are available only to users 13 and older and require agreement to additional terms and Adobe’s online privacy policy see (www.adobe.com/go/terms). The applications and online services are not available in all countries or languages, may require user registration, and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Additional fees or membership charges may apply.