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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.

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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.