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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

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.

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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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.

Aside from the host of new features in CS6, what has been the other big development for IT administrators? Without a doubt it’s been the new changes to Creative Suite product activations.

Adobe announced a radical overhaul of their activation process for volume licensing customers with CS6. CS4 & CS5 activated in the background as soon as the software detected an internet connection; so no action was required. CS6, however, requires active registration online or the product will stop working.

Where this has caused problems is in the realm of Enterprise Deployment; those attempting to deploy an image over a network have come across serious activation issues.

Fortunately Adobe offers a free Enterprise Deployment Toolkit (AAMEE) to resolve this problem; it’s effective and easy to use.

You can download this tool here, Adobe have also included a video guide to deployment.

Adobe have announced the long awaited CS6, due to ship on May 7th; and with major changes to upgrade options on the way now is a great time to consider moving up to CS6.

Initial Launch Offer:

Firstly, you can buy CS5/CS5.5 now and get a free upgrade to CS6, up until May 7th; essentially get CS6 at CS5.5 prices!

CS6 Upgrade Policy:

If you have a Suite from one version back (in this case, from CS5 or CS5.5 since CS5.5 was a point release) you will qualify for upgrade pricing to a CS6 suite. Owners of individual CS5 or CS5.5 products also qualify for upgrade pricing to the same product, but can no longer upgrade to a Suite.

Under Adobe’s new policy, any version earlier than CS5 will not be eligible for upgrade pricing. However, Adobe are making a special offer to owners of CS3 and CS4 individual products and suite editions that will give them a temporary upgrade path to CS6 until December 31, 2012. After this date, only customers on CS5 or CS5.5 will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.

Recommendations for CS4 and CS3 Users:

If you have CS4 then it is highly recommended that you upgrade now to CS5 and receive a free CS6 upgrade; if you wait until after May 7th you will be upgrading from CS4 to CS6 (two versions back) at a higher cost. Upgrading now could save you hundreds of Euro!

For CS3 users- upgrade before the end of the year or you will be paying full price from 2013 on! For CS2 users, you only have until May 7th to upgrade!

Adobe Upgrade Matrix:

You own one of the following suite editions Upgrade to
Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium, Design   Standard, Web Premium, Production Premium, or Master Collection Any Creative Suite 6
Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Design   Standard, Web Premium, Production Premium, or Master Collection Any Creative Suite 6
Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium, or Master Collection (special offer expires December 31, 2012) Any Creative Suite 6
Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium, or Master Collection (special offer expires December 31, 2012) Any Creative Suite 6

So any questions?

by Fionán Ó Cinnéide
Licensing Specialist

Some good news from Adobe; they have decided to push back their changes to the Upgrade Policy announced before Christmas; so for the rest of 2012 customers WILL be able to upgrade from CS3 & CS4.  The following is from Adobe’s upgrade page:

“To ensure customers have the opportunity to evaluate CS6, Adobe will extend an introductory offer to CS3 and CS4 customers for special upgrade pricing on CS6 until December 31, 2012. This will give CS3 and CS4 customers an upgrade path to CS6. Customers who remain on CS2 or earlier will not be eligible for upgrade pricing for CS6.”

Adobe have announced that CS6 will be launched in the first half of 2012 so all CS2 users should consider upgrading now while they are still within upgrade eligibility. There’s also a 15% upgrade promotion to CS5.5 running until March so there’s never been a better time to upgrade.

by Fionán Ó Cinnéide – Adobe Licensing Specialist