Big changes for Creative Suite Licensing [Adobe]

It used to be that you could upgrade your Adobe Creative Suite software from three versions back. So if you had Adobe CS2, you could get Adobe CS5 for the cost of an upgrade, which is a lot less than the full license.

This is going to change.

When Creative Suite 6 rolls out, only organizations with CS5 or higher will be eligible for upgrade pricing, all other versions will require new CS6 licenses.

If you’re organization has earlier versions of Creative Suite, there’s a way to save money and enjoy the benefits of having the most up-to-date version.

Right now Adobe and Softchoice are offering a discount on CS5.5 upgrades from versions as early as CS2 until December 31, 2011. Upgrading now will entitle your organization to upgrade pricing when Creative Suite 6 is released. It will save you 60% off the cost of buying new licenses in the future. [Read more…]

BES 5: Do you need to upgrade? [RIM]

If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade to BES 5 — the latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server — here are a few points to consider.

If you’re using BES 4, you can still manage devices with BlackBerry OS 5. So if you have a corporate standard around OS 5, you don’t need to upgrade at this point. But if you want to take advantage of new features in BlackBerry OS 6, you’ll need to upgrade to BES 5.

One of these features is Mobile Voice System (MVS), which unifies desk phone features with BlackBerry smartphones and Wi-Fi networks. Not only does this make users more reachable, it helps save money, since they can use Wi-Fi where available instead of always using their voice plan for phone calls. For this feature, which can be integrated with Avaya, Cisco, Mitel and AudioCodes equipment, you need to purchase a Client Access License (CAL). [Read more…]

Time to move to Acrobat X? [Adobe]

If you’ve been considering a move to Adobe Acrobat X, now might be a good time to review your options. As of Nov. 3, Adobe Acrobat 8 (which launched back in November 2006) is no longer being supported — not to mention, the latest version has a lot of cool features that can help your users share and collaborate.

No matter what kind of shop you are, Acrobat X allows users to open and view any PDF file regardless of which operating system you’re running, with support for a variety of content including drawings, videos, email messages and spreadsheets. That means your team can still collaborate, even if some are on Macs and others are on Windows-based PCs.

They can also create PDF documents from pretty much any application that prints, and even scan paper documents into PDFs with optical character recognition technology. And, for CAD users, Acrobat X allows them to interact with CAD designs and geospatial maps that have been converted to PDF documents. [Read more…]