5 Reasons to Consider Adobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat DC

5 Important Reasons to Consider Adobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat DC

If it’s been a while since you upgraded your Adobe software, you’re missing out on some serious benefits for your business. This year, Adobe released two major game-changers; Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and Acrobat DC. Both come with an impressive line up of new features and cloud capabilities, not just enhancing productivity, but also completely transforming everyday work tasks.

Our team has chosen their five compelling reasons to upgrade now:

1. Creative Cloud is the new norm for software distribution from Adobe

While Adobe has decided that Acrobat, Lightroom and Elements will continue to be offered as stand-alone versions, moving forward, the only way to buy all other Adobe software will be through Creative Cloud. If you’re still on Adobe CS 6 or older, and holding out for CS 7, a word-of-advice: don’t.

2. The economics of Creative Cloud work to your advantage

We’ve spoken at length about the pros and cons of Adobe subscriptions. While some see this as a way for Adobe to squeeze customers, many see it as a smart move, and frankly, a downright bargain. The regular price is $840 per user, however, if you are migrating from previous versions of Creative Suite 3 through 6, you can upgrade for only $480.

The most apples-to-apples comparison would be between clients who’ve purchased Creative Suite Master Collection with active maintenance and renewed annually:

Adobe Creative Cloud Licensing Matrix

From an IT, procurement and accounting perspective, monthly subscriptions are a no-brainer – they make things a lot easier, more efficient and cheaper.

3. Subscriptions mean 100% compliance – and less risk

This isn’t just about renting software. With Adobe moving to a 100% subscription model for Adobe Creative Cloud, the implications for your software license management is significant. With Creative Cloud subscriptions, you also reduce the risk of software piracy within your organization.

4. Collaboration in the cloud will change how your team works

Clearly, cloud integration will be enhanced between all of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications, allowing designers to explore, create, publish and share work more easily than ever before. A cloud-based clipboard will make doing work on any device seamless, moving assets from one device to another with ease. Collaboration also gets a boost thanks to Adobe’s integration with Behance a site that allows creatives to show off their work and solicit feedback.

Adobe acknowledges that this (and some other public cloud features) won’t be appropriate for government, education and other customers, so it’s creating SKUs and versions of Creative Cloud to meet their specific needs.

5. CS6 is no longer available for purchase

As of March 2015, CS6 is no longer available for purchase whether you are a commercial, government, or an education client. Adobe will continue to support and offer security updates and patches for now, but for how much longer is unclear.

If you have questions about this change, you can view the official Adobe CS6 policy change FAQ or contact your Softchoice Account Manager directly.

Move to Creative Cloud and Save

To learn more, schedule a call with one of our Adobe licensing experts, contact your Account Manager, or email the Adobe Team. We’ll work with you to understand your existing Adobe licenses, and then make cost-saving recommendations.

Adobe Announces Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe Announces Creative Cloud 2015

On June 15, 2015 Adobe announced the release of Creative Cloud 2015. This is the third major update to Creative Cloud since Adobe made its entrance to cloud-based subscription in December 2012. Here are some of the new features you can expect.

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5 Ways Adobe’s Bold Move with Creative Cloud Impacts Your Organization [UPDATED]

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**Updated July2014: Adobe Releases Creative Cloud 2014**

**Updated March 21st, 2014: Important changes to CS6 have been announced**

In December 2012, Adobe introduced Creative Cloud for Teams – its first foray into cloud-based subscription to license its creative suite of products.

This week Adobe announced it’s done with boxed software and is betting big on SaaS – and a future entirely in the cloud. Moving forward, Creative Suite and Creative Cloud for Teams will be known simply as Creative Cloud.

If you’ve invested in any previous version of Creative Suite, you’ll need to understand how Adobe’s Creative Cloud model affects licensing and support moving forward.

While it’s early days and we’re still gathering the facts and reactions (check back here regularly for updates), here are the top 5 points our team has already identified that will impact on your organization.
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