The Adobe Creative Cloud is the new licensing program from Adobe that allows individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations to have access to their industry leading software at an incredibly low cost of entry. For example, instead of buying a license of Adobe Design Standard CS6 (includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat X Pro, Bridge, and Media Encoder) for $480, non-profits can now buy a license of Creative Cloud for Teams for the same price. The Creative Cloud for Teams license includes access to not only those programs found in the Design Standard suite, but all the programs in the Adobe Master Collection, plus Creative Cloud exclusives like Adobe Muse. On top of that, any future program updates will be made available exclusively to Creative Cloud subscribers.
So what’s the catch??
To be completely honest, the Creative Cloud licensing program is not going to be a perfect match for every individual or organization out there. If you have a team that always makes use of the latest software innovations, definitely go for the Creative Cloud. If you have a team that often collaborates with many other teams and you want to avoid compatibility issues, go for the Creative Cloud. On the other hand, if you’re operating with a tight budget and tend to be fine with running slightly outdated software, go ahead and invest in Creative Suite 6. Unlike the Creative Cloud, the CS6 packages are perpetual licenses that you pay once for and can use as long as you would like. There is no expiration or future upgrades. A few years down the road, when you want to upgrade, you will have to go with the Creative Cloud licensing.
In the end, it really comes down to how your organization plans to use the software and how much room you have in your budget to invest in this software. If you have any questions at, feel free to search our forum for answers or simply give us a call at 800-433-6326. Want to email a question? Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.