UCL Information Services Division


Adobe licensing

Adobe Licensing has changed and is moving towards a subscription model in this page we will explain the differences.

Old licensing

UCL used to be able to purchase perpetual licenses for all Adobe products on the current version available. The current perpetual licence is CS6 and has been for at least a year. Adobe has no plans to upgrade this type of licensing to CS7 and CS6 will be stop being available on the 21 February 2015.

New Licensing

The New way of licensing Adobe, is by a yearly subscription model called Creative Cloud for Education. Which will give you access to the latest updates at no extra cost for the year.

You have two options when purchasing this license either by Device or Named-User licensing. 

  • A Named user licence will allow you to install the software on up to 2 devices for one named user only.
  • A Device licence is for one machine only but can be used by multiple users on that one machine. 

Products available for the new Creative cloud licensing are:

Creative Cloud Complete which includes

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Acrobat XI Pro, Muse, Audition, bridge, Edge, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, InCopy, Lightroom, Media Encoder, Preluide, SpeedGrade.

Individual Apps are:

Audition, Muse, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Edge Animate, Edge Inspect, Flash Pro, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Photoshop, Prelude, Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade


Where has CS6 gone?
How do I purchase Creative Cloud?
I see Adobe do CC for Student and Teachers which is cheaper. Can I purchase this to use on UCL machines?
Can I upgrade from CS6 to Creative Cloud (CC) in a years time?
What happens if I don't renew the CC licence after its first year?
Can I use the software I download from Creative Cloud on multiple computers?
How often will Adobe be adding new features to Creative Cloud?
Do my files need to be stored in the cloud?
Do I need ongoing Internet access to use my Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications?
Do the new Creative Cloud desktop apps support Mac OS X v10.6?
Can I licence my whole department at a reduced cost?
How do I get support issues fixed?
What will happen to Design Premium?