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Adobe licensing

Adobe licensing is now a subscription model and on this page we will explain how it works.

Adobe licensing

The way of licensing Adobe, is by a yearly subscription model called Creative Cloud for Enterprise. Which will give you access to the latest updates throughout your annual subscription.

The new option when purchasing this license is Named-User licensing. 

  • A Named user licence will allow the named user to install the software on up to 2 devices as long as they you are primary user of both machines and that they are not used concurrently.

Creative Cloud Suite which includes

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Acrobat DC Pro, Muse, Audition, bridge, Edge, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, InCopy, Lightroom, Media Encoder, Prelude, SpeedGrade and more...


Where has CS6 gone?

Adobe CS6 products are no longer available to purchase. Only Adobe CC complete suite or single app (s) can now be purchased, these are either a named user license.

Further information about Adobe CC licensing

How do I purchase Creative Cloud?

Please Search for the product within the Software database for the cost and details about the different options for licensing.

I see Adobe do CC for Student and Teachers which is cheaper. Can I purchase this to use on UCL machines?

No this licence is for home use and not to be used on UCL machines.

Can I upgrade from CS6 to Creative Cloud (CC) in a years time?

No you will need to purchase CC from scratch at the education price.

What happens if I don't renew the CC licence after its first year?

You will lose access to the software

Can I use the software I download from Creative Cloud on multiple computers?

Yes, you can install and activate Creative Cloud desktop applications on two computers, regardless of operating system, for the individual associated with the Creative Cloud membership

How often will Adobe be adding new features to Creative Cloud?

Adobe plans to add new applications, features, and updates to Creative Cloud on an ongoing basis. As these features become available, notifications are sent to users through their activity stream in the Creative Cloud desktop app.

Do my files need to be stored in the cloud?

No. Your files remain on your local hard drive, there is no off storage with creative cloud for Education.

Do I need ongoing Internet access to use my Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications?

No. Your Creative Cloud desktop applications (such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) are installed directly on your computer, so you won't need an ongoing Internet connection to use them on a daily basis.

An Internet connection is required the first time you install and license your desktop apps, but you can use the apps in offline mode with a valid software license. The desktop apps will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days.

For annual members, you can use the apps for up to 99 days in offline mode.

How do I get support issues fixed?

For access to the Creative cloud please contact the Purchasing team for all other queries please see Creative Cloud Getting Started.

What will happen to Design Premium?

Design Premium CS6 is no longer available and the only option you have is Adobe Creative cloud suite or individual apps.

I have renewed my licence but Adobe still tells me it is expiring?

If this happens please open up an Adobe application on your desktop and log out of the application, using these instructions Creative Cloud Help.