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Here’s How You Can Snag a $500 Discount on Adobe MAX 2015

January 29th, 2015 Leave a comment

The crowd erupts at Adobe MAX 2014 as Microsoft announces they’ll be giving every attendee a Surface Pro 3

 The crowd erupts at Adobe MAX 2014 when Microsoft gives every attendee a new Surface Pro 3.

Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, is lined up for October 3–7 this year in Los Angeles, California – and the company says that planning is already underway to make the 2015 MAX experience even better than last year…

Adobe has also quietly launched a free MAX pre-registration portal where you can guarantee a $500 discount from the regular price if you decide to go.

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4 Fantastic Free Books to Boost Creativity & Inspire Your Best Work

January 22nd, 2015 7 comments

Recently we put together a series of free books for Adobe software with over 20 different titles you can download on how to best use the different major products… These books have been trem­endously popular and well-received.

But since Adobe software is all about creating, for some time now we’ve been meaning to add another collection of free books simply about creativity – something that everyone in the world can use and benefit from… So finally, here is that set! You can legally download and use the four PDF e-books below to inspire your own creative process and help improve your work, no matter what you do in life. They are (in our view) all easy, enjoyable, and enriching reads.

Book #1: The Creative Aid Handbook (142 Pages)

Download "The Creative Aid Handbook" Free!

Co-creators Richard Tapp and Nicole Smith of Kooroo Kooroo rightly describe The Creative Aid Handbook as a outside-of-the-box resource to get your creative juices flowing: “We wrote, designed, and illustrated a book featuring unusual tips to nurture your creative well-being, boost your creative intellect and foster internal inspiration. Meant to serve as a mini-resource for your creative projects and food for your creative thoughts. We’ve included our own valuable refer­ences and resources we know and trust as a means to help you get your projects done. We want to give you the creative push from a direction you may not have thought of, be it informative, inspirational, or simply entertaining.”

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What’s the Difference Between Adobe CC for Teams vs. Individuals?

January 20th, 2015 2 comments

The Differences Between Different Types of Creative Cloud Membership: CC for Teams vs. Individuals

What are the differences between the types of Creative Cloud membership? This is a question we get a lot, so here’s a comparison guide on the major differences between Creative Cloud for Teams vs. CC for Individuals. In another article we already covered the all the differences between Creative Cloud Student & Teacher vs. regular.

Creative Cloud for Teams is Adobe’s volume licensing solution for studios, businesses, design shops, companies, agencies, offices, schools, and other organizations. It includes everything that CC for Individuals does but substantially more features and capabilities for managing and working with multiple users. It’s meant for groups with 2-150 seats using the products at the same time. For more than 150 users, Adobe recommends Creative Cloud for Enterprise.

The fastest way to get a sense of the biggest differences is to check out Adobe’s CC Plans-at-a-Glance (click to enlarge):

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ProDesignTools Greatest Hits: Our Best Adobe Articles & Tips Ever

January 13th, 2015 72 comments

With one year wrapped up and a new one just beginning, it seemed a great time to put together a comprehensive review of the best and most-shared posts published here since our site launched in 2009.

These are the top posts that consistently have the highest readership on our site, month after month, covering all major Adobe software products…  They’re broken out by topic below in case you’ve missed any, or are new here – so bookmark, share, and enjoy!

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Creative Cloud (CC)

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Why Not to Buy Adobe Software on eBay, Craigslist or Amazon Mkt

January 7th, 2015 168 comments

Some folks think it might be a good idea to try to save a few bucks and buy Adobe software off of eBay, Craigslist, Amazon Marketplace, or from any vendor who is unfamiliar.  It could be CS6, Photoshop, Lightroom, Acrobat, Elements, or any other item – in a retail, student, full or upgrade version… or sometimes it’s the “OEM” scam, or the “extra” volume/enterprise license swindle.

But it’s actually not a very good idea at all.  Why?

Why You Should Never Buy Adobe Software on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon Marketplace

The first problem is that Adobe does not recognize these venues as valid or authorized resellers, they are fully disregarded.  So as a result, Adobe will not officially recognize any of those buyers as actually owning their software. Yes, you read that right.

Meaning, you think you own the genuine article but effectively you don’t. You can’t provide an accepted proof of purchase – so you can’t formally prove you own the products, can’t ever legally transfer the software to someone else, may not be able to get product support or upgrade to the next version, and so on…  You also aren’t able to return the software to get your money back from Adobe like you normally can.

Why doesn’t Adobe recognize the people that go through those places? Doesn’t that seem unfair? Can’t these software vendors who you’ve never heard of be trusted?

No, because in this area, reputation matters… a lot.  The simple reason is – and the real problem is – that 90% of the software sold on places like eBay is counterfeit! Yes, it’s true. And it’s not a new problem.

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What’s the Difference Between Adobe Student Editions vs. Regular?

December 30th, 2014 674 comments

Get the Adobe Student & Teacher Editions Discount

The Adobe Student and Teacher Editions look like a great deal. They offer big discounts, as much as 70% off normal prices. They’re available for most of Adobe’s most popular products, including the Creative Cloud (CC), Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 5, Acrobat XI, and Elements 13.  They can be purchased by anyone who qualifies – primary, middle, and secondary school students, homeschoolers, college or university students, faculty, teachers, and administrators.  Even part-time students or teachers can be eligible, and there is no maximum age limitation. They’re available pretty much worldwide in many languages on both Windows and Mac OS, and you don’t need any kind of coupon or promotion code to get the deep discounts.

So what’s the catch? Is the Academic software different or limited somehow? Read more…

How to Exchange, Return, or Refund Adobe Software Products

December 22nd, 2014 7 comments

It’s the season for holiday deals – and so it also can be a season for order changes and returns… Although naturally, this can happen at any time of year.

Sometimes even despite using Adobe’s free trial downloads to try out the software before buying, customers may want to exchange something and get a different Adobe product instead – say swapping Lightroom for Photoshop, or returning an individual tool and getting the full CC 2014 suite instead (which includes 16 applications instead of one).

See Adobe's Complete Refund & Return Policy

So did you know that Adobe offers a full money-back guarantee on almost all current products? This includes Creative Cloud (CC), CS6, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Acrobat, and so on. This offer applies even after you’ve already opened the box or downloaded and installed the product – however, only software purchased directly from Adobe.com worldwide can take advantage of this refund policy (not resellers, retailers, or auction sites).

Yes, it’s true – you can simply contact Adobe within 30 days of your order (via live online chat is fast and convenient), and provided you follow the correct procedure they will take it back (after being uninstalled and deactivated from your computers, if applicable) and will then issue you a complete refund.

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Adobe: Creative Cloud Accelerates Past 3.4 Million Paid Members

December 15th, 2014 13 comments

Adobe Creative Cloud Growth Now Surpasses 3.4 Million Paid Subscribers (Shown Quarterly Since Launch)

Adobe’s Creative Cloud has been available for 2½ years now and continues to gain strong adoption in the marketplace, the latest published figures show.

Paid membership is accelerating – adding a record 644,000 new subscribers in the past quarter (almost 50,000 new customers per week) – which means that total subscribers have now passed 3.4 million since the CC product line replaced Creative Suite in June 2013.

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Adobe CC Prepaid Subscriptions: How to Buy a Year+ in Advance

December 9th, 2014 23 comments

See Adobe Creative Cloud New One-Year Prepaid Subscriptions

A lot of people have been asking for this, and now there is a solution for all customers worldwide…  Adobe’s recent CC 2014 release of creative desktop tools has been well-received, but some folks prefer not to have a monthly payment on their credit cards or would rather prepay for their Creative Cloud member­ships upfront, a year (or more) at a time. This used to be tricky, but fortun­ately there is now a very easy way to do it for all products available.

For each different Adobe subscription plan, you’ll now find a dropdown menu with a One-Year Prepaid option when buying or renewing your Creative Cloud subscription. These prepaid plans are offered in up to 84 countries and allows you to make a one-time charge in advance of each year, rather than a smaller amount each month… It solves the problem for those who may have difficulties with month-by-month recurring pay­ments, and it’s avail­able for all different types of memberships: Individual, Educa­tion, or Business; including upgrades from older software.

If you look at the various CC plans available, the new choice reads: “Annual plan, prepaid – One convenient payment with no monthly billing.”  So anyone can get this arrangement going forward, including for the popular $9.99 Photoshop/Photography Plan – and the total cost will be the same or less than the standard CC payment options:


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Adobe InDesign: Complete Guide to What’s New in All Versions, Ever

December 4th, 2014 9 comments

Here’s a very handy new resource out from James Wamser – a complete reference to all versions of Adobe InDesign ever released… It’s called the Adobe InDesign New Features Guide, 1.0 to CC (2014), and the 90-page ebook is available for free download now:

Download the Adobe InDesign New Features Guide

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