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How Many Computers Can You Install or Run Adobe Software On?

February 11th, 2016 733 comments

This is one of the most common questions we get, and the answer may pleasantly surprise you…  The place to look to find the answer is the Software License Agreement, also called the terms of use or EULA. This agreement governs the use of your Adobe product, and is translated into 28 languages within each document. It also covers some basics about product activation.

See the Adobe End-User License Agreements (EULAs)

So, in general, how many systems can you install Adobe software on, including the Creative Cloud (CC) and CS6?  The answer for individuals (as opposed to businesses) in most cases is two.  The catch is that both computers must be used only by you and the two systems cannot be used at the same time. This policy was designed so that you could run Creative Cloud (or Creative Suite) at home on your desktop PC, as well as while traveling with your laptop or tablet PC. But the types of computers and their usage has blurred so much now that you can just pick any two you own and the product should install and properly activate on both…

For example, here is the key text from the EULA for Photoshop CS6:

2.1.3 Portable or Home Computer Use. Subject to the important restrictions set forth in Section 2.1.4 [having to do with volume licensees], the primary user of the Computer on which the Software is installed … may install a second copy of the Software for his or her exclusive use on either a port­able Computer or a Computer located at his or her home, provided that the Software on the port­able or home Computer is not used at the same time as the Software on the primary Computer.

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How to Use Photoshop to Create a Time-Lapse Video from Photos

February 2nd, 2016 10 comments

Time-lapse photography videos never go out of style…  Here is one of our all-time favorites from Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd – incredibly beautiful and perfect for the clear, dark nights of the season (watch full-screen):

Prior to the extensive video editing tools first introduced in CS6, Photoshop wasn’t normally known for its video capabilities – but in fact it’s always been possible to take a series of still photo­graphs (manipulated as desired) and then quickly create your own timelapse video using Photoshop Extended

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Complete Reference Guides and eBook Manuals for All Adobe Tools

January 12th, 2016 21 comments

Even years after it went up, a lot of people still don’t know about it.

We’re talking about the free online documentation for all Adobe software – a set of user manuals that can answer quite a few customer questions, and also be a great resource if you don’t use a product yet but want to find out more about it…

Read or Download the Free Adobe Photoshop Manual (PDF, 900+ Pages)

This exists in searchable and downloadable form for all major Adobe applications, including the Creative Cloud, Creative Suite, Lightroom, Acrobat, Photoshop Elements, etc. – for all recent releases on both Windows and Mac OS.

For example, every so often we receive a question on how to save back to earlier versions from InDesign CC or CS6… Fortunately, this is answered in the “Saving Documents” section in InDesign’s online manual. (And for all the cases like these, we also put together a special roadmap for CC file compatibility.)

Related: Do you believe any of these? The 10 Most Common Myths About Creative Cloud

Each Adobe reference below can be downloaded as a complete offline ebook if you want (more about this below)… These books are substantial – the latest “Photoshop Help & Tutorials” hand­book is over 900 pages alone!

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How to Exchange, Return, or Refund Adobe Software Products

December 22nd, 2015 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 2017 suite instead (which includes 20 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), Acrobat, Lightroom, Captivate, Photoshop Elements, and so on. This offer applies even after you’ve already opened the box/disc 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 either 14 or 30 days of your order (depending on what you bought) – via live online chat is usually fast and convenient. Then, provided you follow the correct procedure, they will take it back (after being uninstalled and deactivated from your computers, if applicable) and issue you a complete refund.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 Direct Download Links, Premiere too

September 25th, 2015 64 comments

Direct Download Links for Adobe Elements 14 - Get It Now

[UPDATE (October 2017) – These still work to download the old Elements 14 trials. We also now have the new Elements 2018 Direct Download Links!]

In keeping with our tradition of publishing the direct download links for major Adobe products such as Creative Cloud, CS6, Lightroom 6/CC, and Acrobat DC, below you’ll find the direct links from Adobe’s servers for the free trials and full offline installers for the new releases of Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14, for both Windows and Mac OS.

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Adobe Captivate 9 Direct Download Links: Free Trials with no Akamai

August 20th, 2015 52 comments

Download the New Adobe Captivate 9 Free Trial Now

[UPDATE (April 2017) – These still work to download the older Captivate 9 trials. We also now have the all-new Captivate 2017 Direct Download Links!]

Adobe just announced the launch and immediate availability of Captivate 9, a major desktop upgrade to the industry-leading eLearning and mLearning authoring software. In addition, the company is introducing a brand new LMS (Learning Management System) called Captivate Prime, which runs in the cloud and integrates directly with Captivate 9 and other authoring programs. Finally, there’s a free new mobile app you can use to create e-learning storyboards on-the-go entitled Captivate Draft, currently available for iPad.

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All Adobe CC 2015 Updates: The Direct Download Links for Windows

July 17th, 2015 504 comments

Download New Adobe CC 2015 Now! (Try or Buy)

Important! On this page you’ll find all the updates to CC 2015 (on Windows), since its initial launch in June 2015.  If you need to install the full products themselves, then please see our CC 2015 download links first.  For Mac updates instead, see here.

One of the main benefits of the Adobe CC 2015 release is receiving an ongoing stream of product updates at no extra cost… No longer do we have to wait 1-2 years for our tools to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest and greatest features and enhance­ments as soon as they are ready.

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All Adobe CC 2015 Updates: The Direct Download Links for Mac OS

July 17th, 2015 198 comments

Download New Adobe CC 2015 Now! (Try or Buy)

Important! On this page you’ll find all the updates to CC 2015 (on Mac), since its initial launch in June 2015.  If you need to install the full products themselves, then please see our CC 2015 download links first.  For Windows updates instead, see here.

One of the main benefits of the Adobe CC 2015 release is receiving an ongoing stream of product updates at no extra cost… No longer do we have to wait 1-2 years for our tools to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we get the latest and greatest features and enhance­ments as soon as they are ready.

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Adobe CC 2015 Direct Download Links: Creative Cloud 2015 Release

June 16th, 2015 996 comments

Download the New 2015 Release of Adobe Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy)

[UPDATE (Nov. 2016) – These still work to download the original CC 2015 installers. If you’re looking for direct links to the newest CC 2017 versions, then see this post.]

The new Adobe CC 2015 release was announced earlier today, including 15 upgraded desktop applications with new features across the board plus some big performance boosts… And there’s no wait: the CC 2015 software is available immediately for worldwide download via the CC Desktop App… This means everyone gets either a free upgrade or a free trial – but some folks want or need to access the new tools directly without using Adobe’s download/app manager.

So below we’ve curated a complete set of Adobe CC 2015 direct download links for all the new products on Windows and Mac OS, for instant access (plus the ability to use your own download manager) if you have any difficulty with what Adobe normally employs and want to get the tools or trials without it… These can also come in handy if you want offline standalone CC 2015 installers to use, store, or back up with (i.e., copy to USB flash/thumb drive, burn to DVD, etc).

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New Adobe Lightroom 6 (CC) Direct Download Links – Free Trials

April 21st, 2015 124 comments

Download New Adobe Lightroom 6/CC Free Trial

Yes – the new release of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 is just out and now shipping! There was no beta version/period this time, so we go straight to the final product. And as in the past, this release will work side-by-side with any previous revisions of Lightroom you may have. If you’ve got an earlier version installed on your system(s), Lightroom 6 will ask if you’d like to upgrade your catalog and copy everything over.

This new version continues as a downloadable desktop product and is available either with a standalone perpetual license (called Lightroom 6) or via subscription (called Lightroom CC). It begins as the same program and free trial download below, but the name is changed to reflect the differences in licensing and bundling, as well as the addition of integrated mobile apps & services plus future feature updates (such as the new Dehaze filter or Boundary Warp function).

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