What’s the Difference btwn Adobe CC vs. Creative Cloud for Teams?
What are the differences between the types of Creative Cloud membership? This is a question we get a lot, so here’s a handy 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 businesses, studios, design shops, agencies, companies, offices, schools, and other organizations. It includes everything that CC for Individuals does, but gives you substantially more features and capabilities for managing and working with different users. It’s meant for groups (such as small to midsize businesses and departments) with multiple seats using the products at the same time. For large businesses, 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 comparison page (click to enlarge):
So the Team offering provides everything that Creative Cloud for Individuals does, which means open access to the world’s best creative tools (all of the same desktop apps, services, and feature upgrades as soon as they are released) – plus unique workgroup capabilities for enhanced file sharing and collaboration (with 100GB of online space for each user instead of 20GB in the individual Complete plans), flexible and efficient license management (for dynamically adding, removing, or reassigning users as needed), usage tracking and reporting, centralized billing, and advanced support services (including two live one-on-one sessions with Adobe product experts per user, per year, via phone and web conference).
What makes Creative Cause for Teams really different and unique: Administrators can manage it all from a simple but powerful web-based Admin Console to centrally purchase, deploy, and manage all seats within your organization. You can easily add, move, or reassign users to adapt to the way your organization does business – so it evolves as your company evolves, and your team members can even be entirely outside of your organization.
And Adobe’s Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) – a centralized IT deployment tool allowing you to control and customize how your users install and access both CC products and updates – is only offered in the Teams edition. You can use this special utility to build your own customized distribution packages and provide as much platform stability as you like – and install ongoing upgrades on your own schedule, whenever you are ready. If desired, you can also block access to online Creative Cloud storage and services while users are on the corporate network.
Some other benefits of CC for Teams include: Achieving a lower cost of entry, taking advantage of predictable budgeting, simplifying compliance management and reporting, helping ensure usage rights with assigned seats, rigorous built-in security, and treating software purchases as an operating expense. Team users also get one extra month of offline grace period when running the CC desktop applications without an Internet connection, including when traveling remotely or internationally.
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Pricing for the Team product is $69.99/month per seat on an annual basis – either paid monthly throughout the year, or prepaid up front. That gives you everything described above. Education pricing (schools, students and teachers, classrooms, colleges and universities) is $34.99/month. International pricing is lower by similar percentages. You can also upgrade from any number of current Creative Cloud Individual memberships to a consolidated Creative Cloud Team membership.
If you only need one application, then there’s a new option: CC for Teams Single App. You can choose from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, or any one of the rest – and it includes all the same Team features for admin, support, and collaboration, together with 20GB of online storage. The regular pricing for the Teams single-tool plan is $29.99/month for the majority of CC products (except for Acrobat Pro DC which is $14.99/month) – and for education customers, the same individual tool package is $14.99/month.
All these plans are available directly from Adobe, and there is no minimum or maximum on number of seats you can purchase for your team, group, or SMB. You can buy it with a credit card, PayPal, or purchase order, either paid monthly or prepaid annually. As with the regular Creative Cloud, each user on your Team can choose to run on either Windows or Mac operating system platforms, or both.
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So in a nutshell, Creative Cloud for Teams does everything that the standard CC edition does, but takes it to the next level for multiple people collaborating and working together smoothly.