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The Greatest Hits: Our Most Popular Adobe Posts & Tips of All Time

January 3rd, 2018 194 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, including some very popular free books.

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!

Free Adobe Books

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Creative Cloud (CC)

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How to Get a Big Discount on Adobe MAX 2018 + Fly There for Free

December 18th, 2017 10 comments

Save US$500 - Over 30% - With This Adobe MAX 2018 Preregistration Discount!

Adobe MAX—The Creativity Conference is lined up for October 15-17, 2018, back in Los Angeles, California – and planning is already underway to make the 2018 MAX experience better than ever: “Join over 12,000 like-minded creatives from around the world for a week of sessions, labs, speakers, events, inspiration and fun — everything you need to keep you creative for the rest of the year. Can’t wait to see what we come up with when returning to Los Angeles in 2018!”

Adobe has also quietly launched a free MAX 2018 pre-registration portal where you can quickly guarantee a US$500 discount off the regular price if you decide to go.

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How to Solve It When Adobe Programs or Updates Won’t Download

December 7th, 2017 81 comments

The Adobe CC Desktop App Manager: How Does It Work?

We’re on the Adobe Help Forums every day and regularly see users posting queries like “Can’t install Photoshop from the Creative Cloud” or CC 2018 won’t download,” or “my product updates aren’t working”… It could be for the free trials or for the full paid versions.

Often the issue is related to one or the other download managers (DLM) that Adobe uses to deliver its software install­ers. Over the years and for various tools, they have used the Akamai Download Manager, the Adobe Download Assistant (ADA), the Adobe Application Manager (AAM), and most recently the Creative Cloud’s CC Desktop App.

Adobe employs these helper utilities because their downloads are usually large – multiple gigabytes – and download managers can help correct for unreliable Internet connections, and resume a download after it has been paused or unexpectedly broken.

But it turns out there can be interactions between the DLM and some configuration on the user’s computer, web browser, anti-virus software, Internet connection, or something else which causes it not to work… So the first step is to try something different with those.

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Learn Photoshop Absolutely Free with This New 5½-Hour Intro Class

December 5th, 2017 9 comments

Watch the 5½-Hour Photoshop Training Class Now for Free!

[UPDATE: Hurry – Adobe tells us they will be taking down this free course soon!]

Here’s a fantastic new resource that you should not miss – and even bookmark/share… It’s a complete introductory-level class on how to best use Photoshop from the excellent training team at Adobe KnowHow – a course worth hundreds of dollars, but now completely FREE with no catch. It includes 5½ hours of high-quality instruction broken out into 16 chapters with 58 video tutorials (in HD or SD), covering everything you need to know to really get going with Adobe Photoshop – the world’s leading graphics and photo editing application – at no cost!

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Join Adobe Stock Free and Get 10 Professional Assets Worth US$50

November 29th, 2017 7 comments

Get 10 Free Adobe Stock Images Now

Adobe has really been sweetening the pot lately for you to try out their massive Stock photo collection… These are high-quality, curated images, illustrations, vectors, graphics, templates, photos, and more from a vast collection of over 100 million assets to choose from. After acquiring Fotolia in 2015, Adobe rolled out a one-month-free offer which was nice, but it required paying for your first month up front (which would later be refunded if you canceled).

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Holiday Giveaway! FREE Creative Cloud with All-New CC 2018 Tools

November 20th, 2017 540 comments

What's Included in this Adobe Giveaway? See All the New CC 2018 Tools You Get with Creative Cloud

Last month, Adobe shipped the all-new CC 2018 set of tools and services – a milestone marking the sixth major release of the CC product line, which replaced CS6 from 2012. This latest CC version contains thousands of new features and advancements compared to CS6 (across all creative applica­tions), and it is available only via Creative Cloud membership – a community which now surpasses 12 million paid subscribers.

Adobe CC 2018 is also known as the Creative Cloud 2018 Release… And that is exactly what we’re giving away for free below, and this offer is open to everyone world­wide.

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

December 4th, 2017 742 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 Terms of Use for CC Software:

1.1 Use of Software: Subscription-Based License. You may activate the Software on up to 2 devices (or virtual machines) at a time, if these activations are associated with the same Adobe ID for the same individual, unless stated at the Adobe Activation page. However, you may not use the Software on these devices simultaneously.

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How to Access, Restore or Update to Any Version of Adobe CC Apps

December 1st, 2017 26 comments

How Does the Adobe CC Desktop App Manager Work?

One of the biggest strengths of the Adobe CC 2018 release is receiving a complete set of creative tools with an ongoing stream of updates included at no extra cost… We no longer have to wait years for our products to innovate and keep pace with evolving technologies; instead we receive the latest and greatest features and improvements as soon as they are ready.

Since the initial launch of CC in 2013, Adobe has regularly issued new upgrades for each individual app about once every 3-4 months, bringing new power and capabilities to all subscribers.

Normally the Creative Cloud works seamlessly with these ongoing product updates… The CC Desktop App runs quietly in the System Tray and gracefully notifies the customer that a new upgrade is avail­able for any of the included applications like Photoshop CC, and (optionally whenever desired) the user clicks one button to auto­matically download and install the update smoothly in the back­ground.

Sometimes, however, subscribers need more control for various reasons… Read more…

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All the New Adobe CC 2018 Direct Download Links, Now Available!

November 16th, 2017 193 comments

Download the New 2018 Release of Adobe Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy)

Last month, Adobe unveiled the all-new CC 2018 Release, which they say is the biggest product launch since Adobe first introduced Creative Cloud over five years ago. And from what we’ve seen, it looks to be true. There are major updates across the entire suite of tools and services, including entirely new CC desktop tools as well as significant new features and performance improvements to existing applications, and even some surprises.

As always, all upgrades to your CC apps are included are part of your Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost. The CC 2018 software is available immediately for worldwide download via the Creative Cloud 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.

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Adobe Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2017 Offers, Deals & Specials

November 14th, 2017 15 comments

Check Out Adobe's Black Friday + Cyber Monday Offers, Deals & Discounts

Adobe is having a worldwide sale with money-saving deals lined up through Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 (and beyond), and we’ve got the complete guide below… Although there are fewer offers than previous years, the new specials still match the same level of discount off the regular prices as past Black Fridays.

The company is running two major promo­tions for the all-new Creative Cloud (CC) 2018. Both are the lowest prices ever offered on these popular products. The holiday deals begin today and will run continuously until Friday, Dec­ember 1st (extended!) at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So don’t delay, as these only come once per year!

The two available offers are:

 — Creative Cloud 20% Off: Normally $49.99/month for new customers signing up for an annual plan – now the complete Adobe CC member­ship will be available at a special discounted rate of $39.99/month (or £39.95/€47.99/A$58.29 including VAT) for one year. No previous software owner­ship or other qualifications are necessary to receive this price reduction.

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