OK, so your old computer is running out of gas, you’re upgrading or changing systems, adding a new machine, or switching from a PC to a Mac, or vice versa — and you want to move over your copy of CC/Creative Cloud or CS6 (or CS5 or CS4 or CS3) Adobe software — what do you do, and how do you do it? Just follow our complete guide below, which also works for other Adobe desktop products such as Acrobat, Elements, Lightroom, Captivate, and more.
As we’ve covered previously here, you are generally allowed to install and activate most Adobe software on up to two computers, with the restriction that the software can not used on both systems at the same time. So right off the bat, you might be good to go with installing the software on a second computer, although you may wish to double-check the licensing agreement for your product to be sure.
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.
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):
[UPDATE – Also see our new Adobe CC 2017 Holiday Giveaway!]
In June, Adobe shipped the all-new CC 2015 set of tools and services – a milestone marking the third 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 9 million paid members.
Adobe CC 2015 is also known as the Creative Cloud 2015 Release… And that is exactly what we’re giving away for free below, and this offer is open to everyone worldwide.
In all, Creative Cloud 2015 comes with 15 new desktop applications (Photoshop CC 2015, Illustrator CC 2015, InDesign CC 2015, Lightroom CC 2015, Muse CC 2015, and all your other favorites), together with other complementary tools and services (such as Acrobat Pro, Edge, Typekit, Behance ProSite, CC Market) and much more. See the entire contents of what’s in Creative Cloud, where all ongoing upgrades are automatically included at no additional charge.
Adobe wants to give you US$50 worth of professional, high-resolution stock images right now. We’re talking about high-quality, curated photos, illustrations, vectors, graphics, and more from a vast collection of over 60 million assets to choose from…
Hi – is it really true that Adobe Bridge (the full version) is totally free to download and use forever, and I don’t have to pay for it or have a subscription?
The answer is yes, it’s absolutely true – although not that many people know about it because Adobe hasn’t really publicized it widely…
[UPDATE (Nov. 2016) – Check out Adobe’s new 2016 Black Friday Deals!]
Adobe is having a worldwide sale with money-saving deals lined up through Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2015, and we’ve got the complete guide below… There are some nice offers on tap for major products in this “season of savings” – with discounts as much as 68% off the regular prices!
The company is running several major promotions for Creative Cloud (CC 2015) and for Elements. All are the lowest prices ever offered on these popular products. The holiday deals begin on Monday, November 9th at 12:00pm Eastern Time and will run continuously until Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
The three big 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 £36.59/€47.59/A$39.99 including VAT) for one year. Or you can also get 20% off any CC Single-Tool Subscription, or for Creative Cloud with Adobe Stock. No previous software ownership or other qualifications are necessary to receive this reduction.
Now that the Adobe CC release is becoming widespread with over 9 million paid customers, some folks are asking us whether the new versions of the tools in the Creative Cloud can read or save older data/document/project file formats like CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4 & CS3…
In fact, now that Adobe’s flagship creative toolset CC 2015 (aka CS9) is three major releases past CS6 from 2012, file version compatibility can sometimes be an important decision point in moving forward.
In the past, new Adobe product versions have often brought different or expanded file formats to support significant new features – and customers want to know if their existing projects will easily carry forward with them when they upgrade, or if they will be able to save back to older formats for coworkers or clients who may still be running an earlier revision of the programs…
OK then, here’s how it works. Generally, your new CC tools will be able to open and use any and all earlier CS project and data files – including CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6 files – with no problem or loss of information. In other words, all Adobe software is able to read or import file formats from previous versions of the same program – and it should happen seamlessly and automatically. The only exception to this is Premiere Pro, where it’s best to open/edit projects in the same versions that created them.
[UPDATE (Nov. 2016) – Watch 235 hours of new training & tutorials from MAX 2016!]
Did you make it to MAX this year? Adobe’s Creativity Conference broke all records with 7,000 attendees coming together in Los Angeles earlier this month, up from 5,000 just a couple years ago… And that was despite an increase in the cost of a full conference pass to US$1,595.
For the price of that ticket, participants enjoyed major new product launches, inspirational keynotes from creative luminaries, hundreds of enriching training sessions, plentiful opportunities for networking with colleagues, access to the latest cool technology on the pavilion floor, meeting the Adobe product teams in person, the highly-anticipated “Sneak Peek” demos of jaw-dropping new features under development, and of course the famous MAX Bash party. And this year, all attendees also received a free year of Adobe Stock as well as a new FUJIFILM X-T10 camera.
We’ve got a terrific new deal for you, one that is only available here to readers of ProDesignTools… For a limited time and while our allocation lasts, you can get an annual membership to the CC Photography plan – which includes the latest-and-greatest releases of both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC – for 20% off the regular price worldwide. That works out to just US$7.99, £5.71, €7.99, or A$7.99 per month (plus applicable taxes or VAT) in several major currencies.