It’s been a busy spring with Adobe’s launch of the new “CC” release, where they confirmed they are extending their popular Creative Cloud 40%-off discount upgrade offer for existing customers of CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5:
“Based on strong customer demand, Adobe will continue to provide Creative Suite customers worldwide (CS3 and later) the option of joining Creative Cloud Complete for 40% off or $29.99 / £27.34 / €36,89 / A$29.99 a month for the first year.”
For current CS6 customers, the price reduction is now even greater:
“Creative Suite 6 customers: Join Creative Cloud and receive extra savings on your first year of membership – just $19.99 / £17.58 / €24,59 / A$19.99 per month, or 60% off the regular price.”
The updated terms and conditions show that all upgrade discount offers from CS3 through CS6 to CC will be available only until July 31, 2013:
The Adobe Student and Teacher Editions look like a great deal. They offer big discounts, as much as 75% off normal prices. They’re available for most of Adobe’s most popular products, including Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 4, Acrobat XI, Elements 11, and the Creative Cloud. They can be purchased by anyone who qualifies – primary 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 age limitation. They’re available pretty much worldwide in many languages on both Windows and Mac, 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? Is there any sort of time restriction, time limit, or time out – do Adobe Student Editions expire? Or are they unusable for commercial purposes?
Let’s face it, Adobe’s normal product prices can seem expensive, especially if you’re on a student’s budget. The regular prices for Creative Suite 6 range run from $399 for Dreamweaver through Photoshop Extended for $999 and up to $2,599 for the Master Collection suite, which contains every CS6 product available – nearly twenty in all. As great and powerful as this software is, it could be hard to afford these prices when you’re in school.
Fortunately, Adobe offers deep discounts for education customers – up to 75% off. So the price for Dreamweaver becomes almost a third of what it was, $149 – while for the Design Standard suite (containing Photoshop + Illustrator + InDesign + Acrobat Pro) it drops by two-thirds, to $449. For most products the price cut is similar – for example, Photoshop CS6 Extended (the top-of-the-line version) goes from $999 to $349. The top-selling CS6 Design & Web Premium suite becomes $599 instead of $1,899. And Flash Builder 4.6 falls from $249 to free – yes, FREE for students and educators…
In addition, it’s not just the Creative Suite products that are available with the savings. You can also get Lightroom 4, Acrobat XI, and Photoshop or Premiere Elements 11. For example, Lightroom 4 for student photographers costs $79 instead of the normal price of $149, while Acrobat XI Pro is $119 instead of $449.
If you want it all, and all in one complete (and fantastic) package, then Adobe is now offering the new Creative Cloud at a 60%-off discount for students and teachers (just $19/month) – and that gives you the entire CS6 Master Suite and more – basically, all the best products that Adobe makes.
Adobe recognizes that many people use both Lightroom and Photoshop in their workflows, and so is offering a special deal where you can save 30% off the full version of Lightroom 4 if you purchase it together with the new Photoshop CS6 in any form. This means if you buy Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS6 Extended, or any CS6 suite edition (which all contain PS), you’ll get 30% off Lightroom when you buy them at the same time.
And it works for either buying the full version or upgrading from an older version of Photoshop or the CS suite… So if you are buying Lightroom for the first time, you’ll get 30% off the price of the full version (normally $149/€109/£87) – and in the U.S. they round this down to just $99. No promotion code is required to activate the discount, which will be reflected in your shopping cart just prior to checkout. This offer is valid worldwide until December 31st, 2012, but pricing is available only through the online Adobe Commercial Store (in other words, Volume and Education customers are not eligible, perhaps because the LR4 student edition is already US$79).
[UPDATE (May 3, 2011) – The CS6 Academic Editions are out, and savings are still 80%!]
If you’re a student or teacher in some capacity, chances are you can now score eye-popping savings on your favorite Adobe products…
Adobe has recently announced a new policy of student pricing that gives 80% (!) off normal prices. And even teachers and professors can still get up to a healthy 70% off most software.
For example, try Creative Suite 4 Web Premium – an eight-product package with $3,842 of total value that normally goes for $1,699, but for students – only $349. Or CS4 Design Standard – normally $1,399 for the suite, but for students – just $299! Heck, just the regular cost of Photoshop alone is $700 or more…
Speaking of Photoshop, if you want just Photoshop CS4 Extended by itself, it’s $199 for higher ed (instead of $999). Or try Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Lightroom, Elements, etc. – all at a fraction of their standard prices.
Such deep discounts couldn’t come at a better time… Check them out at Adobe’s official Education Store, or follow the clipped image below.
Were you aware there’s a place you can go anytime 24×7 that will always show you (most of) the latest and up-to-date specials running for Adobe products?
Typical deals are like 10-20-30% off, or anywhere from a $25-$200 discount, or maybe a free book with purchase, depending on what’s running… In recent months there have been coupon savings on the different suite editions, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Pro, and Elements. The promos are always changing, so feel free to check back for updates.