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Update on New Creative Cloud 2020 Direct Download Links

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UPDATE – You can now get Adobe’s new CC 2021 Direct Download Links!

Every year, Adobe’s creative product launches seem to get bigger – and this year is no exception… This morning, in front of a record 15,000 attendees at the annual MAX conference, Adobe unveiled the new CC 2020 Release, which feels like their biggest product launch since they first introduced Creative Cloud over seven years ago.

As we’ve come to expect from Adobe, there are major updates across the entire suite of tools and services, including entirely new Creative Cloud tools as well as significant new features and improvements to existing applications, and even some surprises: Photoshop on iPad 1.0 now shipping, a brand new AR app called Adobe Aero (free!), the new Adobe Fresco available on Windows 10, and even Illustrator on iPad coming next year.

As always, all upgrades to your CC apps are included are part of your Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost. The new 2020 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.

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Offline installers for the Creative Cloud Desktop app and for Acrobat DC Pro/Standard are currently available, but the rest of the new CC 2020 direct download links have not yet been released, though we hope they’ll be out soon… As in the past, we are actively in touch with Adobe manage­ment and advocating for you – our readers and for Creative Cloud customers everywhere. Everybody is asking us about this!

In the meantime, the CC 2019 and CC 2018 standalone installers are still available for use and download.

UPDATE (Nov. 27th) – Great news! Adobe has not posted the new Creative Cloud 2020 direct download links; however, as of today, you can now actually get them yourself by contacting Customer Service…

Just reach out to Adobe’s Customer Care team via live online chat, and they will immediately give you temporary links to download offline installers for all the 2020 apps that you need.

Look for Adobe's "Contact Us" Icon to Request the 2020 Direct Download Links

You simply need to ask. We suggest: “Hello, I need the direct download links (offline installers) for the new 2020 releases of ___________. Could you please help me?”

You can connect with an agent to get the downloads here. Look for “Contact Us” or “Your contact options…” at the bottom of the page, or the Chat icon at the lower right. If asked, choose the “Download & Install” category. That’s it!

OPTION 2 – Or, you can do this instead: Adobe just launched a new offer whereby anyone in the US or UK can now get a free Creative Cloud for Teams trial for 14 days. All users of the Teams plan can create their own custom Managed packages to download the latest 2020 offline installers for use on any computer.

No credit card or payment details are required, and you can get started immedi­ately. You can do this if you don’t have an Adobe account, have a free Creative Cloud membership, or have a paid Individual subscription. If you decide not to purchase the Teams plan, then you can simply let the trial expire automatically.

For more info, check out the new Adobe help page detailing this offer:

  » Start Your Creative Cloud for Teams Free Trial Now

You can access versions 2021 and older, and there is no obligation to remove any of the apps you install; however they will continue to work only with an ongoing paid membership plan of some type.

We just tried it out and it works seamlessly as described, even if you already have an Individuals plan or if you currently have no paid plan at all. If you go this route, please let us know how it goes, or if you have any issues!

For decades now, Adobe has always provided publicly-available CC and CS industry-standard downloadable installers for many valid reasons… In our view, the need is strong and they should continue to do so.

If you agree, then share your thoughts below on why you want or need direct download links. More importantly, please also post feedback on the Adobe Forums and definitely send your comments to the product teams to tell the company directly. Then spread the word to others you know!

As always, we will be following this story closely going forward, and keeping this page up to date with the latest news regarding new offline installers, as well as publishing further information on the status of CC 2020 direct download links.

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Changing System Requirements

Also important to know that the system requirements have changed, both on Windows as well as on Mac, in order to take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies… On Macs, the CC 2020 release now requires macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to High Sierra (10.13), to Mojave (10.14), or to Catalina (10.15). Be aware, however, that in Catalina – the latest release – Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that may be installed on your Mac.

On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1809 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Windows 7 SP1 will still work for some CC tools, but not key ones like the video and audio apps, and Windows 8.x is not supported at all. Furthermore, except for Acrobat DC, Creative Cloud no longer supports Windows 32-bit systems. Most CC 2019 apps already required a Windows 64-bit OS, and that requirement has now expanded to all CC 2020 apps. This means that 32-bit versions of Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Dreamweaver and Bridge are not offered in CC 2020, as they were in CC 2019.

Adobe explains that focusing their efforts on more modern OS versions allows them to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. For more details, please consult the complete CC 2020 System Requirements. If these specifications don’t work for you for some reason, then you can instead continue to use the older CC 2019 applications, or even CC 2018.

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See Also

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  1. @ProDesignTools

    And the follow-up just now:

    I can confirm that the links worked perfectly. My apps are all installed and working. The person on the Adobe chat was kind, professional and efficient (seems not to have been the case for all customers but I’m really satisfied and I got what I asked for immediately, and it’s good to say it too when things work well!). The updates via Creative Cloud desktop are still a mess, but at least I can use my apps so there is no big hurry for the rest.

    I hope not to get back here too soon but thanks to those who helped!


    • That’s simply not true. People are definitely getting offline installers for the new 2020 releases from Adobe Customer Care… We requested a couple more 2020 apps from them earlier this week and had no problem at all:

      How to Get New Adobe Creative Cloud 2020 Direct Download Links

      Sorry you received incorrect information. We suggest trying again, and ask to speak to a supervisor if necessary. If you don’t get a positive answer within the first few minutes, then just disconnect and start again with a new rep. Don’t accept no as a final answer.

  2. So is anyone willing to share the links they got so far? Don’t feel like chatting to a person just to get a link every time. Thanks

    • Hey Pete, good question but all of the 2020 direct download links that Adobe is issuing are specially coded to be time-limited and expire within 24 hours.

      As for sharing the actual installer files themselves – they cannot be re-uploaded or redistributed in any way, per Adobe’s terms of service.

      So sorry, that wouldn’t work or we would already have done it here.

  3. hi,
    i can’t update any program with the adobe creative cloud desktop app; it gets stuck on 19% downloaded – is there is a solution for that ?

  4. Hello again.

    I’m trying to be as polite here as I can. So I will refrain from saying what I would really like to say. Anyone else tired of having to jump through hoops to try and get the most recent, current update of Adobe programs? I’m feeling like Oliver Twist asking for a bit more to eat every time I have to ask a customer service rep for new updated links.

    When I was a child I had to ask my parents for things I needed. But dang, I’m 69 years old now and asking permission to get the items I already pay for is like going to the grocery store, being asked to pay up front, and then having to ask permission to actually take the food off the shelf so I can take it home and eat it.

    Can ANYONE explain to me WHY Adobe STILL will not allow access to 2020 apps WITHOUT having to either use the Creative Cloud App OR ask a customer service rep for the links? (If I didn’t really love some of the independently-developed plugins I have purchased over the years, ones that ONLY work in Photoshop, I would walk away from Adobe for good.)

    P.S. – I am willing to find out if I am missing something here. Has Adobe changed and are the links now available, WITHOUT having to go through a customer service rep? And are people getting the most current updated version when they still use the “Please may I have some more” links that they have to go through the customer service reps for?

  5. Hello. This is not true. I spoke to two agents “Abhishek” and “Rahul.” And both of them did not seem to be able to get the links for me.

    • Are you a free trial user or a paying CC customer?

      We’re hearing of a variation in experience depending on the answer to that question… (see the reader comments above)

  6. Guys, you may be able to download and install now! I’ve been having difficulty getting InDesign for about 6 months — it wasn’t a huge deal because my Adobe account is provided by my job and I hardly use InDesign at home — and yesterday I was finally able to update the Creative Cloud app and download InDesign!

  7. @Me

    Same for me. I was one who has had a LOT of headaches downloading updates in the past. Adobe has finally taken care of whatever was timing out the downloads for me. In appreciation I even upgraded to the full Cloud. I’ve wanted to for a long time, but since downloading was such a frustrating task, I’ve put it off for years. As of today, everything, including multiple updates at one time, has downloaded without mishap. (We have horrible online speeds here in the rural community I live in.)

    I play around a lot with DAWs and digital synthesizers, so I have learned to live with a company requiring the use of a special app to control and monitor their programs. My real complaint with Adobe was when the CC desktop app was not working for me. As long as it is working, I’ve no need for offline installers. That said, I also understand how some folks really do prefer standalone installers. Sadly, however, Piracy is still pretty prevalent online. I am sure this plays a lot into Adobe wanting every install to be through the CC App.

    They may be cutting down offering standalone offline installers for trial versions via request, but it is my understanding it is still possible to get them if you are already a subscriber and having problems with the app. (I am also aware, both as a staff member and a part of administration, when I was still working, not everyone reads and fully understands all the memos they might be getting. Then add in that they may be newer hires who have a ton of older memos to get through.)

    Throughout my own trials with the app, I remain very thankful to the folks here at ProDesign for all the time and attention they have put into this whole issue for users. They helped me keep what’s left of my sanity (wasn’t much there to work with) during the time it took Adobe to revise the CC App to where it finally worked for me, as well as others. (And they have some GREAT free books available to anyone, even if you don’t use the CC App.) :)

    • Wow, that’s all terrific news – thanks so much, Louis!

      So glad we could help out, and that your problems with downloading the CC apps are (finally) in the rear view mirror…

      And you’re right – Adobe will definitely give out the 2020 standalone installers to any paid subscriber.

      In addition to solving any download issues, the direct download links are also useful for downloading an offline backup of your software, burning to disc/DVD, copying to thumb/flash USB drive, transferring and installing on a second computer (or more), maintaining consistency between machines, etc.

      Thanks again for your great comment!

    • PS – For free trial users (not currently paid subscribers) who want standalone installers, note that Adobe offers a 14-day money back guarantee on Creative Cloud subscriptions…

      Meaning that that anyone who purchases a new plan can get a full refund within the first two weeks after the initial payment is made, with no questions asked. In that way, Adobe would have to provide the new 2020 direct download links because you’d be a paying subscriber at that point.

      In most cases, any plan cancellation can be made online without hassle. If you decide to continue your paid membership past the first 14 days, then the return period closes.

  8. For me it says my trial has expired and won’t let me open it. It shows payment plans and then when I close that, Photoshop closes. Does anyone have a solution or tutorial.

  9. Hi! I’ve been having issues installing adobe photoshop onto my mac. Every single time I try to install it, it pauses at some point during the process and continues to be frozen until I quit and try to reinstall. I dealt with the exact same issue when trying to install creative cloud, so an adobe employee sent me the link below which fixed the issue. Do you have a link like this that will enable me to install adobe photoshop? If not, how should I proceed?

    Thank you so much,

    • Those are direct download links for the Creative Cloud Desktop app.

      If you want or need the same for Photoshop 2020 et al, then as we outlined in the article above, you need to contact Adobe Customer Care and request them:

      You could also try this:

      1. Uninstall the problem app using standard OS procedures.
      2. Download & run the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to clean it off your system.
      3. Reboot your computer (don’t skip this step).
      4. Start again from the top by reinstalling the Creative Cloud tools you want.

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