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Download the New 2021 Release of Adobe Creative Cloud Now! (Try or Buy)

Every year, Adobe’s creative product launches seem to get bigger – and this year is no exception… This morning, with over 500,000 people attending the first-ever all-virtual (and completely free!) MAX conference, Adobe rolled out the new CC 2021 Release, which has to be the largest product rollout since they first introduced Creative Cloud over eight 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: Illustrator on iPad 1.0 now shipping, the free interactive AR app Adobe Aero coming to the desktop, popular painting app Adobe Fresco now available on the iPhone (also free) – plus, over 75,000 professional images, vectors, illustrations, templates, 3D models, and videos now available to everyone at no cost with the new Adobe Stock Free Collection.

As always, all upgrades to your CC apps are included are part of your Creative Cloud membership at no additional cost. The new 2021 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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CC 2020
CC 2019
CC 2018
Acrobat DC 2020
Captivate 2019
Elements 2020

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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 2021 direct download links have not yet been released, though we expect 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 customers everywhere. Everybody is asking us about this!

In the meantime, the CC 2020, CC 2019, and CC 2018 standalone installers are still available for use and download.

UPDATE (Oct. 29th) – Great news! Adobe has not posted the new Creative Cloud 2021 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 2021 apps that you need.

Look for Adobe's "Contact Us" Icon to Request the 2021 Direct Download Links

You simply need to ask. We suggest: “Hello, I need the direct download links (offline installers) for the new 2021 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 U.S. can now start a free Creative Cloud for Teams trial for 14 days. All users of the Teams plan can create their own custom packages to download the latest 2021 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 2021 direct download links.

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Changing System Requirements

Also important to know that the system requirements have evolved, 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 2021 release now requires macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or later. If you’re not yet running a compatible version of macOS, then you can get a free upgrade directly from Apple to Mojave (10.14) or Catalina (10.15). Be aware, however, that in Catalina, Apple has dropped support for any older 32-bit programs that you may have. And while still in beta/preview, macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) is supported by Adobe as well.

On PCs, Windows 10 (version 1903 or higher) is a fully-supported platform for all Creative Cloud applications. Importantly, except for Acrobat DC, the CC 2021 apps no longer support 32-bit or any Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.

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 2021 System Requirements. If these specifications don’t work for you for some reason, then you can instead continue to use the older CC 2020 applications, or even CC 2019 or CC 2018.

What’s New in Creative Cloud 2021? [Video]


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  1. Daniel

    Just a heads up, if you have an Adobe Team or enterprise account, you can generate your own packages and I have done so this morning (Australia time).

    • Thanks Daniel, you’re absolutely right!

      All Teams or Enterprise customers have access to the Admin Console, where you can create your own offline packages with the latest 2021 app installers to use wherever you want, on any computer, etc.

      Importantly, anybody can sign up to be a Teams subscriber (even if only for a single user, and even if just for a short period) in order to do this themselves, if and when needed.

      In other words, one possibility for someone who needs the absolute latest (fully-updated) 2021 versions is to sign up for a Creative Cloud for Teams plan, make the needed packages for yourself, and then cancel that account within 14 days for a full refund:

      Cancellation Terms

      You can cancel your subscription anytime via your Adobe Account page or by contacting Customer Support. If you cancel within 14 days of your initial order, you’ll be fully refunded. Should you cancel after 14 days, you’ll be charged a lump sum amount of 50% of your remaining contract obligation and your service will continue until the end of that month’s billing period.

      More details here:

      How to Exchange, Return, or Refund Adobe Software Products

      Note that a Teams subscription can be purchased even for just one single ordinary individual user, so it’s not necessary to have a company or group in order to get it… And that gives full access to the Admin Console in order to create any needed 2021 standalone installer packages.

      This should work anywhere in the world where the Teams plan is offered.

  2. John Adobe

    In less than four weeks, on November 17th, in a seemingly once-in-a-decade event (1994, 2005, and now 2020), Apple is widely rumoured to host an event that commences the end of its relationship with Intel by announcing the first MacBook powered by an ARM processor.

    Knowing how torturous it is for us Adobe CC aficionados to obtain direct downloads for the latest-and-greatest CC Suite for Win/Mac, when should we expect Adobe to make the availability of CC 2021 for the Qualcomm SQ2 ARM-powered Microsoft Surface Pro X (considering Microsoft revealed in late September that finally the much-awaited x64 application emulation support for WoA [Windows on ARM] is imminent) ?

    P.S.
    I don’t give two hoots for Apple desktops/laptops, regardless of whether they are powered by a Motorola, PowerPC, Intel, or ARM chips.

  3. Severin

    ProDesignTools:
    In other words, one possibility for someone who needs the absolute latest (fully-updated) 2021 versions is to sign up for a Creative Cloud for Teams account with a new/different email address, make the needed packages for yourself, and then cancel that account within 14 days for a full refund…

    What? How would this possibly be compliant with Adobe’s terms of use? Their terms very clearly say (Adobe General Terms of Use, 6.2, “User Conduct/Misuse”):

    “(F) You must not access or attempt to access the Services or Software by any means other than the interface we provide or authorize”

    Meaning that unless Adobe provides your regular consumer account with access to offline installers (e.g. through customer support) you’re stuck with using Creative Cloud Desktop, and anything else being a violation of their terms. Of course, creating a Team account for the express purpose of accessing the software in a way that Adobe does not make available to your regular account is a violation in itself:

    “(S) You must not create Adobe accounts for the purpose of violating these terms […]”

    These restrictions are further mentioned in Adobe’s Additional Software Terms, 1.3. (B), “Restrictions:”
    “(3) You must not circumvent technological measures intended to control access to the Software”

    Besides the wasted bureaucratic effort for both the end-user and Adobe of signing up for and then canceling a subscription that you had no intention of ever paying for, it seems clear to me that what you’re advocating here is in violation of Adobe’s terms of use, and I find this deeply irresponsible as it could have severe consequences on people’s accounts if Adobe ever chooses to act on it.

    • Hi Severin, this is a misunderstanding of Adobe’s Terms of Service. These cover how the software is employed by the end user, not how it is installed.

      The terms you cite are intended to protect against the applications being used as a Service Bureau, for example. In other words, someone trying to offer or sell access to the running apps online or over a network.

      They have nothing to do with how the software itself is installed on your own computer.

      We’ve been offering direct download links on this site since Creative Suite 3 in 2007, with no problems at all. Adobe has offered them for even longer.

      Readers have been using the Creative Cloud Teams plan to create packaged offline CC installers for many years, as well. The end result is the programs being installed on your local desktop computer just like the Individual plan.

      There is nothing anywhere that says folks can’t try out the Teams plan to see how it works, with the possibility of cancelling later – exactly like any other trial you’ve ever run.

      So, there’s no issue here! Hope that helps clear things up.

  4. John Adobe

    @Severin

    It has to stated that ProDesignTools has well-established links with Adobe for over a decade, and probably has the blessing of Adobe, making this website a resource for Adobe products like no other. It is therefore highly unlikely that ProDesignTools would give ill-informed, incorrect, or false information regarding Adobe products.

    You quote Adobe General Terms of Use, 6.2, “User Conduct/Misuse”):
    “(F) You must not access or attempt to access the Services or Software by any means other than the interface we provide or authorize”.

    My understanding of the above is that generating a personalised offline Adobe CC suite for oneself is within the confines of the T&C, as access to the Admin Console for Teams/Enterprise customers is undertaken via the Services and interface provided by Adobe.

    If however, as an example, one were to intercept the HTTP traffic between an internet browser/Adobe software and Adobe servers in order to bypass the Services and/or interface provided by Adobe, with the intention to gain an upper hand, then indeed that would be a violation of Adobe’s T&C.

  5. Severin

    John Adobe:

    My understanding of the above is that generating a personalised offline Adobe CC suite for oneself is within the confines of the T&C, as access to the Admin Console for Teams/Enterprise customers is undertaken via the Services and interface provided by Adobe.If however, as an example, one were to intercept the HTTP traffic between an internet browser/Adobe software and Adobe servers in order to bypass the Services and/or interface provided by Adobe, with the intention to gain an upper hand, then indeed that would be a violation of Adobe’s T&C.

    Yes, of course making such install packages for the user account accessing the admin console or other users under the business subscription is permitted under the terms. But, since Adobe explicitly prohibits your regular consumer account from ever accessing that interface, signing up for a business account *for the sole purpose of accessing that interface, but keeping your consumer account to use the software obtained in this manner* constitutes a clear bypass of that restriction, because of course the consumer account user was accessing the software “by other means than provided.” In fact I would argue that such conduct would constitute, as you say, “an intention to gain an upper hand” over the restrictions Adobe imposes on you as a consumer subscriber.

    @ProDesignTools:
    I don’t believe that it is in Adobe’s interest to have people pretend to sign up for an annual business subscription, Adobe processing the order, pay a month’s fee (I guess, since you mention refunds), make use of the business interface to download their software, subsequently cancel their subscription, and then Adobe having to refund the money to the customer and closing their account.

    Do you not think for a moment that suggesting, in all seriousness, that paying (!) Adobe customers jump through these sort of hoops might just be “wrong” and not something that should be excused or even condoned, as you are doing here? You’re saying that you’re advocating on behalf of “customers everywhere,” but seriously, that’s not what this is. You’re making up ridiculous excuses for Adobe’s ever increasingly consumer-hostile behavior here. I suppose that’s the price you have pay for getting to keep the “Adobe Partner” distinction.

    • Not at all. And your argument is puzzling. On one hand, you’re saying that Adobe is acting hostilely to consumers, yet on the other hand you’re saying that customers shouldn’t be able to work through the system to download the products they’re paying for or would like to purchase. Further, you’re disparaging our efforts to help our readers find a way to do exactly that.

      The process of signing up for Creative Cloud and even canceling a subscription is now largely automated. In most cases, it is zero imposition on the company. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – because undoubtedly there will be plenty of people who, after trying the Teams plan and learning of its benefits & advantages, will continue as ongoing paid subscribers to this option. Which, of course, Adobe would be happy about.

      In other words, it’s a win-win for everyone if folks can get the tools they need and Adobe can increase its customer base. No sane company would ever turn down people wanting to briefly try out its product at no cost to anyone.

      Finally, your reading of “accessing the Software” from the Terms of Service is misinterpreted. Those terms are regarding how the running program is accessed, not how a legitimate standalone installer is obtained. Our site and Adobe themselves have provided offline installers for many years and continue to do so. Once installed, the program resident on your machine is identical to all others, as is your use of that program.

      So ultimately, this controversy is a big nothingburger.

    • Update: Someone at Adobe reached out to us about this. The company has just launched a brand new initiative whereby anyone can now start a free Creative Cloud for Teams trial with All Apps for 14 days, for you and up to nine other team members if desired. You can invite and manage the free trial licenses from the online Admin Console, as well as easily create downloadable “self-service” installer packages for whichever apps you want.

      No credit card or payment details are required, and you can get started immediately. You can sign up for the Creative Cloud for teams trial if you don’t have an Adobe account, have a free Creative Cloud membership, or have a paid Individual subscription. If you wish, you can purchase Creative Cloud for Teams anytime during or after your trial period, or you can simply let the trial expire automatically after 14 days without payment.

      There is no obligation to remove any of the Creative Cloud apps you install; however they will continue to function only with an ongoing paid membership plan of some kind.

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

      Start Your Creative Cloud for Teams Free Trial

      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.

  6. Severin

    ProDesignTools:
    On one hand, you’re saying that Adobe is acting hostilely to consumers, yet on the other hand you’re saying that customers shouldn’t be able to work through the system to download the products they’re paying for or would like to purchase.

    I am not of the opinion that customers shouldn’t be able to “work through the system,” but obviously this is not the place to discuss the various ways of achieving that. I just think it’s against Adobe’s terms either way, but we’ll have to leave it at that.

    ProDesignTools:
    In other words, it’s a win-win for everyone if folks can get the tools they need and Adobe can increase its customer base. No sane company would ever turn down people wanting to briefly try out its product at no cost to anyone.

    It’s a win-win for Adobe and an affiliate such as yourself getting people to sign up with them, I’ll give you that.

    It is a loss for paying customers to receive the suggestion that they go through a process like this in order to simply get offline installers for the software they are already paying for, and I’d argue that attempting to portray this as something customers would “want to do” is a severe mischaracterization.

    • It’s not against Adobe’s terms. On the contrary, the company is encouraging folks – whether a current customer or not – to try out the Teams plan for free… We have done exactly that and signed on for that trial to prove it works. Further, there is no credit card required and no cancellation needed; the Teams free trial cancels automatically after 14 days with no further action and zero financial obligation.

      In fact it’s a better offer than the normal Individuals trial for 7 days, which does require a form of payment up front.

      And yes, we absolutely agree that Adobe should be providing industry-standard offline installers that are easily downloadable for everyone, as they have in the past! If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that we have been saying this very often and for many years – and we are in regular contact with Adobe engineers and product managers pushing on this and advocating for our readers (and all other customers) who, like you, want or need these!

      So we won’t rest until the new 2021 direct download links are out and available. But in the meantime, there are other possible avenues as outlined above.

  7. Update: Here they are – Adobe has just released all the offline installers for Creative Cloud 2021 and here is our new post that should make it easier for you to get the links you need:

    How to Get New Adobe Creative Cloud 2021 Direct Download Links

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