What’s the Difference btwn Adobe CC vs. Creative Cloud for Teams?
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 editions.
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.
UPDATE (Nov. 2019) – All Creative Cloud for Teams plans now include Adobe Talent, powered by Behance. This means all Teams subscribers now get unlimited job postings on the world’s largest creative network, a US$399/month value included at no extra cost.
UPDATE (Feb. 2020) – All Creative Cloud for Teams plans just received a storage upgrade from 100 GB previously to 1 TB included now per user.
A fast way to get a sense of the biggest differences is to check out Adobe’s CC Plans-at-a-Glance comparison page for business – click to open for more details:
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So the Teams offering provides everything that Creative Cloud for Individuals does, which means open access to the world’s best creative tools (all of the same desktop apps, services, and feature upgrades as soon as they are released) – plus unique workgroup capabilities for enhanced file sharing and collaboration (including the exclusive new Team Projects shared workflow), flexible and efficient license management (for dynamically adding, removing, or reassigning users as needed), usage tracking and reporting, centralized billing, advanced 24/7 support services (including two live one-on-one sessions with Adobe product experts per user, per year, via phone and web conference), and pooling from a single shared Adobe Stock subscription.
What makes Creative Cloud for Teams really different and unique: Administrators can manage it all from a simple but powerful web-based Admin Console to centrally purchase, deploy, and manage all seats within your organization. You can easily add, move, or reassign users to adapt to the way your organization does business – so it evolves as your company evolves, and your team members can even be entirely outside of your organization.
And Adobe’s Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) – a centralized IT deployment tool allowing you to control and customize how your users install and access both CC products and updates – is only offered in the Teams edition. You can use this special utility (or use the Admin Console) to build your own customized distribution packages and provide as much platform stability as you like – and install ongoing upgrades on your own schedule, whenever you are ready. If desired, you can also block access to online Creative Cloud storage and services while users are on the corporate network.
Some other benefits of CC for Teams include: Achieving a lower cost of entry (compared to the prior perpetual model), taking advantage of predictable budgeting, volume discounts for 10 or more seats, simplifying compliance management and reporting, helping ensure usage rights with assigned seats, rigorous built-in security, and treating software purchases as an operating expense. Team users also get one extra month of offline grace period when running the CC desktop applications without an Internet connection, including when traveling remotely or internationally.
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Pricing for the Team product is $79.99/month (or €69,99/£59.00) per seat on an annual basis – either paid monthly throughout the year, or prepaid up front. That gives you everything described above. Education pricing (schools, students and teachers, classrooms, colleges and universities) is $34.99/month (or €34,99/£29.49). You can also upgrade from any number of current Creative Cloud Individual memberships to a consolidated Creative Cloud Team membership.
If you only need one application, then there’s another option: CC for Teams Single App. You can choose from Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, or any one of the rest – and it includes all the same team features for admin, support, and collaboration, together with 20 GB of online storage instead of 100 GB. The regular pricing for the Teams single-tool plan is $33.99/month (or €29,99/£25.28) for the majority of CC products, except for Adobe XD which is a third less and Acrobat Pro DC at about half that price – and for education customers, the same individual tool package is $14.99/month (or €14,99/£12.64).
All these plans are available directly from Adobe, and there is no overall minimum or maximum on number of seats you can purchase for your team, group, or SMB. With CC for Teams, you can purchase from 1-250 licenses at a time, and add on more seats whenever you want. You can buy with a credit card, PayPal, or purchase order, either paid monthly or prepaid annually. As with the regular Creative Cloud, each user on your Team can choose to run and activate their license on either the Windows or Mac operating systems, or on both platforms.
Related: See the infographic on the advantages of subscription vs. perpetual.
So in a nutshell, Creative Cloud for Teams does everything that the standard CC edition does, but takes it to the next level for multiple people collaborating and working together smoothly.
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