Adobe buyers’ guide: Which licensing plan is right for you?

Adobe buyers’ guide: Which licensing plan is right for you?

Choosing an Adobe plan can be a confusing process. Subscription or perpetual? Annual or extended term? Is it better for you to purchase in bulk or to purchase over time?  

To try and make things a bit clearer, we’re going to break your licensing options down based on something you’re more likely to know: which apps you need access to. Knowing whether you need the full Creative Cloud suite, can manage with a stripped down version or just need to update your PDF workflow will go a long way to help you find the right plan for you.

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If you need Creative Cloud…

You need to involve yourself in the VIP licensing program, which is the only one that can provide Creative Cloud Complete or Creative Cloud Single Apps. Called the ‘Value Incentive Plan’, this is a subscription model that gives you access to the software itself, any updates as soon as they are released, mobile apps, and an Admin Console for managing multiple licences.

Using VIP, you can purchase Creative Cloud for teams or Creative Cloud for enterprise.

Creative Cloud for teams is designed, unsurprisingly, for small work groups and design teams. Users get access to extra online storage and collaborative tools that are not available to individuals. Team licences can be assigned to an individual (named licensing) or a device (device licensing) if you are an educational institution. The licences are owned by the company, not the end users, and can be reassigned to new users as needed.

Creative Cloud for enterprise is designed for larger deployments, and comes with extra management and security tools, which you can read about here.

VIP offers three subscription term options – annual, extended and three year commit.  The annual subscription is for 12 months paid upfront, so you’d renew annually.  The extended subscription can be chosen when you sign up to VIP and allows you to pay upfront for up to three years if you are a business, or four years for education and government.

Finally, the three year commit option is available when you qualify for VIP Select, and means you pay a set price  in return for maintaining your licence quantity over three years (commercial and government customers also get increased discounts).  You achieve VIP Select status when you buy ten or more licences (fifty for education).  As well as giving you the option to sign up for three year commit, it also gives you volume discounts on all purchases.

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Adobe Acrobat DC

The best way to get Adobe’s all-conquering PDF program is through the ‘Value Incentive Plan’, a subscription model that gives you access to the software itself, any updates as soon as they are released, mobile apps, and an Admin Console for managing multiple licences. This is the same model used to purchase Creative Cloud, and like Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC it can be purchased for teams or for enterprise.

Opting for a VIP subscription is better than buying Acrobat outright, as the subscription model gives you access to extra services and features not available in the perpetually licensed version (i.e. the version you can buy outright), including support for syncing PDFs across mobile devices, electronic signing within business apps and the ability to photograph any document with your iPad camera and convert it instantly to a PDF.

If you only need the desktop version of Acrobat and think you can do without the extra features, you can buy a perpetual licence via Adobe’s Transactional Licensing Program (TLP) or Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP).

The TLP is ideal if you want to place a large, one-off order. There is no contract and no membership requirement. You simply make one large transaction, and get better pricing the more licences you buy.

The CLP is for organisations who make purchases on a regular basis. You sign a two year membership deal, and get points for every Adobe purchase you make. The more points you accrue, the better your discount. The only thing to bear in mind is that in order to be able to join the CLP, your initial purchase needs to be worth 5000 Adobe points (the equivalent of about 12 commercial Acrobat Pro licences).

Adobe’s latest release of Acrobat DC supports Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, VMware Horizon and Microsoft App-V via the VIP named user model.  Windows Terminal Server is restricted to perpetual.

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Adobe Stock

If you’re a Creative Cloud customer you can choose to add an Adobe Stock subscription to your VIP membership.  The VIP model is the only one that can provide Adobe Stock, and it is only available as a team option.

Other packages

If you’ve not seen what you want here, you’re probably after something that’s only available on the TLP or CLP. The Elements range of apps (cut down versions of Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere Pro), Adobe Captivate, FrameMaker, FreeHand, PageMaker and ColdFusion, as well as tools like Adobe Meta Server, Tech Communications Suite and Font Folio, are all available on standalone perpetual licences, but not through any of the subscription options.

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Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise now available under VIP

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise now available under VIP

Great news for enterprise customers wanting to move to Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe’s enterprise-specific version, Creative Cloud for enterprise, is now available under the Value Incentive Plan (VIP), offering business customers advanced content protection, deployment and access control – all through a flexible licensing programme.

Here’s everything you need to know about what you get in Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, how it stacks up against Creative Cloud for teams, the different licensing options, and that all-important information – how much it’s going to cost you…

What is Creative Cloud for enterprise?

Just as Creative Cloud for teams is tailored towards creative teams, and Creative Cloud for education is the option for educational institutions, Creative Cloud for enterprise has been specifically designed for enterprise organisations. You of course get access to all the top creative apps you’d expect, including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and the rest, but also some nifty enterprise-only features.

It includes all the necessary licence management, deployment and content protection capabilities required to safeguard your organisation’s valuable creative assets, and it’s now available under the VIP programme, so you can access all these features without being tied into a multi-term contract.

Is Creative Cloud for enterprise for me?

If you have a dedicated IT resource and are looking to streamline management and have more control over your environment – including identifying and authenticating users, and protecting assets and documents – then Creative Cloud for enterprise is going to be ideal for you. Already a Creative Cloud for teams customer? If you want to upgrade to the enterprise version and receive all those extra features, you’ll just need to wait until your renewal window (30 days before and after the anniversary date).

What do I get?

As mentioned, with Creative Cloud for enterprise you get everything available in Creative Cloud for teams (essential creative apps, automatically updated at no extra cost, along with connected mobile apps, cloud storage, and online collaborative tools and services), plus:

Advanced licence management

– Integrate with existing corporate identity system single sign-on (SSO).

– Remove users or reassign licences individually or by group.

– Automatically remove users who leave the company when federated ID (SSO) is enabled.

Advanced security

– User authentication via federated ID (SSO) or Enterprise ID.

– Dedicated encryption key for at-rest assets (with domain claiming).

– Ownership of assets stored in the cloud.

Ability to turn on/off cloud services

– Limit non-core services for certain users or groups.

Enterprise-grade support

– Dedicated onboarding call.

– 24/7 support for IT and end users.

– Ability to open and track support cases.

– Unlimited expert services sessions.

How does buying under VIP compare to ETLA?

Creative Cloud for enterprise is available through either a VIP (Value Incentive Plan) or ETLA (Enterprise Term Licence Agreement).

VIP ETLA
Perfect for… Dynamic organisations. Large organisations who are stable or growing.
Licence type Subscription. Term.
Commitment Annual (option to extend up to three years). Three years.
Purchasing Transactional – buy and pay for users as needed. Consolidated – you can ‘true up’ your balance, but not down.
Minimum purchase No minimum. Approx 60 seats.
How much does it cost?

For customers on T1, the pricing costs £840 per user, per year for the All Apps package, and £360 per user, per year if you just opt for the Single App version. Under VIP you can access volume discounts the more licences you purchase, and you also have the option to sign up for a three year commitment to access an even higher level of discount. Find out more about Adobe VIP in this guide.

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise? Give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Your guide to the latest changes to Adobe VIP

Your guide to the latest changes to Adobe VIP

Earlier in March, Adobe made some changes to their Value Incentive Programme (VIP). But how do these updates affect you, dear Adobe user? As well as lowering the discount thresholds, Adobe also lowered the entry point for VIP Select status. 

VIP discount levels – old v new
Old (ended 4th March)
Discount level Price bands Discount levels Membership status
1 1-49 no discount VIP
2 50-249 2% VIP Select
3 250-999 3% VIP Select
4 1000+ 5% VIP Select
New (5th March onwards)
Discount level Price bands Discount levels Membership status
1 1-9 no discount VIP
2 10-49 5% VIP Select
3 50-99 10% VIP Select
4 100+ 10% VIP Select

As you can see from the table above, it’s now possible to get higher discounts on bulk purchases. Adobe Creative Cloud customers can qualify for the level changes in two ways:

1. Single transaction. When you place an order for a minimum licence quantity in a single transaction, your membership level will automatically be upgraded.

2. ‘Look-back’ at renewal. 31 days before your anniversary, Adobe will ‘look back’ at the total number of licences you purchased during the subscription term and re-level if required.

Just remember – the discount isn’t cumulative. This means incremental purchases (fewer than 10 licences per order) will only be totalled at look-back. Say, for example, you have 40 licences as of 4th March, and subsequently want to add another ten licences. This single transaction will uplift you to tier two, but you won’t be eligible for tier three until the look-back date.

VIP Select membership

Then we have VIP Select – this is a membership status that allows customers to opt for a three year commitment subscription. There are two subscription options for all VIP customers: The first is an annual subscription, which has a one year, upfront pay schedule; the second is an extended term option where you can set the subscription term length up to 36 months. This option is selected at the VIP invitation stage; again it requires payment upfront for the complete term.

VIP Select customers, however, have a third option – the three year commitment. If you go down this route, you’re committing to maintaining a minimum number of licences for three years; in return you get increased discounts, set pricing, and can continue to pay annually (see below).

VIP Select becomes VIP Select with 3 year commit
Level Discount Level Discount
2 5% 12 10%
3 10% 13 15%
4 10% 14 15%

To sign up for this option, you must have VIP Select membership status. When you qualify for VIP Select, you will be sent an email from Adobe with a link to accept the VIP amendment and enrol in the three year commitment.

An important point to note – if you accept the three year commitment, you can’t ‘true down’ to the true number of licences once enrolment is complete. If a three-year licence quantity is not renewed, licences will be returned and the three-year amendment is cancelled, new licences will then need to be purchased.

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Adobe Creative Cloud licensing explained

Adobe Creative Cloud licensing explained

With boxed copies of Adobe Creative Suite a thing of the past, and Creative Cloud taking over as the only way to get your fix of Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro and more, the old upgrade policy has also changed. So here’s our guide to the latest Adobe licensing options, including how to buy, what you’re likely to pay, and what you can do if you’re only after one specific Adobe application.

With Creative Cloud, Adobe want to make it easier (and ultimately cheaper!) to make sure you’re always on the most up-to-date software, and the best way to do this is with a subscription service. Before, when you bought a perpetual licence, it was effectively out of date the moment you installed the software on your machine. But by now subscribing to Creative Cloud for teams, you get instant access to any updates the moment they’re out. Not only that, you get maintenance and support bundled in, extras like Muse, Lightroom and Digital Publishing Suite, and all the collaborative benefits of working with clients and colleagues in the cloud.

So how do we buy into Creative Cloud?

To get Creative Cloud, the best thing would be to get in touch, as we can help set you up with a subscription. If you’re looking to deploy Creative Cloud for teams, there’s a new scheme to manage the process called the Value Incentive Plan (VIP). This lets you purchase, manage, and assign permissions to use Adobe software and services to users through a really simple, easy to use portal.

Basically, your Jigsaw24 contact sets up a VIP portal and invites you in, then you deploy the software as needed, and can monitor who’s got access to what. Becoming a VIP member also lets you keep track of all your Cloud seats in a single agreement with a single anniversary date, even if you add extra seats part way through the year, so you never lose track of what needs renewing.

What’s happened to TLP/CLP?

If you feel particularly averse to the cloud, you can stick to your old TLP (Transactional Licensing Program, where you make a single one-off purchase) or CLP (Cumulative Licensing Program, where you get discounts for buying more than eight seats) model and buy Adobe Creative Suite CS6. However, it’s very important to note that any future releases and updates to software will only be available through Creative Cloud. After that, Adobe will only release support for operating systems.

[UPDATE, 16/04/2014]: From 1st June 2014, Adobe CS6 will no longer be available in TLP and CLP licensing programmes, with the last order date being 30th May. Adobe are doing this to simplify their creative offering and decision making process for customers and by removing this option and focusing on Creative Cloud, it will be easier for all customers to stay up to date with the latest and greatest features and tools. If you have any questions about making the move to Creative Cloud, please get in touch!

But I only ever use one application…

Adobe have now released individual subscriptions for all their top Creative Cloud apps. So if you only need to do some retouching in Photoshop CC, only require the drawing tools in Illustrator CC, or could just do with InDesign CC for some page layout, you can do just that. With a Creative Cloud for teams single app subscription, you get access to the latest features of your Adobe CC app, but with the added benefit of predictable budgeting and some great online extras.

The obvious difference is that, while Creative Cloud for teams complete includes access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps and services (including the online collaborative tools and file sharing functionality), a single app plan only includes access to one app and limits the amount of storage to 20GB per user (100GB for the complete option). Additionally, while the single app version lets you sync, share and collaborate with colleagues, and create a customised online portfolio with Behance ProSite, you don’t have access to the full range of Creative Cloud apps.

To put that into perspective, with complete, you’re getting access to 19 apps, 6 additional web tools and 8 workflow apps. With single apps, you’re only getting access to one chosen app and Behance, but it is around half the price of the complete version’s promo price.

How much am I likely to pay?

You pay an annual subscription fee for whatever version of Creative Cloud you use. As of 1st June 2014, the standard fee is £455 per user, per year for access to practically every application Adobe produce, plus any updates and some tech support from Adobe.

Want to know more about subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

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