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Adobe Products: Help us find ways to reduce cost

by Mur Muchane

Adobe recently announced that there will no longer be new versions of the Creative Suite of products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.) offered through the traditional suite model. Instead, Adobe is transitioning to a subscription-based model called Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud licensing terms limit each license to a single user or installation versus the existing largely concurrent use arrangement.

The upshot of this change for Davidson is that our annual cost for Adobe products will increase from $20,000 to over $200,000 for existing campus licenses. Our extensive negotiations with Adobe in collaboration with other colleges and universities for consortium pricing have been unfruitful. The financial impact is huge and we need your assistance in looking for creative ways to reduce our campus-wide use of Adobe products. To this end, we kindly request that you complete the survey at the link below to help us build a complete picture of our actual usage and the viability of alternatives. If you oversee computers other than your primary office computer that use Adobe applications (work study stations, scanning stations, etc), please be sure to include those uses in your survey responses as well.

Complete the Adobe Survey

We ask that you complete the survey by Wednesday, February 12.