Adobe Creative Cloud at IU

Indiana University has renewed its three-year contract with Adobe, under which Creative Cloud software, storage, and services are available to IU faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.

For a full list of applications included in Adobe Creative Cloud, see Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 - All Apps.

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Licensing information

Entitlement and installation

To access Adobe Creative Cloud, IU faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students first need to request an entitlement through IUware. If you're an eligible user, you must complete this one-time requirement before you can log in to access Creative Cloud applications, storage, or services. After you request your entitlement, you'll be able to download and install Adobe software.

For full instructions for requesting an entitlement and downloading and installing Adobe software, see Get started with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Limit on concurrent activations

Adobe's Creative Cloud license allows two concurrent active instances of Creative Cloud. You can install Creative Cloud on as many computers as you wish, but you can only be logged in on two of them at any given time. If you attempt to log into a third instance, you will receive a warning and an opportunity to deactivate (i.e., log out of) the other instances. For this reason, if you have Creative Cloud installed on more than one computer, UITS recommends that you deactivate Creative Cloud any time you are not actively using it.


Under IU's contract with Adobe, Creative Cloud eligibility is limited to Indiana University faculty, faculty emeriti, staff, and currently enrolled students.

Additionally, under this contract, affiliates meeting the following criteria are eligible:

  • If IU did not exist, the organization would not exist; and
  • IU owns over 50% of the organization.

Clarifications about Creative Cloud

  • Creative Cloud is a subscription-based method of distributing Adobe software installers and updates. It is a shift in how you access the software installer that allows Adobe to push out rolling feature upgrades to products, rather than waiting 12-18 months for versions to be released. The software installers are managed through the cloud, but for the desktop applications, the software itself is still installed locally on your computer, allowing you to install individual applications instead of having to install the entire suite.
  • Creative Cloud includes a number of applications and services that are available only via Creative Cloud. The IU Adobe contract includes premium Creative Cloud services such as Typekit, Behance, Story Plus, and online storage. However, Adobe Stock, the online library of royalty-free photos, videos, illustrations, vectors, templates, and 3D assets, is not included in the IU contract. If an individual or department wishes to purchase Adobe Stock separately, send email to For a full list of applications included in Adobe Creative Cloud, see Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 - All Apps.
  • Creative Cloud does not encompass all Adobe software. At this point, applications such as ColdFusion, Photoshop Elements, Premier Elements, Captivate, and Presenter will still be distributed via IUware as individual software packages.

Information for departments only

All single-user machines require a named-user installation for all Creative Cloud applications, including Acrobat Pro. On multi-user machines, you can install the serialized version of Creative Cloud applications, but to remain compliant with the terms of IU's contract, all users accessing the software on those machines must have an entitlement.

  • Using UDM/CPE: All single-user machines must use a named-user license installation for Creative Cloud. The named-user license installer for the Creative Cloud Desktop Application plus Acrobat Pro is available via the Windows Device Management (UDM) and Apple Device Management (CPE) services. (For more about central software provisioning, see Get started with Windows device management and About Apple device management via Jamf Pro (formerly Casper Suite).) Users will then be able to choose additional applications to install. Serialized installers for multi-user machines, including labs, classroom instruction stations, infostations, and so on, are also available via the Global ConfigMgr (UDM) service. Departments may also package Creative Cloud applications for their own UDM site using the Creative Cloud Packager, available from IUware.
  • Not using UDM:/CPE Installers for managed systems not using UDM or CPE services can be built using the Creative Cloud Packager, available from IUware. For important updates and guidelines for packaged installation, see IUware's Creative Cloud Packager installation page.

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