A top gaming company jump-starts development and marketing with Adobe Creative Cloud for teams.
More fun for all
With more than 110 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the worldwide leading developers and publishers of complex, strategy-oriented online and mobile games. Currently, more than 300 people work at its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.
All of the company’s online games offer exceptional, exciting graphics, and a strategy-based orientation designed to keep players intrigued and outwitting their opponents. The goal—regardless of whether gamers have standard or premium accounts—is to optimize gaming excitement and gratification.
From Forge of Empires to Grepolis and the new Rising Generals, InnoGames provides some of the industry’s more popular browser-based games, and is now delivering mobile games as well. “A lot of what we do hinges on having great graphics and exciting, immersive gaming environments. Adobe Creative Cloud for teams is key to helping us achieve this,” says Dennis Heinert, head of public relations for InnoGames.
The strategic orientation and engaging, rich-media gaming experiences are paying off for InnoGames through rapid company growth. This, in turn, is spurring ongoing staff expansion to include more graphics and video artists, as well as marketing, software development, and IT staff. More than 100 team members at InnoGames rely on components of Adobe creative software for game design, development, and marketing, and that number grows every month.
InnoGames initially chose Adobe Creative Cloud for individuals to have access to the latest creative software and services. Working with reseller Systemhaus for you GmbH, and taking advantage of a promotional offer, the company recently upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams for ease of maintenance, ability to scale with company growth, and simpler bookkeeping. Additionally, Creative Cloud for teams enables InnoGames to quickly address changing client and team requirements and the flexibility to easily reassign licenses without having to deactivate a license at an individual workstation.
“After exploring individual Adobe Creative Cloud licenses we upgraded to Creative Cloud for teams, which makes it easier for us to equip our teams with software licenses as we grow and morph to meet customer and market demands,” says Tobias Protz, IT administrator, InnoGames. “We can assign and reassign licenses with ease.”
Making the most of visual assets
Using Adobe Photoshop CC, graphics staff members design 2D visual assets for games that are subsequently repurposed by marketers creating banner ads or wallpapers. Video professionals rely on Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC to create sequences and animations for use within games. They also use Adobe Flash Professional CC as an authoring environment for creating animations and multimedia content for games.
Marketers then capture in-game scenes from different mobile devices or browsers and repurpose them to create marketing materials that encourage gamers to try new games. They use Adobe After Effects CC to produce animations and sometimes include small interviews with game designers, developers, and artists. The resulting monthly podcasts, created from start to finish using Adobe software, are then published on YouTube to promote games and encourage community involvement among InnoGames players.
“Prior to Creative Cloud, we had issues with users being on different software versions, so they often had challenges transferring and sharing files with each other,” says Christopher Lindemann, IT department team lead. “Our ability to have graphic artists create game characters and scenes and then easily pass creative files along to our marketing team for generating promotional materials is essential in streamlining our workflow.”
Broadening the creative toolset while simplifying IT
By using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, both artists and marketing professionals at InnoGames have a wider range of software from which to choose, expanding their creative repertoire, and enriching marketing materials. “Adobe Creative Cloud for teams gives our teams the opportunity to expand their skillset with new software,” says Lindemann. “It is immediately cost efficient if you are using two to three software packages regularly; it just makes sense, because we’re able to use the entire portfolio of Adobe creative software.”
In addition to equipping artists and marketers with a broader set of creative tools, Adobe Creative Cloud for teams has streamlined administrative processes. The centralized administrative console of Creative Cloud for teams simplifies software deployment while providing a single view into license tracking, reducing IT administration and finance overhead and membership helps the finance team more easily predict spending.
“We previously had to audit every machine physically to see what software was on it. With the introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, we are really saving time during the purchase and deployment process,” says Lindemann. “Keeping track of our software inventory has become far easier and the time required to rassign a license has been reduced by up to 80%.”
Set for success
For InnoGames, Adobe Creative Cloud for teams has become integral to supporting a growing company with an expanding assortment of addictive games available across platforms. The company strives for quality and sophistication, and focuses on generating only about three games at a time. InnoGames also works to build a strong community and stay in close contact with its players to create a foundation that promotes the continued improvement of its games.
The formula for InnoGames is working, and its games are clearly infectious, with more than 110 million registered players and an ever-expanding audience. With Adobe creative and development solutions, the company is poised for further success and even higher levels of flexibility, efficiency, and customer loyalty.
“We continually look for ways to expand our reach and enrich our game and marketing content so that players get excited to continue to play and are eager to try out our new releases,” says Protz. “With Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, we are set to capitalize on even bigger opportunities, with greater flexibility and efficiency and the ability to engage audiences on almost any platform.”
Read the InnoGames case study.
A web services firm enhances design production, efficiency, and client service, while reducing licensing costs by more than 20% with Adobe Creative Cloud for teams.
Maximizing creativity and efficiency, minimizing overhead
South Korea-based Gabia Inc. specializes in Internet infrastructure services. The company provides its clients with everything from domain name registration and web hosting solutions to website design, image and video hosting, and e-learning solutions.
Marketing all of these services requires large volumes of brochures, sell sheets, event signage, customer case studies, and other materials with targeted messaging and eye-catching, effective design. As a vital part of the company’s operations, the design team’s task is twofold: On a day-to-day basis, they generate marketing materials that assist the company in winning new business; and focus on keeping existing customers loyal and up-to-date with new products and services.
“Effective, vibrant design is a part of everything we do to support our clients, our marketing and sales, and our overall brand,” says Kwangyoon Won, director of Gabia’s sales division. “We make it a priority to create innovative products and to support them in the marketplace by rigorously and continuously up-leveling our design and creative capabilities.”
Empowering creative teams
Because Gabia has an inherent and constant need to design and produce creative content, such as e-commerce sites for clients, as efficiently as possible, it’s a priority to equip teams with the right creative tools for the job. For years, Gabia has used Adobe creative software to enable a skilled staff of designers to maintain high standards for generating beautiful, professional materials—both to market their own products and create websites for clients. Adobe creative software has been the standard at the company due to its flexibility, power, integration, and rich feature sets.
As Gabia’s growth and innovation continued, the importance of staying current on the latest version of software and services became critical for delivering large amounts of design work. For the IT team, streamlining the management associated with software licensing and deployment would help eliminate the time-consuming task of managing individual license numbers and installing the necessary programs on the team’s desktops.
“Adobe creative tools are at the heart of our operation,” says Won. “Because we are efficiency-driven and Adobe software is so central to our business, we began looking at the different licensing models and options for the software.”
Collaborating in the cloud
After evaluating new licensing options from Adobe that would provide teams with the best solutions
while increasing efficiencies, Gabia chose Creative Cloud for teams. “With Creative Cloud for teams, our designers can download the software they need to either create marketing materials or design websites for clients. Constant updates are provided by Adobe so everyone can stay on the latest versions of software with ease,” says Won. “Creative Cloud for teams also offers 100GB of storage, so team members can exchange ideas on designs, regardless of location. Employees no longer need to email files or send drives back and forth because the current files are available to everyone on the team in the cloud.”
Creative Cloud for teams has streamlined collaboration and file sharing and virtually eliminated communication delays. The workflow has been greatly improved because fewer handoffs are required to accomplish tasks and individuals can accomplish more on their own with access to all of the intuitive new software available in Creative Cloud for teams.
Gabia can execute projects faster because contributors can simultaneously share the same files in Adobe Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC, or Illustrator CC, as they are working on them in the cloud. Each time layouts, typography, or images are revised, everyone on the team is apprised and working with the same versions of files.
More creative control, less coding
Speed and efficiency is necessary in streamlining production of marketing materials for Gabia products, but it is equally essential when accommodating client needs for new or revised materials. To meet this need, Gabia was able to try new creative tools available within Creative Cloud for teams (all at no extra charge with a Creative Cloud membership) including new creative tools that weren’t available previously in Creative Suite.
“It’s wonderful to be able to try new software that we probably would not have before,” says Won. “It has given us new creative functionality that is expanding our repertoire and removing some of the limitations of purchasing packaged software.”
Gabia’s designers have adopted Adobe Muse CC and Adobe Edge Tools and Services, both available in Creative Cloud for teams. With Muse CC, graphic designers can stretch their capabilities by publishing websites, that work well on virtually any device, without writing code; with Adobe Edge Animate CC, the team can add interactivity and animation to client websites. Both products extend the capabilities of Gabia’s design teams and accelerate delivery of customer requests for new websites or ongoing updates.
With Creative Cloud for teams, designers can save images directly from a layout for use on the web, or can quickly create responsive websites or animation effects without requiring special code development. “With Creative Cloud for teams, we now can perform small jobs, such as video coding or image resizing, without having to rely on a specialized designer, code developer, or video producer,” says Kim Sooyeon, assistant manager of Gabia’s creative division. “It results in faster turnaround time for our clients and a lot more creative autonomy for everyone.”
Easier on IT, significantly reduced costs
In addition to designers, the IT team is more efficient as well. With Creative Cloud for teams, Gabia can assign licenses to users through email using a web-based console to easily distribute the programs. Designers then download the software they need. An administrator no longer needs to manually check each serial number to install the necessary programs on individual desktops, freeing up IT time to spend on more strategic activities.
Gabia as a whole has also experienced greatly reduced licensing costs. “With Creative Cloud for teams, our licensing costs were cut by more than 20% in comparison to desktop software,” says Won. “At Gabia, we will continue to use Creative Cloud for teams; it’s now a part of our core infrastructure for inventing and delivering new creative businesses and catering faster and better to our clients.
Read the Gabia Inc. case study.
At Adobe, we take the security of your digital experiences seriously.
This white paper describes the proactive approach and procedures implemented by Adobe to increase the security of your Creative Cloud experience and data.
The paper provides details related to the security architecture and functionality available in Creative Cloud for teams. It also outlines the security policies and practices implemented by Adobe and our trusted partners as part of the ongoing development of Creative Cloud. From our rigorous integration of security into our internal software development process to the tools used by our cross-functional incident response teams, we strive to be proactive and nimble.
Security threats and customer needs are ever-changing; we’ll update the information in this white paper as necessary to address these changes.
Adobe Creative Cloud for teams standardizes a studio’s design workflow.
AppStudioz is an innovative web and mobile application development company that specializes in developing applications for various platforms and devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, and Facebook. In just three years, the company has developed apps for diverse industry segments including healthcare, consumer and retail, gaming, augmented reality, and wearable computing.
Although the dynamics of such a nascent industry keep evolving, core app design remains at the heart of what AppStudioz does to deliver its services across the world. The company needed a platform that would enhance the creative ability of its design team and one that was easily scalable and agile. A cloud-based solution emerged as a default answer.
“When we started our cloud discussions, we did a lot of research and held extensive sessions with designers,” says Preeti Singh, vice president of technology at AppStudioz. “After careful deliberations, top management, designers, and the IT team collectively and unanimously decided to adopt Adobe Creative Cloud for teams.”
For AppStudioz, adopting Adobe solutions was a natural choice primarily because the platform is an industry standard and the firm was already using Adobe tools extensively—specifically Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Additionally, a majority of its clients based in the United States and the United Kingdom had already adopted Adobe Creative Cloud; using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams helps standardize the process for the company and its clients.
Broadening designer expertise
The migration to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams took two weeks and was completed without any work disruption. The Adobe team helped AppStudioz train designers and programmers on Creative Cloud tools. “The ease of use of all the components of Adobe Creative Cloud for teams allowed us to quickly train our team on these tools to deliver great results for clients,” says Singh.
AppStudioz works extensively in the area of scalable graphics and Adobe Creative Cloud tools, specifically Adobe Photoshop CC, come in very handy. Photoshop CC makes it easy for AppStudioz’s designers to customize vectors at any point in the design stage. For instance, previously, if there was a figure with four sharp edges and designers wanted to make those edges rounded, they had to remake the entire figure. With Photoshop CC, designers can bring in alterations at any stage. “Such innovative features have given our designers the power to create newer designs with ease and efficiency,” says Singh.
The design team at AppStudioz is a mix of graphic designers, illustrators, and user interface designers, all using different Creative Cloud tools. “Adobe Creative Cloud tools integrate flawlessly with each other, which lets our designers concentrate on the creative challenges before them and not get bogged down in the technology,” says Singh.
With Creative Cloud, AppStudioz designers can start creating images in Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC and later open them in Adobe Dreamweaver CC or Flash Professional CC. Further, the team can switch back-and-forth between the tools and experiment with designs to get different results. “The integration among the tools in Creative Cloud has gone a long way in making our workflows smoother,” says Singh.
Adobe Creative Cloud for teams enables the AppStudioz design teams to work and collaborate from anywhere in the world. Additionally, it has helped the firm’s designers to explore new approaches for designing and developing content delivered across various channels and devices. Migrating to Adobe Creative Cloud gives the creative team the flexibility to work effectively at any location and experiment with the latest tools to deliver content across platforms and devices with ease.
Raising productivity while lowering total cost of ownership
The streamlined administration in Adobe Creative Cloud for teams has greatly helped AppStudioz to eliminate time-consuming manual processes such as installing packaged software and maintaining version consistency. It has also helped raise productivity across the company by simplifying software administration with license management, automated tracking, and version upgrades.
For AppStudioz, Creative Cloud for teams membership has significantly reduced the total cost of ownership for Adobe solutions by creating a standardized model for purchasing and deploying the most current versions of Adobe Creative Cloud tools. “The predictable, easily managed membership model in Creative Cloud for teams eliminates having to deal with lump-sum software purchases,” says Singh. In addition, Adobe Creative Cloud helps support AppStudioz’s rapid growth and streamlines management of creative tools for designers.
“Our firm is continually growing and changing,” says Singh. “Adobe Creative Cloud for teams is helping us manage this growth and scale up rapidly by giving ready access to the latest creative tools to our designers.”
Read the AppStudioz case study.
A global media and technology company at the intersection of content and commerce, POPSUGAR is a go‐to destination for the biggest moments, the hottest trends, and the best tips in entertainment, celebrity, fashion, beauty, fitness, food, parenting, and shopping.
POPSUGAR Studios develops, produces, and distributes original branded video content both live and on‐demand, providing user access to the best in editorial content. Offering more than 250 new, original videos, POPSUGAR Studios delivers programming to an audience of over 3,120 million visitors each month.
Tell us what you’re doing at POPSUGAR.
We redesigned our sites earlier this year with an updated look and feature enhancements. Additionally, we streamlined our content channels to optimize editorial slideshows, videos, and more. We’re also producing a live, daily news show, POPSUGAR Live!, which airs online twice a day from our Los Angeles and New York studios, streams continuously, and is also available on‐demand. Our properties rely heavily on video content and currently produce over 3,000 unique videos per year and growing!
What prompted the move to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams?
Our post‐production team in Los Angeles used to use Final Cut Pro and recently decided to switch to Adobe Premiere Pro for better functionality and integration. I had been looking for an excuse to try out Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. It made sense for us to make the change after weighing the cost and access to a variety of video apps and services. We’re starting out with 27 licenses for our post‐production team, with plans to expand to other groups in the future.
Did you have any concerns about moving to Creative Cloud for teams?
Not really. We were worried at first about a SaaS offering, but all of the software is fully downloadable. It’s the same rich client that everyone’s familiar with, not a watered‐down version of the software. Because we keep a lean IT staff, the teams version actually helps us and allows users to add and remove seats as needed.
What would you say are the IT benefits of running Adobe Creative Cloud for teams?
In IT, it seems there is a constant struggle to make license management easier. I remember a time, not long ago, when I’d be searching high and low for discs with stickers, or papers stuffed in drawers, or trying to administer through an online portal, and it was always difficult to tell which vendor we purchased from, which team we purchased for, and when software was due for renewal. Moving licenses around was also a hassle. There was constant concern that costly software licenses might sit somewhere unused. With Creative Cloud for teams, the Admin Console interface is very straightforward. It’s easy to administer and assign others to administer. Team leads can be assigned to manage their own groups. It’s great, and I’m happy we’ve gone in this direction.
How does this compare to how you used to buy software?
IT used to be pretty locked down. We have a dispersed workforce so emailing license keys and sending discs through the mail is a practice we try to avoid. With Creative Cloud for teams, compliance is a lot easier. Downloading the needed Creative Suite software is simple, as is the ability to inventory installed software. With the move to cloud, it’s common to pay a monthly subscription for almost everything. It’s a model we’re used to, and it’s much easier to keep our software up‐to‐date.
How has the post‐production team responded to the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud for teams?
Our teams are happy with the move. With all the offerings, we encourage our editors and designers to download new software and try it out. It’s an interesting scenario because it’s no longer IT dictating which products teams can have; it’s now the teams telling IT which products fit their needs. This is a great way to promote creativity and productivity.
How are staff members reacting to the storage and collaboration capabilities of Adobe Creative Cloud for teams?
We’ve seen a lot more collaboration across multiple locations. I think we’ve used every collaboration tool available, and everybody understands the benefits of saving and sharing files through the cloud. The most interesting thing to see moving forward, as people get used to the software, is how workflows will evolve. I think we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what we’ll be able to do, and I look forward to seeing what people discover as they dig deeper into Creative Cloud for teams.
We’ve been busy here at Adobe – especially on the Creative Cloud for teams front. A few weeks ago, we announced the addition of a new membership plan called Creative Cloud for teams single app, which lets teams choose from one of the brand new CC apps. An increasing number of creative shops like emc design and Red Antler are using Creative Cloud for teams to get great work out the door even faster.
Since Creative Cloud for teams is still new to some, folks want to know more about it. If you’re one of them, check out the infographic below — it breaks down what the membership offers and debunks some common myths about the cloud.
Find out more about Creative Cloud for teams here.
Update: October 18, 2013: A few months ago we welcomed emc design to Creative Cloud for teams. Take a look and see how they’re benefiting now:
Welcome to Creative Cloud, emc design (@emcdesignltd). This UK-based design shop recently announced on their blog that they’ve signed up for Creative Cloud for teams. In their post, they list several of the features that are helping them streamline their workflow and create even better work.
As you can see, not even a burglary has kept them from producing top-notch work, thanks to CC. Here are just some of the advantages that emc design laid out in their post:
- Every staff member is granted access to all of the Creative Cloud applications from anywhere, which increases flexibility for remote working and gives people the option of working at home when deadlines are tight. Because pulling an all-nighter is a lot better when you can do it in your sweatpants, on your couch, with real food, instead of in a dark office with only cold pizza and vending machine snacks to munch on.
- emc staff has access to the latest creative tools, which lets them experiment more and push their creative boundaries. No more waiting for the newest tool, only to see your competition get it first.
- We’ve all lost valuable time, or even missed deadlines, due to IT issues. But with CC, administrators at emc can easily manage licenses and install applications – case in point, after their office was burglarized, they were able to quickly re-install Creative Cloud on 5 new Macs and keep producing their best work without skipping a beat.
Update: August 15, 2013: Creative Cloud for teams single app is now available for purchase through resellers worldwide. Purchase before August 31, 2013 and receive the same pricing at your first renewal (this applies to either a Creative Cloud for teams complete or single app plan)! That means, all your favorite CC apps like Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC for your team at a reduced rate for up to two years.
To find a reseller near you, visit our Partner Finder site. Simply enter your city, country and then choose “online retail” under the specialization category. This will provide a list of resellers you may contact in your area to purchase Creative Cloud for teams single app.
Late last year Adobe announced Creative Cloud for teams, which includes the very latest CC desktop apps, updates to those apps the moment they are released, and all of the services and business features a team needs to create their best work and collaborate with peers. Today, we are excited to announce the addition of a new plan called Creative Cloud for teams single app.
With a membership to Creative Cloud for teams single app, you can select from one of the brand new CC apps – Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, etc. – and you’ll also get 20GB of storage, the ability to sync, store and share your work and seamlessly collaborate with colleagues, as well as access to Behance ProSite so you can publish to the world’s leading creative community. That’s 1.6 million creative professionals viewing your projects!
The Creative Cloud for teams complete and single app plans are both managed by an easy-to-use, web-based admin console, so your plan administrator can centrally purchase, deploy and manage seats across your organization. So regardless of if your team needs access to all of the CC apps, or just one, everyone can reap the benefits of Creative Cloud for teams.
Creative Cloud for teams single app can be pre-ordered via resellers worldwide beginning Aug 1 (for shipment on Aug 15), and on Adobe.com in the coming months. Check with your reseller for pricing. Adobe’s suggested pricing is US$29.99 per user per month, or US$19.99 per user per month for customers with Creative Suite 3 and above and Creative Cloud for teams complete. We can’t wait to share more as it becomes available.
Many companies are born out of a simple solution to a specific problem. For UK manufacturer UNICOL, this solution was a stand to hold a slide projector. Fifty years later, the company is a leading manufacturer and supplier of mounting solutions for a broad range of audio visual equipment. UNICOL creates wall, ceiling, and floor brackets for LCDs and projectors, as well as video walls for large displays.
IT Technician, Mike Butterworth, says that UNICOL relied on Adobe Creative Suite software for years to create the company’s detailed product catalogs and other marketing and sales support materials. Recently, UNICOL made the switch to Adobe Creative Cloud for teams to provide the marketing department with access to a broader toolset, regular software updates, and simplified purchasing and deployment.
Adobe: What were you working with before joining Adobe Creative Cloud for teams and why did you decide to upgrade?
Butterworth: We previously had four licenses of Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium. We were working with an outside designer for a large AV tradeshow in Europe and had some difficulty exchanging files because the designer was using Creative Suite 6 software. We were already working with our system integrator, Softcat, on some server workstation upgrades and decided to add the Adobe Creative Cloud for teams membership to that deal.
Adobe: What cost and deployment benefits have you seen?
Butterworth: We don’t have a large deployment, but Creative Cloud for teams was still easier to deploy than the perpetual software. I just filled in the names, hit invite, and the team was able to start downloading and working with the software. Before making the purchase, we compared the cost to upgrade our CS4 Design Premium license to the cost of Creative Cloud for teams and felt that the cloud offering was more cost effective given the additional software and future licensing costs. We also have a continuous licensing model with Microsoft, so purchasing software in this manner just made sense.
Adobe: What were the main drivers for you to join Creative Cloud for teams?
Butterworth: Access to all of the products in Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection was a key factor. We previously had to pick and choose what suite to purchase and sometimes had to purchase point products if they weren’t included in the suite we chose. In addition to the broad set of Creative Suite tools we can now use through the cloud, we also appreciate having access to new tools and services available only through Creative Cloud, such as Adobe Muse.
Adobe: How important are the regular Creative Cloud updates?
Butterworth: The frequent software updates in Creative Cloud and the ability to gain access to the latest features and enhancements as soon as they are available is very valuable. We no longer have to worry about compatibility issues with our outside designers and can immediately take advantage of new features that can make our processes more efficient.
Adobe: What type of content are you creating and how has it changed since joining Creative Cloud?
Butterworth: A large portion of the work we do is print based catalogs. We also create advertising materials for the trade press and support customers with imagery of parts and products. With Creative Cloud for teams, we’re looking at creating product assembly and demonstration videos with Adobe Premiere Pro, which was previously out of scope of products available to us. Some of our products are static, while others are dynamic and functional, so video demonstrations will be very useful. We’re also looking into Adobe Muse to see if it can be used to create content that installers can easily access on their smartphones when they’re in the field, rather than lugging around print-based installation guides.
Adobe: What feedback have you received from the team using the solution?
Butterworth: The marketing director splits his time between working from the office and working remotely, so he likes being able to access Creative Cloud from more than one location. I also do some photography and web development for the company and can sync my files to the cloud and then use the collaboration features to share the files with our marketing manager. It’s really convenient. It’s been a very smooth transition for us and we look forward to exploring even more Creative Cloud benefits over the next year.
An American Bar Association survey found that half of Americans would search online to find a lawyer if they needed one. One of their likely destinations is FindLaw.com, the world’s most popular destination for consumers looking for legal information or an attorney. Or they may end up at one of the websites designed by FindLaw for attorneys and small law firms. FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business, specializes in designing award-winning websites that help law firms connect with qualified clients. Design manager Abraham Bumpus says his team of 27 designers uses Adobe Creative Cloud for teams to develop both traditional web and mobile solutions. Abe estimates each designer works on at least 100 sites every year using solutions such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, delivering properly layered PSD files without writing code. The team may also produce associated identity materials using Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro.
As design manager, Abe recommended purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud for teams to accommodate his diverse and dispersed staff of full-time employees, which include flex-time, in-office, and remote-access designers. So far, Abe says the transition to the Cloud has been great—for him and his staff.
Adobe - Tell us about yourself.
Abe - I have a multimedia degree in visual communications from Collins College in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve worked for printers, agencies, and corporations doing design, project management, and operations. I have a freelance business building websites, too.
After I moved to Minnesota, I applied at FindLaw as a design team lead. I saw a lot of opportunity as Thomson Reuters is a huge proponent of technology. I do a lot of management and provide direction for the team. I manage mobile processes and work with the product and marketing teams to bring new products to market. The best part is mentoring employees and working with others to get the right products to FindLaw’s customers.
Adobe - Why is Adobe Creative Cloud for teams such a good solution for FindLaw?
Abe - First, Creative Cloud is amazing because you get all the software in one seat. Because I do freelance work at home, I got a Creative Cloud membership for myself for $29 a month and have been using it consistently. That’s how I knew Creative Cloud for teams would be a great solution for FindLaw. Employees have access to their day-to-day tools, plus other tools that they may use less frequently. We can experiment with what’s new and learn about different tools and improve the way we do things. That’s why Creative Cloud is sweet.
Adobe - How has the team responded to working in the Cloud?
Abe - The experience has been huge for the design team. It is especially great for employees who work remotely, or split their time between our office and their home office, because they have the same access no matter where they are. They love that they can more easily share files.
We’ve also been able to apply it to initiatives we’re doing here. We’re establishing more of a collaborative, agency-style workflow. The Cloud is awesome because the team can review and approve projects and send them right back—it saves a lot of time.
Adobe - How did your team previously handle approvals?
Abe - It was a bit of an outdated process. We’d send an email with an attachment, which could be very large. Or we’d Skype and share screens. If we put the file on an in-house file server, it could be slow to access, especially when you have to wait to upload a 50 megabyte file and then have to download it on the other end.
With Creative Cloud, this process is eliminated. We can view files in the browser, add notes, and shoot them back to the folder. I think it cuts half an hour to an hour out of review and approval for each project.
Adobe - You’ve been handling administration personally. What has that experience been like?
Abe - It’s really been pretty easy. I simply enter the email address of the person I need to add into Team Management. The employee gets an email and sign’s up. I can also reassign seats easily. I have done that quite a bit. We have contractors that we bring in and I just add them to the team, and reassign the seats when they’re done. We don’t have to buy new software, so it’s a huge benefit from a financial standpoint.
Adobe - What was it like in the past when it came time to upgrade?
Abe - I went through the upgrade to Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver CS5. We had to get approval of $30,000 for the whole team, which is a big request. It was a complicated process to get everything approved and to justify the upgrade to management. Then we had to go through installation. Now, I can pay the monthly fee and I don’t have to wait for access codes or someone to install it. We just manage everything through the browser.
Plus, it makes sense financially. I pitched using Creative Cloud to my management and explained how easy and cost-effective it would be to leverage new technology. It’s great to be able to offer a solution that leads to efficiency and cost-savings.
Adobe - Besides the design team members, who else benefits from FindLaw’s Adobe Creative Cloud for teams membership?
Abe - We have our design team of approximately 30 employees plus our support and maintenance teams, which is nearly 40 licenses. We’ve also have a development team of 17 employees that have Adobe Photoshop licenses for the Cloud. All they need is Photoshop, but I encouraged them to use Creative Cloud.
Adobe - What are your favorite tools in Adobe Creative Cloud?
Abe - I love Adobe InDesign. I have since my first job. Right now, I’m just digging in to Adobe Edge Tools & Services. I’m particularly interested in Edge Reflow for responsive design work. I’ve also put a site together in Adobe Muse. I’m looking at all of those solutions right now. I’m always on the lookout for better tools.