Let me set the scene for a moment. We are in casa Gibson. Now I know that you are probably picturing some picturesque castle or thatched cottage on the foothills of some rolling green Irish mountain. Perhaps your vision is temporarily interrupted by the livestock crossing your field of vision. But alas my attempts to convince Adobe to allow me to work from such a scenic remote location (using a 56k modem) have not come to fruition.
In casa Gibson I am quite happy to cook and serve dinner to my family most nights. I try and predict what everyone would like to eat on any given night, i give them the portion size I think is correct, apply the right amount of seasoning, you see where I am going with this right. However when I bring the dinner to the table, It is invariably only a matter of time before somebody says ” I didn’t want that” , “you forgot my drink” , “can I have the blue cup instead of the red cup” or “My friend said her family eat a new type of synthetic cheese, why can’t we have that ?”.
So I gleefully look forward to the nights when I can make Tex-Mex . You know why ? Because I can just put everything on the table, the cheese, the salsa, the guacamole, the fajitas etc.. I can sit down knowing I don’t need to get back up again. Everybody can choose what they want/need and get on with enjoying their lovely food while I relax with a nice cold bottle of beer (insert your favourite beer here). You see sometimes it is nice if you just lay out the options and let people help themselves. Perhaps they want cheese today but maybe tomorrow they don’t.
Now I know what you are thinking. That guys family sound awful and can you tell me why this is in any way relevant to me.
Well, we have heard consistently from many IT admins that while Named Licensing benefits their creative end users it also introduces a potential issue for IT. The Creative Cloud Desktop app has an “Apps” panel which allows end users to install applications, apply updates as soon as they come out and un-install applications when they are either finished with it or wish to update to the latest version. Many IT admins choose to disable the apps panel because their end users do not have administrative privileges of their own system. This can be for a myriad of reasons.
We have now introduced the capability for the IT admin to allow the Creative Cloud Desktop application to run with elevated privileges. So if you choose, you can change the setting in either Creative Cloud Packager or the deployment section of the Enterprise Console and allow end user’s who are not admins on their system to install, update or remove the Creative Cloud Applications that have been conferred to them via the Enterprise console. This option will be visible in Creative Cloud Packager the next time you re-launch.
This has the capability to really empower end user’s and at the same time remove much of the overhead from the IT administrator. I know this option will not be appealing to all organisations but it is just that, an option.
Below is some screen grabs of the option in Creative Cloud Packager & the Enterprise Console.
You can configure this for new packages or if you wish to deploy to existing clients you can create a package that just includes the Creative Cloud Desktop app. More details on how to do this can be found here.
Karl Gibson | Senior Product Manager | Creative Cloud Enterprise