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Creative Cloud for Teams – Ideal for Charities

Here is a great video cartoon that’s engaging and fun. It explains why Creative Cloud for Teams is such a great solution for Charities.

http://youtu.be/4FCjqGnqyx0

CCfT has Educational pricing for charities and some not-for-profit organisations, so if you’re not sure what’s included then here’s a link to the web site for details of all the latest products and services:

http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/creativecloud/tools-and-services.edu.html

Special pricing for Creative Cloud complete plan plus additional benefits for teams of 2–100 users @ £24.61 per month (excl. VAT)

  • Centralized administration, deployment, purchasing, and license management console
  • Two one-on-one Expert Services sessions per user, per year
  • Requires annual commitment with monthly billing; team price is per user monthly

Note: We don’t recommend CCfT for schools as every user requires an Adobe ID, but CCfT is ideal for charities wanting to promote their organisations and raise money, or as a solution for marketing teams and administrators within Higher and Further Education.

Creative Cloud Deployment Resources

My thanks to Steve Adler for this great article on deployment resources for Creative Cloud. Check out Steve’s blog at:

http://blogs.adobe.com/edtechatadobe/2013/08/adobe-creative-cloud-for-education-deployment-resources.html

Adobe Creative Cloud for Education Deployment Resources

Adobe Creative Cloud for Education Deployment Resources

Adobe Family of Deployment Tools for Enterprise

Adobe Family of Deployment Tools for Enterprise

The enterprise deployment tools

Since the release of the Adobe Creative Cloud for Enterprise (CCE) and the Creative Cloud Packager for Enterprise (CCP) this past June, many institutions are preparing their images and applications for fall semester deployment. These tools are free and are used when deploying applications in the Enterprise. Information about these tools and links to these applications can be found at the URLs below and also on your Adobe Licensing Portal (LWS)In this post we will review the role of CCP and it associated tools. To make things easier, a list of resources follows at the end of this post.

Background

Beginning with CS6 was released, Adobe has been hard at work in providing a more enterprise-friendly environment for packaging and provisioning the applications for deployment across the campus. The individual application installers are being standardized so that they can be packaged into either a .MSI file for Windows or a .PKG file for Mac. These common installer file types can distributed by any means that support them.

Changes to packaging process when deploying CCE

Unlike CS6, CCE packages must be packaged thorough the CCP dashboard. This is an application downloaded from the Adobe Licensing Portal (LWS). CCP will then pull the applications from the Adobe Cloud Server to the local IT admin machine where they can be serialized and packaged for distribution to the machines across campus. The advantage of this packaging is that the software will be pre-activated so that once placed on the destination machine, there will be no need to “phone home” periodically (as it does for named user installations like CC for individuals and Teams). This type of packaging and deployment is known as Anonymous (or machine-based deployment). Note: unlike  CS6, there is no ability to enter serial numbers to the individual applications when used in the enterprise. They must be entered via the CCP tool or the Adobe Application Provisioning Tool (AAPT).

Distributing packages

Some common methods for distribution include:

  • Cloning image masters for replication on client machines using such tools as Casper, Ghost, and Apple Remote Desktop to name a few.
  • Pushing these packages though Microsoft SCCM, Altiris, or ARD, for example
  • When network access to the client machine is not practical. placing the package file on the computer desktop and double-clicking will extract it. You must then delete the package file.

Application exceptions when packaging with CCP

While most of the applications for CCE can be packaged with the CCP dashboard, there are still a few that have not bee standardized to run in the common packaging environment. Adobe is working on getting these applications into the CCP family, but until then these applications need to be installed differently.

As of this post, the exceptions are:

  • Windows – LightRoom 5, Acrobat XI, Muse, and the Edge family of applications still under developer preview in Adobe Labs.
  • Macintosh – Muse, and the Edge family of applications still under developer preview in Adobe Labs.

Working with Exceptions

Since there are still a few applications that fall outside of the CCP environment, these applications each have a slightly different procedure and requirement for proper deployment. The steps and requirements are available at http://tinyurl.com/ccpackager.

If you do not follow these steps, the apps under exception will not install properly. This includes installing as a trial, or not installing at all so please be sure to review the instructions and test prior to full deployment. The Community Forum is a good place to get more info and answers to specific problems. The Link for the CCE forum can be found here

http://forums.adobe.com/community/download_install_setup/creative_suite_enterprise_deployment

Deploying Acrobat

In Enterprise environments where you are deploying many Acrobat XI installs, you may want to consider packaging Acrobat with the Acrobat Customization Wizard available as part of the Acrobat Enterprise Toolkit at http://tinyurl.com/acroetk. To use this tool, you will enter a separate Acrobat SN in LWS, not the SN supplied with the CC apps. Once the Packages are created they can be deployed as part of your normal distribution process.

Additional Resource Links •    CREATIVE CLOUD PACKAGER DOCUMENTATION

http://tinyurl.com/ccpackager

•    CREATIVE CLOUD TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

http://tinyurl.com/cctechnical

•    ENTERPRISE TOOLKIT FOR ACROBAT

http://tinyurl.com/acroetk

•    WHAT’S NEW IN CREATIVE CLOUD http://tinyurl.com/ccnewfeatures •    ENTERPRISE DEPLOYMENT WEBSITE

http://tinyurl.com/csdeploy

•    LICENSING AND INSTALLATION BLOG

http://blogs.adobe.com/oobe

Exclusive New Photoshop Features

More features. More reasons to join.

Become an Adobe Creative Cloud™ member, and get access to over a dozen exclusive, new Adobe Photoshop features for web, photography, design and more, including:

  1. Smart Objects. Now even smarter. Now, with Smart Object support for the Blur Gallery and Liquify effects, you can create photographic blurs – on stills and video – and reshape images non-destructively. Watch now: http://mail.adobe-direct.com/r?xTlTWWHEPJWHncEvWqvPcPc
  2. CSS support for improved web design. Export CSS code for text and objects and import colour swatches from HTML and CSS files to more easily design your websites. Watch now: http://mail.adobe-direct.com/r?xTlTWWHEPJvqWnEvWqvPcnT
  3. New possibilities in 3D. Now, you can use a 32-bit colour picker to create amazing glow effects, improved real-time previews of shadow effects, reflection roughness and refraction. Watch now: http://mail.adobe-direct.com/r?xTlTWWHEPJvqqqEvWqvPcTc

All the tools you use, always up to date.

As a Creative Cloud member, you’ll always have the latest releases of Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® and the entire collection of Adobe Creative Suite® tools – in one perfect package. You can pick from membership plans available for individuals and teams.

Learn more: http://www.adobe.com/ie/products/creativecloud.html?trackingid=KDAEP

Behance: New Social Community Capability for Creative Cloud

Adobe Acquires Behance to Drive New Community Capabilities in Creative Cloud

Acquisition Enables Millions of Creative Cloud and Behance Members to Create, Share, Showcase and Publish Their Work

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 20, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Behance, a leading online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work. With over 1 million members, the acquisition of Behance accelerates Adobe’s strategy to bring great community features to Creative Cloud, making it the ultimate hub for creatives worldwide. Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is an industry-defining shift in creative expression and inspiration, where members can access Adobe’s world-class creative tools and services and create, publish and share their work across devices, the desktop and the Web.

“When we launched Creative Cloud earlier this year, we committed that we would give members new value on an ongoing basis.  Last week, we launched new training features, file synchronization and sharing capabilities, digital publishing services and significant updates to a number of our tools, including Photoshop,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Adobe. “Behance will play a key role in Adobe’s efforts to serve the creative world in the years to come and will accelerate our efforts to enable a more open and collaborative creative community.”

In the last 30 days, portfolios on Behance-powered sites have received over 90 million views and today there are over 3 million projects hosted on the Behance platform.

“We set out to connect the creative world and maximize the exposure that creatives receive for their work,” said Scott Belsky, co-founder and chief executive officer, Behance. “As creatives rely more on the social Web for collaboration and opportunity, creative people and teams will benefit from Behance’s community features integrated into the creative process. We’re thrilled to join Adobe and empower creative careers on a global scale.”

For further details on today’s announcement visit David Wadhwani’s blog and Behance’s blog.

As well as providing a showcase for creative work across industries and disciplines, Behance also powers the portfolio display for thousands of other websites around the Web, including AdWeek, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and The Smithsonian National Design Awards. As Behance has grown, it has evolved into more than a destination that creatives use to forge connections. Behance has now become a place where creative professionals also find work and market their unique skills. Adobe plans to integrate Behance’s community and portfolio capabilities with Adobe Creative Cloud, allowing members to seamlessly create content, seek feedback, showcase their work and distribute it across devices.

An FAQ on the acquisition can be found at: http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressmaterials/pdfs/Behance_External_FAQ.pdf

Adobe Education at BETT

Adobe will be at BETT 2013 next week (Jan 30 – Feb 2) although not on our own stand. You’ll find us at three different locations, supporting partners. So, if you want to come and talk to the Adobe team, there will be two of us on each of the following stands for the duration of the show:

C31 – Edmix Startup Pavilion

Edmix runs Europe’s largest community of edtech start-ups and will be hosting the ‘Startup Pavilion’ for 20x edtech start-ups to exhibit their products and innovation to over 35,000 education professionals. edmix will be running an amazing edtech pitching competition – PitchFest, with a staggering prize-pot worth more than £15K (in-kind value and support)! It’s an amazing opportunity for edtech start-ups to pitch their business to a fantastic panel of judges, live on Friday February 1st at the Startup Pavilion. Further information about edmix and the competition can be found at edmix.com.

Late on Thursday afternoon Adobe will be presenting the Creative Clod on the Edmix stand.

C250 – Samsung Electronics

As a world leader in consumer electronics and IT technology, Samsung has a history of commitment to the education sector.  We work hard to understand the needs of both teachers and their students. We design and develop specialist educational products which greatly improve staff and student productivity.  With continual investment in innovation and a core focus on quality, our solutions are designed to enhance learning for every student. Visit us at stand C250, entrance N6 and see just how intuitive and empowering technology can be. Transform your learning environment today with Samsung.

www.samsung.com/uk

F54 – Albion Computers, KRCS Group and Western Computer

Albion Computers, KRCS Group and Western Computer work together to provide Apple Education Solutions across the UK. As Apple Solutions Experts in Education we can work with you to transform teaching and learning. We have a deep understanding of Apple products and a broad knowledge of the issues facing educators. We can help you create and maintain state-of-the-art education solutions that will engage students, enhance their performance, and work within your existing infrastructure.

The Adobe presenation – Creative Cloud in the Classroom – will be shown each day at 13:15 pm

On all of the stands the Adobe Education team will be available to show visitors the Creative Cloud – http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/creativecloud.edu.html – and talk about our technology roadmap as well as the new subscription licensing programme for schools – Education Enterprise Agreement.

We’ve got a lot to talk about, wiso come and see us.

 

 

Create Now – What’s Next for Creative Cloud?

 On Tuesday December 11 we’ll be making some exciting announcements about Creative Cloud:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Now Available in Creative Cloud

Here’s a great new addition to Creative Cloud ….. Lightroom 4

Photography Workflow Software Joins Other Leading Tools as Part of Adobe Creative Cloud Membership

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 26, 2012 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software is now available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™ membership. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase images. A new membership-based offering centered around the company’s design, Web, video and digital imaging tools, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work.*

“The addition of Lightroom to Creative Cloud delivers on our promise to bring the best in Adobe innovation to Creative Cloud members,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Over the next few months we’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping Creative Cloud members up to date with the latest advancements in Adobe software and services.”

With a paid membership, Adobe Creative Cloud can give members everything they need to create, publish and share their work virtually anywhere with anyone, including:

  • Access to download and install any of the new Adobe Creative Suite® 6 applications including, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6, plus a host of additional tools and services including Adobe Acrobat® and Adobe Muse™
  • Integration with Adobe Touch Apps, headlined by Photoshop Touch, that allow users to create on a variety of tablets and further refine on the desktop**
  • 20GB of space and the ability to store and share content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud
  • Create stunning websites without writing code using Adobe Muse software and the option to host and manage up to five sites using Adobe Business Catalyst®
  • Use Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition (coming soon) to deliver stunning digital publications to the iPad
  • Access to application upgrades before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as new products and services, as they emerge

Creative Cloud: More Choices for Customers

This article was posted by David Wadhwani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media Business Unit on November 9, 2011:

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2011/11/adobe-creative-cloud-and-adobe-creative-suite-new-choices-for-customers.html 

At our recent MAX conference, we announced the Adobe Creative Cloud – a groundbreaking initative that we believe will radically redefine the creative process. We’re excited about this new offering – it brings immense value to our customers allowing them to continue creating amazing things in whatever environment they choose.

The Adobe Creative Cloud consists of:

  • Desktop Applications — Every tool that is currently in Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, such as Photoshop®, InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, Premiere® Pro, After Effects®, as well as innovative new tools that are currently in beta, such as Adobe Edge and Muse.
  • Touch Apps – Starting with the six Adobe Touch Apps announced at MAX , 2011 – Adobe Collage, Adobe Kuler, Adobe Carousel, Photoshop Touch, Adobe Debut, Adobe Proto and Adobe Ideas.
  • Services – A version of Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite for delivering interactive publications on tablets, a tier of Adobe Business Catalyst for building and managing websites, and access to cloud-based fonts for website design from our acquisition of Typekit.
  • Community –Collaboration features that allow members to share their creative work with other Creative Cloud members and forums to discuss and inspire new ideas.

We are excited to announce that membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud will be available in the first half of 2012 at a price of $49.99 per month for individuals and $69.99 per month per seat for workgroups, both for an annual plan.

Our move to this membership model allows us to keep our customers up to date with the latest Adobe innovations in our tools and related services. Creative Cloud will provide maximum flexibility, offer lower cost of entry, and add cutting-edge innovation on an on-going basis to keep our customers ahead of the changing technology and device landscape.

For customers who prefer to remain on the current licensing model, we will continue to offer our individual point products and Adobe Creative Suite editions as perpetual licenses. With regards to upgrades, we are changing our policy for perpetual license customers. In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6.

There is a tremendous shift happening around content creation, distribution and monetization. The Adobe Creative Cloud initiative has the potential to transform creativity as designers and developers look to create the best experiences across devices and platforms, while integrating tablet devices and cloud-based services into their workflows. I’m very excited about what this means for Adobe and our customers and look forward to providing the latest tools and services that enable them to express their creativity in new ways.

David

Adobe Unveils Creative Cloud

 

In recent years the education sector has led the adoption of cloud services. The Adobe® Creative Cloud is therefore a very significant development for institutions looking to put services in the cloud to reduce the complexity and cost of running their own infrastructure.

Company Radically Re-imagines Creative Software

LOS ANGELES — Oct. 3, 2011 At its MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Cloud, a major new initiative from the company that radically redefines the content creation process. Adobe Creative Cloud will become the focal point for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, essential creative services, and share their best work. Adobe Creative Cloud is being announced in parallel with a new set of Adobe Touch Apps for content creation on tablet devices (see separate release). These stunning new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users – from consumers to creative professionals – and utilize hosted cloud-based services to share files, view them across devices or transfer work into Adobe Creative Suite® software for further refinement.

“Adobe Creative Cloud reinvents creative expression by enabling a new generation of services for creativity and publishing, that embrace touch interaction to re-imagine how individuals interact with creative tools and build deeper social connections between creatives around the world,” said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe. “The move to the Creative Cloud is a major component in the transformation of Adobe.”

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud
The initial introduction of Adobe Creative Cloud is centered around an innovative collection of Adobe Touch Apps that re-imagine creative software for the mobile age and enable tablet devices to be an integral part of the creative process. Adobe Creative Cloud will become the hub for viewing, sharing and syncing of files created by Adobe Touch Apps and Adobe Creative Suite, and includes 20GB of cloud storage. It will quickly develop into a service that will deliver access to Adobe’s flagship creative applications and services and become an essential resource for anyone interested in creativity – all at a highly attractive price. By early 2012, Adobe Creative Cloud is expected to include the following:

  • Applications – Access to the portfolio of Adobe Creative Suite tools as well as the six Adobe Touch Apps announced today. The offering will include industry-leading desktop tools such as Photoshop®, InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, Premiere® Pro, After Effects® and innovative new tools such as Adobe Edge and Muse.
  • Services – Key Adobe Digital Publishing Suite technologies, for delivering interactive publications on tablets; a tier of Adobe Business Catalyst, for building and managing websites; and new design services, such as the ability to use cloud-based fonts for website design, via technology acquired by Adobe through its acquisition today of Typekit Inc. (see separate release).
  • Community – Capabilities that encourage creatives to present and share their work and ideas with peers around the world and a forum for feedback and inspiration that will foster connections between creative people.  Adobe Creative Cloud will become a focal point for anyone creative.

Pricing and Availability
Pricing details regarding Adobe Creative Cloud and its expanded capabilities around applications, services and community will be announced in November 2011. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud. Adobe will continue to offer all its creative products as standalone offerings, including Adobe Creative Suite editions and flagship individual products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver.