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Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud shared device licensing

Last updated: 9th January 2019

Extend the full power of Creative Cloud across your institution.

Adobe have introduced a new way to give your students and faculty access to the world’s best creative apps and services in shared environments like labs, libraries, and classrooms. With new shared device licensing, they can use the latest versions of Creative Cloud – including cloud-based apps and services – on entitled school machines. Plus, those who have their own paid Creative Cloud subscriptions can log into entitled machines to access their profiles and their saved work.

To use shared device licenses, students and faculty in shared environments can simply log in with an Enterprise or Federated ID and password provisioned by the school. At colleges and universities, they also have the option to log in using a free Adobe ID that they create on

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And best of all, schools that currently have device licensing can migrate to new shared device licenses at no additional cost.

Benefits of shared device licensing

Students and faculty can:

  • Access new cloud-based apps when using entitled devices.
  • Use Adobe Portfolio to create websites that showcase their work.
  • Find the perfect font for any creative project with Adobe Fonts.
  • Store and sync their work to the cloud so they can access it anywhere.

Software administrators can:

  • Create groups of licenses to match device locations and assign a sub-admin to manage each environment.
  • See how many students are using entitled devices in each environment to help ensure that coverage matches needs.


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