Adobe Creative Cloud now only way to purchase Creative Suite

Adobe has announced that effective February 27, Adobe Creative Cloud will be the only option for educational licensing for Creative Suite products.

While current licenses of CS6 (or CS6 products) on campus are perpetual and will not expire, we will not be able to purchase CS6 or any of the CS6 individual products through any educational pricing programs after that date. (Note: At this time this does not affect our campus license for Adobe Acrobat Pro.)

So, what are your Creative Cloud options?

Option 1: Creative Cloud for Education Device License

This license allows for the Creative Suite applications to be installed on a single desktop computer. There is no restriction on the number of distinct users that use that computer (think office computer, lab computer, shared department laptop).

  • The device license can be for the entire Creative Suite, or a single application (see list below).
  • The device license does not include any “cloud features,” i.e., there is no cloud storage or collaborative toolset. The computer must be able to “check-in” to Adobe at least once every 30 days for a license check.

Option 2: Creative Cloud for Education Named User License

This license allows for a single named individual (one single person – not a shared account) to install the software on up to two (2) devices. The installation is done via a Creative Cloud Account which will be assigned to the user’s mtu.edu address. This must be installed on computers that are only used by that single person; this cannot be a shared machine.

  • The named user license can be for the entire Creative Suite, or a single application (see list below).
  • The named user license includes “cloud features.” This includes 100GB of cloud storage when purchasing the entire suite or 20GB for a single app purchase. It also includes the cloud collaboration tools for sharing documents.

Both of these options are a yearly subscription license. Michigan Tech’s “anniversary date” is December 3. Purchases made throughout the year fall under a prorated pricing schedule and expire at the next anniversary. Licenses must be renewed annually on the anniversary date or be removed from the machine.

Unlike previous Adobe installers that used a single license key, orders must now be processed through both our reseller and Adobe before the software can be installed.

Creative Suite Applications

Adobe Photoshop CC*
Adobe Illustrator CC*
Adobe InDesign CC*
Adobe Bridge CC
Adobe InCopy CC*
Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
Adobe Dreamweaver CC*
Adobe Flash Professional CC*
Adobe Flash Builder Premium Edition
Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Premiere Pro CC*
Adobe After Effects CC*
Adobe Audition CC*
Adobe SpeedGrade CC
Adobe Prelude CC
Adobe Encore
Adobe Media Encoder CC
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Muse CC*
Adobe Edge Tools (Edge Animate CC, Edge Code CC, and Edge Reflow CC)

*Available for purchase as individual applications

Creative Suite Pricing

The annual prices listed below are subject to market fluctuations and change often (and will be prorated at the purchase time).

Device Licenses
Complete Suite $175.79/year
Individual application $95.88/year
Named User Licenses
Complete Suite $251.88/year
Individual application $107.88/year

For more information on Adobe licenses, please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 487-1111. One of our procurement agents will be happy to assist you with any questions you have about pricing and purchasing.

GoToMeeting to Replace Adobe Connect

As the result of a review of conferencing tools last year by various campus departments, along with Information Technology, GoToMeeting has been acquired for campus web conferencing needs. The new platform will replace Adobe Connect, which is set to expire on December 15th at 8pm.

Information Technology has been transitioning users from one service to another over the past few months. If you would like to learn more about GoToMeeting or transfer your web conferencing needs over to the new service, please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

For those departments that require the continued use of Adobe Connect, we will have a limited number of licenses to use on a case by case basis. Should you have recordings in Adobe Connect that need to be archived, IT will work with current Adobe Connect users on archiving the recordings they wish to preserve.

For more information, please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.

Current Known Mac OS 10.10 Issues

We are currently seeing some issues with Mac machines that have been upgraded to the brand new Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite).

  • Most notably, the new OS seems to completely disable the functionality of the F5 VPN product on most, if not all, systems.  This means that users who need to use the Multidrive or access MTU-only resources from wireless or from off-campus will not be able to do so.
  • Some users have experienced their wireless connection randomly disconnecting since upgrading to OS 10.10.
  • Users  who were previously having no problems mounting network drives from the Multidrive are now seeing the drives not mount or hang while mounting. Some of this may be related to the F5 VPN problem mentioned above, and we are actively working with users who have reported problems.

We are recommending that users wait to upgrade to Mac OS 10.10 for now.  As with most brand new OS releases, it sometimes takes a bit of time to work out the bugs; Michigan Tech IT then needs time to test our systems with the new OS so that we can support campus users. At this point, none of the campus’ major applications have been tested for compatibility with Mac OS 10.10.

If you have already installed Mac OS 10.10 and are having problems, please contact IT User Services at it-help@mtu.edu or 487-1111, and we will do our best to provide support. We appreciate your patience while we work through these technical issues.

September I.T. Update

Michigan Tech I.T. would like to update you on the latest news:

  • Have you been to the new Active Learning Center (ALC)? “The Fish Bowl” in the MEEM was completely remodeled and is now a 72-seat, collaboration-friendly, reservable classroom. When class is not in session, it is available as an open computing lab. More information, including the room schedule, is at http://it.mtu.edu/computer-labs.
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  • The wireless connectivity in the residence halls was completely upgraded this summer with approximately 700 new access points installed throughout Wadsworth, McNair, and Douglass Houghton Halls and Hillside Place. More information on the project is at: http://www.it.mtu.edu/wireless-project-status.
  • Our wireless lounges were updated this summer with new furniture and more collaboration-friendly spaces. Find the lounge list at: http://it.mtu.edu/computer-labs.wireless
  • The next Open Student I.T. Forum will be on October 21, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom A1. Pizza will be served; please RSVP to the Facebook event page.
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Want I.T. Updates?

Regarding recent stories about Google credentials posted on Russian web site

There are a number of news services running a story about a Russian web site posting the gmail and mail.ru credentials of approximately 5 million users.

The 5 million passwords that were posted on the Russian website include a significant number of passwords for Google accounts. These passwords appear to have been acquired over several years worth of phishing campaigns by various hacking groups. Google has reviewed the list and believes that the majority of the accounts on the list have already been suspended or had their password change since the credentials were acquired.

Currently there appears to be no reason to worry about this incident. IT will continue to monitor the situation and work on verifying that no @mtu.edu accounts were on the list.

Active Learning Center Open House

Information Technology invites you to attend the Active Learning Center’s (ALC) open house on Friday, August 22, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in MEEM 120. The ALC, formerly known as the MEEM “Fishbowl,” has been completely transformed into a technology-rich collaborative learning space, featuring 72 student computer stations, 3 instructor stations, and 29 collaboration LCD monitors.

Unlike the traditional learning space, the “front” of the classroom has been eliminated, allowing faculty to facilitate both heads-down concentration work and group collaboration, as well as provide hands-on technology for their students. In addition, when this room is not scheduled for classes, it will be available to all students as a computer lab.

Please join us this Friday to learn more, as staff will be on hand to provide tours and demonstrations. For further information, please contact it-help@mtu.edu or call (906) 487-1111.