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A New Model for Adobe Licensing at MIT – Acrobat XI Pro and Creative Cloud

Acrobat XI Professional and the desktop applications in Adobe Creative Cloud are now available to faculty and staff for use on Institute-owned equipment at no cost to DLCs.

Information Systems and Technology has launched a new model for licensing Adobe software at MIT. Effective immediately, Acrobat XI Professional is available to all faculty and staff for use on Institute-owned equipment at no cost to departments, laboratories, and centers (DLCs). Also available to faculty and staff are the desktop applications in Adobe Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite), such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. The software can also be used in computer laboratories by students, but is not licensed for students’ personal computers.

IS&T is offering the Adobe Enterprise Licenses to DLCs at no cost as part of an ongoing effort to eliminate chargebacks and to enhance services for the MIT community.

What’s Included in Adobe Creative Cloud?
Adobe has changed the way they manage their software. With the move from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud, Adobe has transitioned from major version updates to a continuous update process. You still get the renowned desktop applications, but you no longer have to wait months to get bug fixes or new features.

Adobe Creative Cloud includes:

  • Acrobat XI Pro (distributed separately, but part of the license)
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Dreamweaver
  • Premier Pro (expected later this summer)
  • After Effects (expected later this summer)
  • Muse (expected later this summer)
  • Lightroom (expected later this summer)
  • Other less-used applications

Additional Creative Cloud features, services, and applications will be available to MIT users in the future.

How to Obtain
All faculty and staff can download Acrobat Professional XI from the IS&T Software Grid. 

All faculty and staff can request Adobe Creative Cloud through the IS&T Software Grid.

These licenses and installers are limited to use for Institute business on MIT-owned equipment.  

Getting Help
More information about Acrobat XI Professional and Adobe Creative Cloud is available through the IS&T Software Grid.

Installation instructions and other documentation can be found on the Adobe Creative Cloud Landing Page in the Knowledge Base.

Training for Adobe software can be found at (certificates required).

For help with Acrobat Professional or Adobe Creative Cloud, contact the IS&T Help Desk at 617.253.1101 or  You can also submit a request online.

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