UITS has procured Adobe Creative Cloud for students as both a download and through SkyBox.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a bundle of the most popular Adobe products (e.g., Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, etc.) obtained through an annual leasing agreement. The normal institutional model for this Adobe bundle consists of an unlimited enterprise license for all faculty and staff with student licensing obtained as a fixed quantity add-on to the base agreement. Adobe has not historically supported making these student licenses usable through virtualized environments. These conditions were not a match for our needs at UConn, where not enough faculty and staff require the software to justify an enterprise site license and providing the software on SkyBox, the UConn virtualized desktop environment, is key to maximizing student access. Working closely with university purchasing and leveraging perspective and information from the UConn technical community, UITS broke new ground with Adobe to negotiate an independent fixed license pool for students with approval to deliver it through SkyBox. These licensing terms are unprecedented and will significantly increase student access to the software at a nationally competitive price. Additional details about the Adobe Creative Cloud bundle will be made broadly available before the start of the fall semester.