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Adobe Creative Cloud is a subscription based software service that gives users access to a collection of software developed by Adobe for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and cloud services. Applications can be ordered individually or as a suite (Creative Cloud). The following applications are available for individual order as Named User licenses:

  • Audition
  • Muse
  • Animate
  • Captivate (not part of the all-apps suite below)
  • InCopy
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Premiere Pro
  • Acrobat Pro
  • InDesign
  • After Effects
  • Dreamweaver

The Creative Cloud suite (all-apps) includes most of these applications as well as some not available for individual licensing, such as:

  • Experience Design
  • Prelude
  • SpeedGrade
  • and many more

For a complete list of included applications visit:

Program Details

Adobe Creative Cloud applications are available as an annual subscription, with the license period running from June 14 through June 13 of the following year. Purchases made after July 14th  will be prorated monthly.

UW IT cannot refund the cost of the Adobe license subscription.

Applications are available individually or as a suite assigned to either a named user or a specific device with discrete pricing for each category.

Named user licenses are assigned to an individual (not a shared NetID) and are only available to that user, may only be installed on two devices. Named user license can be procured within 1 business day.

  • Named user license will not be assigned to a shared UW NetID. Adobe licensing policy prohibits it.

Device licenses are now only available for the full designed for a lab or other shared computer environment and may be installed only on a single device where the application(s) is/are available to all users of that device. If you need device licenses, send email with subject “Adobe Device license request” to UW IT software licensing team will contact you with all necessary details.

  • Device license processing may take up to 10 business days.
  • Your lab computers must be registered with UW DNS. Dynamically assigned host names similar to the  are NOT accepted. If you need DNS registration, please fill out this form and select the topic “IP/DNS assignment” from the drop-down menu.
  • Once activated, the device license cannot be used on a different computer. Send email with subject “Adobe Device license re-assign” to UW IT can help to re-assign the license to a different device.
  • The UW IT Software licensing team maintains a list of host names on which purchased Adobe DEVICE LICENSES are installed. Device licenses assigned to the host names that do not match UW IT records will be revoked without notice.
  • Device licenses are NOT available for individual applications.

If you are looking for the non-subscription (perpetual) license of Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can purchase it from CDW-G through UW E-Procurement / Ariba.  Use Item # 4644632.

Perpetual licenses for other products are also available there.

Prices are valid through July 13th. :

License Type 12 month license price*
Named user license single application  $140
Named user license Creative Cloud (all applications)  $285
Device license Creative Cloud (all applications) $285

*Prices are subject to change without notice


  • Available to all faculty and staff with authorization from budget approver using valid budget number.
  • Procurement cards and direct sales to individuals are not available at this time.

How to Order

To purchase Device License send email with subject “Adobe Device license request” to UW IT will contact you with all necessary details.

To purchase a Named User license, please submit the Adobe Order Form.

For bulk ordering we’ve included a link to a spreadsheet for your convenience. When you open the file, please select the tab for the named user license. Select a product from the drop-down menu and fill out the remaining fields.

Please send the completed spreadsheet as attachment to with the subject “Adobe Creative Cloud licenses”.

Adobe Bulk License Order