Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 Available

Adobe LogoWe are excited to announce the new licensing with Adobe for the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications. As part of this “Named User licensing,” benefit-eligible employees will be able to log into the Adobe Creative Cloud and download the latest Adobe applications to their office computer and on one home device too, such as a laptop. We will also be rolling out the latest versions of the applications this summer to labs and instructor stations as part of a “shared device license.” Adjunct Faculty, Instructors, Temporary Staff, Sponsored Users, and Active Students will have the ability to login to systems on campus with using this “shared device license.”

New Licensing

Adobe Apps WindowNamed User Licensing ties the usage of Adobe apps and services to an individual user – this being only Benefit Eligible Employees under our University license. To authorize the license, a user’s computer must be able to connect to the Adobe servers for initial activation, and then at least once every 99 days to renew the license. Benefit Eligible Employees can sign in with their SMU credentials using Single Sign-On to access the apps and services.

The Named User Licensing provides access to Adobe Creative Cloud software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, plus the latest cloud first applications such as Adobe XDLightroom CC, and Adobe Dimension. Users will also be able to access their assets from anywhere with Creative Cloud Libraries, and font collections from Adobe Fonts.

Shared Device License (SDL) is a huge leap forward in the experience that students have when accessing Adobe products in shared-device environments, such as computer labs. Students will be able to access apps such as XD and Rush, plus utilize Libraries, Adobe Fonts, and 2GB of cloud storage. Students will have to log in using their SMU ID and password to access these features.

For more information about the Adobe licensing or to sign in to the Adobe Cloud, please visit


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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.