Adobe Creative Cloud 

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 is currently being distributed and includes Acrobat, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Edge Animate, Fireworks, Flash Professional, Illustrator, InCopy, InDesign, Media Encoder, Prelude, SpeedGrade. Also available through our ETLA contract is Adobe Creative Cloud Services.

A detailed description of Creative Cloud can be found on the Adobe website:


The West Lafayette, Calumet and North Central Campuses are covered under an Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) and a Value Incentive Plan (VIP) with Adobe for Creative Cloud and Acrobat. 

ETLA Named-User Licensing using the Adobe Dashboard

  • Adobe Creative Cloud, Acrobat, and Creative Cloud Services
  • Eligible to Faculty and Staff (non-student) on University and personally owned computers
  • Licenses for each individual user of their University-owned computer with faculty and staff rights to install on two computers; one for work and one for home use
  • Can be used for teaching, learning, non-commercial research, and administration
  • To request being added to the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard for access to Creative Cloud and related products, please contact your departmental IT support

VIP Device Licensing

  • Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat
  • Eligible for faculty, staff, students, and student employees on University-owned or leased computers
  • Licenses are for each University managed computer, rather than each user, with rights to install on one University-owned or leased computer per license
  • Can be used for teaching, learning, non-commercial research, and administration
  • To request a device only license, please contact for a quote

Computer Labs and Classrooms


  • Adobe Creative Cloud, Acrobat, and Creative Cloud Services
  • Eligible for graduate and undergraduate students on personally owned computers
  • Creative Cloud for students can be purchased at a discounted reate through OnTheHub for installation on personally owned computers. The license must be renewed annually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for an Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat DC license?

The ETLA license extends to University use for Purdue faculty and staff (student employees are not covered). A VIP device license can be purchased for University-owned and leased machines to extend coverage to faculty, staff, students, and student employees.

Are students eligible for discounts on Adobe products?

Yes. Students can purchase discounted copies of Adobe products through OnTheHub, Purdue's preferred provider of Adobe products.

If I am eligible for a Creative Cloud license, where can it be installed?

Faculty and staff may install on two computers; one University-owned and one personally owned after being added to the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard. Students may install on a personally owned machine after purchasing through OnTheHub.

Do I need to uninstall old versions of Photoshop, InDesign, or the Creative Suites to install these products?

No; different versions of the products can co-exist, but there is likely to be no need for older versions to remain on machines.

Is there a cost for the license? How is it funded?

ETLA licenses are funded by departmental IT and recharged to faculty and staff based on usage. Please follow-up with your departmental IT for a quote. VIP device licenses range from $200.00 to $325.00 depending on the volume purchased. For a current quote, please contact Students purchasing through OnTheHub for personal use receive a discounted rate of $19.99 per month.

Where can I get the Creative Cloud software?

Departmental IT can download current installers from Community Hub. Faculty and staff should follow-up with departmental IT about having the products installed on their University-owned, supported and non-supported computers. For personally owned computers, once faculty and staff have been added to the Adobe Enterprise Dashboard, products can be downloaded from

What is not included? How do I get other Adobe products?

Purdue's ETLA includes Acrobat and Creative Cloud. A full list of Creative Cloud products is listed on the Adobe website. No products outside of the Creative Cloud suite (such as Captivate, EchoSign, DPS, or the Elements products) are included in this agreement.

Many Adobe products are available for purchase through the VIP or Adobe's Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP). Please contact for a quote. After purchase, software will be downloaded directly through Adobe.


ITaP Software Licensing and Distribution offers limited support of this product. Please send e-mail to with details, including the exact text of any warnings received and the steps during installation where the issues arise.

Contact Information

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