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Adobe Licensing Summary

This article applies to: Software Licensing


Members of the Cornell community can take advantage of several different licensing programs for Adobe products. Some of these programs are available at no cost; others have a fee associated with the license. Some extend usage rights to personally-owned equipment while other programs are only available to Cornell staff and faculty. Please see the particular program for details.

Licensing Overview

Please see our Adobe Licensing FAQ page.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro: Enterprise Licensing Available

Cornell staff and faculty with a Cornell business need can request a license for either Acrobat Pro or the full Creative Cloud All Apps Plan. Both of these licenses are available at no cost to eligible Cornell employees. When determining if you need either Acrobat Pro or the full Creative Cloud All Apps Plan please consult our decision chart.

If you want to... Software needed Who can use? Do you need a license? Cost
Convert a document to PDF Many apps (like Word and Excel) can do this during printing or saving Everyone No No cost
Read a PDF Free reader Everyone No No cost
Electronically sign a document Free reader Everyone No No cost
Issue documents for electronic signature Adobe Sign Faculty & Staff Yes, limited number available No cost
Edit PDFs, or combine several PDFs into one document Adobe Acrobat Pro

Faculty & Staff
Classrooms & Labs

Yes, limited number available No cost
Modify a PDF so that it meets web accessibility guidelines Adobe Acrobat Pro Faculty & Staff
Classrooms & Labs
Yes, limited number available No cost

Create multi-page digital documents, vector graphics, high-end graphics, edit video content, etc. 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Faculty & Staff
Classrooms & Labs

Yes, limited number available No cost

See also our Working with PDFs Comparison Table.

For a listing of applications available through Creative Cloud, see the product list below.

Faculty and Staff: Individual Named-User licensing for Creative Cloud is available. Please see our Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise Licensing article for more information.

Technical Support Providers: Please see CU Software's Adobe Creative Cloud for Technical Support Providers article for information about installing Creative Cloud in a Managed Desktop environment, or for computers that are not assigned to individual employees, such as lab computers.

Students are not covered by the Adobe Enterprise License. Students can purchase a subscription to Acrobat Pro or to Creative Cloud directly from Adobe.

More information about our Creative Cloud Enterprise License can be found on our Creative Cloud Enterprise Licensing page.

Creative Cloud Enterprise License Product List

Cornell University has signed an agreement to provide Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost to Cornell staff and faculty who have a business need for the software. The Creative Cloud All Apps Plan includes the following Adobe desktop products:

  • Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe XD
  • After Effects
  • Animate
  • Audition
  • Bridge
  • Character Animator
  • Dimension
  • Dreamweaver
  • Edge Inspect
  • Fuse (beta)
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Media Encoder
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Prelude
  • Premiere Clip
  • Premiere Pro
  • Spark
  • Story Plus

      The Creative Cloud All Apps Plan also includes the following Creative Cloud Services and Mobile Apps: 

      • Acrobat Team Projects
      • Adobe Community
      • Adobe Extract
      • Adobe PDF Services
      • Adobe XD Publish Services
      • Device Preview
      • Lightroom Photos
      • PhoneGap Build
      • InDesign Publish Online

      For more information about Creative Cloud, please see our Creative Cloud Enterprise Licensing article.

      Acrobat Pro Licensing

      Cornell staff and faculty with a business need only for Acrobat Pro can receive a Named-User license. For more information, please see our Acrobat Pro Standalone Licensing article.

      Adobe Sign

      Adobe Sign is a separate product used to digitally sign electronic documents. Adobe Sign is not part of Creative Cloud, and is managed independently. For more information about Adobe Sign, please see the Electronic Signature article. 

      Other Adobe Products

      New licenses for Adobe products that are not included with the Creative Cloud Enterprise License can be purchased individually through our existing Adobe Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP). To purchase Adobe products that are not part of Creative Cloud, please go to our online store.

      If you need to buy an Adobe product that is not included with Creative Cloud and that is not currently listed on our online store, please send your request via email to The Technology Connection. Include the following in your email:

      • Name
      • Department
      • Shipping Address
      • Product Name & Number
      • Quantity
      • Platform (specify quantities for each platform)
      • Department Account Number (Ex: 123-4567-890-999)

      You will receive a confirmation of your order that provides the product key and installation instructions. Please retain your order confirmation email as your proof of license. Be advised that it can take up to four weeks before we can provide you with an installer for an Adobe product that we have never offered before.

      Previously Purchased Creative Suite Licensing

      Cornell personnel who purchased an Adobe Creative Suite or Acrobat Professional perpetual license in 2014 or earlier should transition to Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro, under our current licensing agreement. Adobe no longer provides support or security updates to any Creative software from that period. Consequently, such software is considered insecure, and should no longer be used in the Cornell environment.  

      Student Licensing

      Cornell students can take advantage of educational pricing on Adobe Creative Cloud at Adobe's Creative Cloud for Students page.

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      Restrictions

      Students: Software available through this page is only for Cornell institutional use. We are not able to authorize students to download Adobe products from this page. If you purchased Adobe products on behalf of your department, please ask a staff or faculty member in your department to begin the download for you. Students interested in purchasing Adobe software for personal, non-Cornell-owned computers can see subscription options at Adobe's Creative Cloud for Students page

      Faculty and staff: Your individual license for non-Creative Cloud products typically includes permission to install your product on up to two computers. You may not use both instances of the software simultaneously. If the Cornell-owned computer is assigned to you as an individual, your license may allow you to install your product on one computer that is your personal property. If that is the case, you agree to uninstall this software if you ever sell the computer or if your employment at Cornell comes to an end. Use of the Cornell-owned license on personally-owned computer equipment is also subject to local departmental policy, so please check with your departmental IT staff before installing Adobe software onto a personally-owned computer. Please check the End-User License Agreement for your specific product prior to installing on a personally-owned computer to make sure that this is allowed under license.

      Download

      To download Creative Cloud and Acrobat software through our Enterprise license, please see our Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise Licensing article.

      Once you have received confirmation of your Adobe purchase, please select the appropriate product below to begin the download. Remember that you must have purchased a license and been granted access prior to downloading Adobe software.  You will need an Adobe Serial Number to activate your product.  If you are not sure how to get your Serial Number, please see our guide, How To Look Up Your Software License Codes.

      Note on Windows Installers listed below: For many products, Adobe has provided a small program called "Installer Utility" that unpacks a corresponding "Installer Package" file. Both the Utility and Package need to be located in the same directory.

      Current Adobe Products Not Included with Creative Cloud

      Customers who have purchased licenses for the following products may download them here. You will need the Serial Number provided in your order confirmation notice to activate the software. If you no longer have a copy of that order, please contact us cusoftware@cornell.edu.

      Windows

      Macintosh

      Captivate 2017 (all components)

      Adobe eLearning Asset for Captivate

      Captivate 2017 -- Installer

      Captivate 2017 -- Content

      Adobe eLearning Asset for Captivate

      ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise (all platforms)

      ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Express (all platforms)

      ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise (all platforms)

      ColdFusion 2016 Enterprise Express (all platforms)

      ColdFusion Builder 2016 (all platforms) ColdFusion Builder 2016 (all platforms)

      Director 12  (available upon request)

      Director 12 (available upon request)

      eLearning Suite 6.1 -- Installer Utility

      eLearning Suite 6.1 -- Installer Package

      eLearning Suite 6.1 -- Content Installer Utility

      eLearning Suite 6.1 -- Content Package

      eLearning Suite 6.1 -- Installer

      eLearning Suite 6.1 -- Content

      Font Folio 11.1 Font Folio 11.1

      FrameMaker 12 (available upon request)

      not available

      Photoshop Elements 2018

      Photoshop Elements 2018

      Photoshop Elements 14 (32-bit)

      Photoshop Elements 14 (64-bit)

      Photoshop Elements 14

      Photoshop Elements 13 (32-bit) -- Installer Utility

      Photoshop Elements 13 (32-bit) -- Installer Package

      Photoshop Elements 13 (64-bit) -- Installer Utility

      Photoshop Elements 13 (64-bit) -- Installer Package

      Photoshop Elements 13
      Premiere Elements 14 (32-bit)

      Premiere Elements 14 (64-bit)

      Premiere Elements 14

      Premiere Elements 13 (32-bit)

      Premiere Elements 13 (64-bit)

      Premiere Elements 13

      Presenter 11 -- Installer Utility

      Presenter 11 -- Installer Package

      not available

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