Like most other software vendors, Adobe licensing is seen as a complex subject. With the Adobe Volume Licensing programs, software acquisitions modes have been greatly simplified – and it becomes more transparent and understandable for users and Adobe staff.

Nevertheless there remains a perception on the Adobe licensing and rules of practice as still difficult.

In addition, the output rate of new versions and new products remains high. This environment encourages users to understand the new ways of licensing and spend less time on compliance management.

This article aims to give you insights into the evolution of the Adobe licensing and current practices of marketing at Adobe.

What are the modes of commercialization of Adobe products?

Adobe products have experienced early 2015 a big change with the Creative Cloud suites are sold on a subscription principle.

Note that these programs do not work SaaS (software as a service). Indeed, software remain installed on client machines. The mechanism is based on a monthly check, via internet, a subscription is associated with the machine. If the user does not connect to Adobe portal for 30 days, the software becomes unavailable on the client machine.

Families of Adobe Historical products are the Creative Suite. These are the same products as the Creative Cloud but their commercialization was based on perpetual licenses associated with maintenance.

For these two product families include the principle of volume contracts:

  • Transactional Licensing Program
  • Cumulative Licensing Program

The products can be purchased in commercial pack (suites) or unitary ways. The rule that we generally find in the software industry is that from 3 products required, subsequently becomes economically attractive.

The most common commercial products are: Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash.
License Billing The metric is the number of “facilities”.

Some products are marketed in server applications: Adobe ColdFusion, Adobe Central Pro Output Server, Adobe Forms Designer, Adobe LiveCycle.

For the latter, licenses billing metric can vary, it retouve and the number of CPU, users, servers, document, of forms, of Set (2 CPU).

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