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On how many computers can I use my Creative Cloud subscription?

Find your answer here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/download-install/using/install-apps-number-of-computers.html

 

Device activation limit:

https://helpx.adobe.com/in/download-install/using/device-activation-limit.html

 

How to install Creative Cloud apps on a new computer:

https://helpx.adobe.com/in/download-install/using/download-install-new-computer.html

 

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Kanika Sehgal

 

 

 

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On how many computers can I use my Creative Cloud subscription?

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On how many computers can I use my Creative Cloud subscription?

Find your answer here: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/download-install/using/install-apps-number-of-computers.html

 

Device activation limit:

https://helpx.adobe.com/in/download-install/using/device-activation-limit.html

 

How to install Creative Cloud apps on a new computer:

https://helpx.adobe.com/in/download-install/using/download-install-new-computer.html

 

Thanks 

Kanika Sehgal

 

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
May 04, 2012

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You can install the apps available in Creative Cloud on your primary computer and one backup computer, as long as they are not running at the same time. You will have access to both the Mac OS and Windows versions, so if you have a Mac at home and a PC at work, for example, you can install your applications on both. See the product license agreements page for more information.

Read more in the Creative Cloud FAQ

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Explorer ,
May 11, 2012

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Is there a way to request more licenses? I personally carry 2 laptops and have one desktop at home.. in an ideal world I would like to have an instance of Adobe Creative Cloud apps on each machine so that I don't have to stop what I am doing and switch machines.. (Blame mobile app development for needing so many machines iOS, Android, BB, WP7, server side components.. it takes a village to raise a good mobile app :-P).

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Participant ,
May 11, 2012

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i have two laptops in addition to my desktop. can i install the software on all three and just keep activating and deactivating the laptops as needed? sometimes i take my air, sometimes my macbook pro.

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Participant ,
May 11, 2012

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i'm sorry. i'm so embarrassed that i didn't read josh's question first. **blush**

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New Here ,
May 11, 2012

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I'm using my girlfriend's laptop at the mo, but I'm building a desktop PC next week or the week after. If I were to download to the laptop, is it possible to transfer over to the desktop in a couple of weeks? I want to start on a couple of projects now (before closing dates of competitions etc), but will want the primary installation on my new desktop.

This might be an issue in future as people often upgrade / change computers?

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Explorer ,
May 11, 2012

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In this day and age, a two machine license seems odd to me.  I thought the idea of the "cloud" concept was that the license traveled with the user not the host machine.  Ex.  I have an iMac, and two MacBooks in my household.  How would I get CC on the thrid machine in that scenario?  Can CC activate and deactivate on the fly?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 11, 2012

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You may install software on up to two computers. These two computers can be Windows, Mac OS, or one each.

If you install on a third computer, it will request you to de-activate on the other two computers.  You can then reactivate one of the previous two computers, and use Creative Cloud apps on it.

If you regularly need to use the Creative Cloud on more than two computers then it would be best to purchase an additional subscription.  This is the same licensing btw which we have for our prepetual product.  An advantage though for Creative Cloud over the prepetural product is that you can install on Mac and Windows with the same subscription!

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May 11, 2012

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Multiple subscriptions for a single user? Granted I understand the risk of abuse, but isn't abuse the edge case? I mean EA and Steam have happily figured out how to allow users to have their software follow them to as many computers as they want.. And the app is going to phone home regularly anyways.. It seems trivial to have it check for concurrent usage and if that becomes abusive handle that one by one.. But having a single person pay twice as much because that single person wants to install their license on multiple machines for them to use.. That seems a little behind the times (a lot behind the times if you compare it to Steam which has been allowing licenses to follow accounts for what 3 or 4 years now?).  I understand where 2 installs comes from, thats how Adobe CS products have always worked.. But it doesn't really fulfill the promise of ubiquitous access to your adobe software and your art on any supported platform at any time like the CS Cloud video hypes...   I would gladly be required to be online more often and be required to type (or save) a password on my machines  in exchange for licenses that travel with me instead of licenses that are really just the same old CS licenses that you have to constantly activate/deactivate as you traverse machines and projects.  But asking a single user to pay 2 or 3 times as much so that they can install the product on more machines seems like a non answer.  After all its still one specific human using that licensed software.. Not to mention the headache that would come remembering which cloud account has which art on which computer.. oh the brain fry that would cause :-P.

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New Here ,
May 11, 2012

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This doesn't make any sense. Your marketing this product as a cloud which means you are licencing the individual not the device. So which is it? Are you licensing the us or the computer? You can't have it both ways. You will have issues with your marketing statements as well as issues with predatory licensing. Now I am fine having to reauthenticate on each computer, there just better not be a cap on the reauthentications.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 11, 2012

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I would recommend reviewing the product license agreement at http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/#desktop.  The Creative Cloud is still installing the software to your desktop.  It is not a Software as a Service offering, i.e. using your computer as thin client which you can access the software through a web browser.

The only use case where you may need to contact our support team to allow additional activations is if you are actively trying to use the software on 3 different computers in a short amount of time.  In addition this would only occur if you were trying to reactivate all 3 computers.

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Explorer ,
May 11, 2012

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Absolutely true, however, I, and probably many others, thought that the CC usage rights would be akin to the Mac AppStore.  (Purchase once, use on all your machines.). This is not a software as service license either, and one that Adobe supports by selling their own products through it.  The confusion comes from the marketing materials.  Ex.  In one of the videos, it touts using CC at home on a Mac and pc at work.  This is technically the two license model.  However, it is not difficult for most viewers to see it as , "Ok, I can install it on my home machines and work.  Because a lot of folks have multiple machines at home and one provided at work.  Why would I waste a personal license to use it at work if I am only allowed two.". Common sense is the problem on this one.

Don't get me wrong, I still like CC, but I just had my user experience significantly hampered.

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Explorer ,
May 11, 2012

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Jeff, I know your just the messenger but to be fair last time I checked Team Fortress, Battlefield 3, anything else sold on Steam, MSOffice licenses via Office 365, anything sold via the Apple Appstore (as Ellfire mentioned) so on and so forth are all examples of software installed onto our desktops but who's licensing travels with the user not the machine..   Ellfire has stated it perfectly, I still like CC (I have my subscription, I even pre-ordered it).. but given I do actively personally use 3 machines (4 if my client forces me to use their hardware) and having to personally manage my licenses with activation/deactivations the usability of the service has been impacted in a negative and material manner.   :-(... At minimum, I would highly suggest you take this feedback and send it up the chain.. One of the advantages of being a subscription based service is that you can more quickly iterate improvements on your service based on user feedback.. and um.. This is user feedback 🙂

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May 11, 2012

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Hey Jeff,

Thanks for the info.  I just downloaded, and I love the product and the experience!  Quick question regarding licensing.  I too have 3 machines, one of which i do all my video editing on.  Do you know if you are limited to 2 machines per application or for any peice of the suite?  Meaning, can I install Photoshop and Illustrator on two machines and Premiere and After Effects on a third?

Thanks for the help!

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Adobe Employee ,
May 11, 2012

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It is just like our suite installations.  Each computer even a single product installed on counts as one of the activations.

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May 11, 2012

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Can we manage activations online? So lets say I am at a client site and they won't allow me to use my own hardware (it happens).. Can I say deactivate my home machine via the website, and then reactivate it when I get home?  If my subscription bounces around a lot am I going to get locked out (is there a limited number of times I can move my activations around, or as long as there are only two at a time, am I in the clear even if I move my activations 200 times a year? )

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May 12, 2012

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So this means you can install on work and home mac and work and home PC? That's the way I'm interpreting the EULA.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 12, 2012

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No that would be a total of 4 installations.  I would recommend reviewing my previous responses as I have tried to use several analogies to make this more clear.

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Enthusiast ,
May 12, 2012

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Not correct Jeff. I have CS5 on my mac and PC here at work and a 2nd CS5 on my MAC at home. HOWEVER, though I only paid one fee for PC and Mac version through the print provider program, I do have separate SN for PC and Mac version. So in essence, I do have one license for mac and 2 installs.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 12, 2012

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Yes Mr. Met that is basically the same as a volume license.  Currently the EULA for Creative Cloud is the same as a retail desktop version with the extra advantage of being available on Mac and Windows.

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I think times have changed - I have a home computer,, office computer, and now I will be travelling with my laptop. Most people I work with have the same setup, if not more (I actually have an additional office computer, but I avoid using that for the Adobe software). I only ever work on one computer at a time, and since it's "cloud" then it can verify that there are not simultaneous connections. For me, three connections would be very helpful.

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Community Beginner ,
May 11, 2012

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Is there a way to select either Mac or Win-versions of the apps? Or does the app manager on either platform automatically detects correct OS and installs versions for the OS?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 11, 2012

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@joshhandel there is not currently a way to manage your activations.  If you exceed your activation count due to reinstalling/reactivating on to many systems in short period of time simply contact our support team.

@RADEBAR the Adobe Application Manager detects your Operating System and installs the application which is appropriate for that computer.

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Community Beginner ,
May 11, 2012

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Hey Jeff, can you confirm that you can have both pcs online, but just one accessing the apps at a time. I keep my home PC switched on 24/7 but could make sure apps are closed before I hit the road with my mac book.

Everyone keeps saying "you can install applications on two computers so long as they are not running at the same time" but don't say whether running at same time refers to computers or apps.

Might sound like a dumb question, but someone on another thread said he had to actually turn off one of his computers due to something about adobe updater not liking his other pc being online at the same time.

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Adobe Employee ,
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You do have a time period with which you can be offline but Creative Cloud does require an Internet connection regularly to check your subscription.

As for computers versus applications the easiest analogy is to think of Creative Cloud as a constantly up to date copy of Master Collection or one of the suites.  All the applications are bundled together thus it is per computer and not application.

I hope that helps?

Also the licensing for Creative Cloud is much more flexible than any of our previous suites or subscriptions.  Additional options are also still being developed to allow even more flexibility in the future.

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Community Beginner ,
May 11, 2012

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Hi Jeff thanks for your prompt reply however my question (which may be stupid) is still unanswered.

Can I have both computers turned on and connected to the Internet simultaneously, so long as adobe creative cloud applications are only open on one computer.

I would assume yes, but for another user's post on another thread which stated that he had to turn off his other computer completely in order to use CS6 on his laptop. Obviously this would suck.

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Adobe Employee ,
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Yes you can have both computers turned on and connected at the same time.  As long as you are only using the applications on one computer at a time it is not a violation of the EULA.

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Community Beginner ,
May 11, 2012

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Great thanks. Just wanted it from the horses mouth 😉

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May 11, 2012

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Thanks Jeff for clearing up some questions I was having.  I'm still unclear about one thing though. I will have Photoshop installed on my home desktop computer as well as on my client's computer at his offfice.  Since I always leave my computer on and normally leave all my apps running, what happens if I forget to shut down Photoshop at home and then unkowingly start it up at my client's office? 

Will it just not work?  And is that even against the terms of the license since only one is actually being used?

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Community Beginner ,
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So what counts as using them "at the same time" - I have work & home machines, and I sometimes leave the work computer on overnight. In that case e.g. Photoshop might be running simultaneously on both, so at which point exactly does it start complaining about that? Is it a matter of seconds, minutes, hours or some fuzzy algorithm that if you constantly and actively use two copies at the same time it becomes an issue?

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May 12, 2012

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How is the deactivation/deactivation done? I've installed on my home iMac and want to install some apps at work later on PC. I will be replacing the work machine in a couple of months and will need to reinstall then..

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Community Beginner ,
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Jeff,

Here is a concern I have.  I called sales support yesterday and asked the following questions.   I have 3 computers (1) PC tower, (1) iMac and (1) MacBook Pro.   When I first started using Adobe all the way through CS5 Master Collection I always owned the Windows Box Versions.  I have been waiting for months for this to come out so I could move my workflow over to MacOS X.    Since the Creative Cloud supports both MAC and Windows installs the question I asked was can I install it on both my 2 Mac Computers.  Then if I need to use it on my PC can I simply deactivate and then activate on it for use?

The answer your support person gave was "YES"  So the answer in this topic don't even flow with the answers from calling the 800 number!

So now reading this forum topic I am really confused.   I like many others have definate reasons why I may want to flip flop the machine I am using the software on  (1) I have $4500 worth of AE plug-ins.  $2000 worth of these are platform specific.  So they only run on a windows machine.  Even, though I intend on my primary workflow to be used on a MAC there may come a time when I need to use one of these plug-ins and then would have to switch my activation to the PC to use it. 

Another scenario,  Let's face it Apple has not been to keen on upgrading the Mac Pro system's.  iMac's are great but have their limitations with graphics cards, drives, and memory.  So if you go a complicated AE render to do,iIt makes a lot more sense to run it on a PC at this time for me.  So my hope here is I would de-activate one of my MAC's activate my PC then render away.

I like many others completely understand that we are only suppose to operate our software on 1 machine at a time.  I am cool with you checking this.  Other posters have asked what if I forget to turn one machine off leave with my MacBook Pro and then fire it up.  Will I be in trouble?  Not sure how you handle this if you don't have a connection.  But Spotify the music streaming company license their software to me the user.  If I fire up one machine,  Then grab my iPhone and try to listen it turns it off on the other machine.  Apps in the app store like MotionX Drive do the same thing.

I am an Electrical Automation Engineer by day and a Graphic/Video Designer Enthusiast at night.   In all the programming software that every vendor provides they provide a licensing server software service that sits locally within the location.  It manages concurrent licenses, without the need for online connections.  Any computer needing to run simply pulls the license from the network connected license server software service.  When the program is done it releases the license.  The only issues with this is if your license server crashes.  It can be a bit of a headache with support to get your license back.   Others simply have an online site (like Apple) Where you simply log in and de-activate devices as needed.  (Heck even Hulu, and Netflix offer this.)

I think if Adobe wants the Cloud thing to take off then they need to re-evaluate this.  The license needs to follow the user not the device.  The user should have a painless simple way to activate and de-activate their license back to their Adobe ID.

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Community Beginner ,
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Hello Jeff !

I have four or five of the programs installed on one of my three XP computers, and just PS6 on a XP PC at my other location.

If I were to install PS6 on the third computer at (my present location) currently without any of the CS6 programs, could I deactivate all the apps on the first PC in one go somehow to make this possible ?

Or do I have to go on the help menu and deactivate each at a time ?

I kinda regret installing the first 4-5 of the suite on the computer Im at now because it has poor graphics acceleration (Intel in-CPU HD graphics) while the other PC has atleast an AMD card for some basic acc.

The other PC I only have PS6 on has an Nvidia card so its on par with the AMD machine and can do basic acc.

Anyway the question is, does one deactivate each program after the other or can all be deactivated in one go and moved to the other PC ?

Initially I also thought one could spread the software over two or three PCs provided only two were activated at any one time and one only in use at a time.

Would also appreciate some more reforms in the flexibility department on the activations.. But kudos for removing the deactivation limit a while back.

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I am adding my vote for Adobe to consider "user based" licencing for the Creative Cloud, as apposed to machine based. This is the impression I, and everyone I know, got when we saw the promotion of Creative Cloud that it would be user based.  I am disappointed to see it continues the way it was because most professionals nowadays work with more than two computers.

I wouldn't call it Creative Cloud with the current license terms.  The name at this point is a misrepresentation of the product.

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I strongly agree.  The license should be to the user.  If I use 18 different machines, as long as I am the one using the software, then it should be a ok.  Locking licenses to a specific machine is archaic in these newfangled networked times.

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Enthusiast ,
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I agree. I have a PC and Mac at work and a Mac at home. I can only be on one machine at a time so who cares if I install it on a bunch of my own boxes. Especially now that the cost of owning the software has essentially doubled with a subscription. I used to upgrade every other CS so I could go three years. I do like the convenience of the subscription and the cloud. Still learning new stuff. Tough to learn all the tricks in all the apps. You get overwhelmed. I'm trying to get a handle on ID since that's my main app but PS especially and AI have a bunch of enhancements.

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Just want to add my voice to the chorus of "user-based license, not device-based!"  I'm a freelancer, as are many of us creatives, and I do work at home on my desktop, on the go on my laptop, and frequently at a client's facility.  No matter where I am, I ought to have access to my stuff (not just my documents, but my applications) if we're going to suggest that this has anything to do with the cloud.  I simply don't see what the disadvantages would be here, whereever I go and login, my creative cloud would activate.  And the minute I left that device and logged out, there'd be no more access to the goods.  That's the point of the cloud, as best as I can tell.  So far, CS6 has proven to be a pretty great update, and I like the idea of live updates and integration and so forth, but we're not really fully embracing the cloud with this release.  Just living with our heads up in there.

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Enthusiast ,
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How would that work? I don't want my apps on the cloud. I want them on a box. And if you freelance all over the place, would you have an install on every box you freelance on? I wouldn't want multiple CS6 installs on my machines. You can lease ID on a month to month basis as needed which is what I would probably do if I had an ongoing project.

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Community Beginner ,
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I'm about to sign up for the Cloud and I'm quite pleased that this option does offer a certain flexibility. I work from home and the office, so I plan to install CS6 applications on my home Mac Pro and my work Mac Pro, and I obviously can't ever be at both places at the same time. However, one thing that slightly worries me is that if I have to leave my work Mac on overnight or my home Mac on throughout the day for a long render or something and I also forget to close an Adobe application, does this mean that the Cloud will physically block me from using that application at my other location...?

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Enthusiast ,
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If you plan on using ID at home, it can't be active at work. Nor any other app. Makes sense. Otherwise, we would be "lending" our sw to others.

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Community Beginner ,
May 29, 2012

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What if... you leave an Adobe application open at home, but you put your computer to sleep and then try to run the same application at work... Would the Cloud still think that license is in use...?

I'm just trying to get a mental picture of how it works... whether it's like using a license server. Anyhow, I've signed up so I'll test all this for myself in the coming weeks...

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Enthusiast ,
May 29, 2012

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The sw resides on the computer. Files can migrate to and from cloud.

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Participant ,
May 29, 2012

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I don't want my apps on the cloud either.  I want them installed locally, but I want my registration to follow me, the user, the guy who licensed the software.  Where-ever I go, if the software is installed, but not activated, I should be able to sit down, log-in, and the software becomes activated until such time as I log out.

I am happy to note, however, that last night, as my desktop was rendering and exporting from Premiere, and clogged up, I was able to successfully open Photoshop on my laptop and work there.  One user, two machines, different products open at once. 

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Explorer ,
May 29, 2012

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Just out of curiosity.. How is Bootcamp treated? I have a laptop with Bootcamp on it and a desktop.. If I want to install the Cloud Suite on my OS-X partition and my Bootcamp partition does that mean 1 machine has eaten up both of my licenses? ergo, I can't install Cloud Suite on my desktop?

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2012

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From what Ive read here - bootcamp and OSX on same machine eats up two installs 😞

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Participant ,
Jun 15, 2012

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i see a lot of questions and problems  here, but not many answers or responses that the problems have been resolved

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Explorer ,
Jun 15, 2012

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I think the simplest thing Adobe could do right this second and make everything far less painful for all of us would be to change their system to allow unlimited deactivation's without freezing an account, allow for 2 simultaneous activation's, and provide an online interface to let us deactivate remotely.  In an ideal world I would prefer unlimited installs, unlimited activation's but cloud users must log in to use the suite and they can't be simultaneously logged in to more than 1 or 2 machines at once.. Then manage abuse as the exception.     Really we are looking at a philosophical difference on how Adobe views License abuse.. They assume all licenses will be abused and there for has draconian measures to protect their IP. As apposed to assuming there are only some licenses abuses and therefore you only need mechanics to detect and disable those abusive users and serial numbers.  The result of these dated methodologies we all feel like we are "renting" software from 1999 instead of enjoying the great Software as a Service offering that this could be.  Hey Adobe, don't be the RIAA! loosen up, and make this better then it is :-).  We are giving you money, we are the good guys, stop treating us like potential criminals..  Thanks! Josh

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New Here ,
May 12, 2012

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@ tgough88 & Jeff - Historically I have loaded the software to a portable drive, which allows it to be shared by my 4 personal computers at home via my home network and taking the drive with me as needed using 1 licence. I then load the 2nd licence to my network SQL Server to have personal access from any location across my work network. This allowed me to leave my home apps open yet still utilize the work copy. (Still could only open the apps from one computer per physical software deployment) Can the CC apllication do the same?

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Adobe Employee ,
May 12, 2012

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@Daryl Barnes you should be fine as you are still complying with EULA

@Smakelaien are you and another individual using the applications on two separate computers?  That would be one of the definitions of utilizing the software at the same time by multiple individuals.

@Jon Vital you should be just fine.  If you run into a problem, much like has been the same since Creative Suite 2, simply contact our support team.

@Robdma01 if you were able to get that solution to work with previous Creative Suite applications then maybe.  I don't see how such a solution would have worked with our applications previously as they have to many shared components to lend themselves to being installed as a portable application.  If you have additional inquires on this though I would recommend posting to another thread as trying to install Creative Cloud as a portable application is a seperate topic.

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@breezez10 I would agree with the yes answer as well.  If you run into a problem simply contact our support team.

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Community Beginner ,
May 12, 2012

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@Jeff, no. Imagine this situation: I work on a Photoshop project at work and when leaving for home, I leave the machine on and Photoshop running. At home, I use Photoshop for something else (the same or different project) on my home machine.

Alternatively, I bring the work laptop home and when at home, switch back and forth working between the work and home projects on side-by-side machines. So there would be one person using the software - and one person at any give time - but I would have two copies running at the same time and even work on both copies within potentially the same minute - but not at the _exact_ same time.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 12, 2012

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tgough88 wrote:

You can install the apps available in Creative Cloud on your primary computer and one backup computer, as long as they are not running at the same time. You will have access to both the Mac OS and Windows versions, so if you have a Mac at home and a PC at work, for example, you can install your applications on both. See the product license agreements page for more information.

Read more in the Creative Cloud FAQ

I think this answer is not only confusing, but wrong. I have a CC subscription and am running PS CS6, for example, on both my iMac and MacBook Air at the same time! This is the same config that was allowed in previous CS releases.

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And it is allowed with Creative Cloud as well Scott.  You are right though the EULA has not changed from the previous desktop versions.

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New Here ,
May 13, 2012

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Here's one question that I have not seen posed so far which happens to apply to my case. I have a PC and a Mac. Say I install PS on the PC and Illustrator on the Mac and they are both running at the same time. So it's not the same application but it is two creative suite products running at the same time on different computers.  That is: is the "not at the same time" restriction on a "subscription" basis or it on an app basis?

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May 15, 2012

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First, CC is the best Adobe has put forth (aside from the app's, of course) and I agree with both sides. I have a laptop, desktop, and a seat, and would be nice to be able to have multiple installs. I have CS4 and 5 at home and my seat is 5.5. What if I had a dongle or something? I could leverage with that because they won't upgrade every seat.?? Avid does that for my Pro Tools.

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May 15, 2012

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My question is similar to Vonchor's.  I use most applications on either my desktop or my laptop (depending on my needs at the time - but never at the same time).  What I would like to do though is put Media Encoder on my server and let it handle all the encoding, freeing up whichever computer I'm using to continue doing the creative work.  Media Encoder would not be running on either my desktop or laptop ever and the Server would never run any of the other programs.  Is it possible to distribute the programs across computers in this manner all under one license or will I have to get full license just to run Media Encoder on our server?

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Wow!  What a mess.  Tell you the truth, I've been using Adobe apps for over 13 years and I never installed my software on more than one computer.  I've never abused my single license.

I have two (2) PC's - one (1) configured for multimedia production and one (1) configured more for Acrobat, Web, ... less CPU intensive computing. AND, I have one (1) MacBook Pro I use when I'm away from my home office [at Starbucks].

SO, in one word - YES or NO (and I don't care from who the answer comes from) is it acceptable/permitted for me to purchase one (1) Creative Cloud subscription and install what I need on each of my three (3) computers and adhere to the EULA?

Thank you in advance for a FINAL & MOST DEFINITIVE clarification of terms pertaining to the Adobe Creative Cloud EULA for a single user.  ~Monte Dallas, TX

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May 16, 2012

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Like many creative pros I use two computers concurrently.  I will run an action on a batch of photos on one computer while I edit a different project on my other computer.  I would LOVE to sign up for Cloud, but it just doesn't seem to allow me (and others) to work in a way that is efficient.  I work on large projects and would have a lot of down time if I could only use one computer at a time.  Does anyone know if Adobe has plans to solve this? Thank you.

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I have a strange situation and wonder how it can be resolved. I have installed the creative suite to a hard drive on my Mac Pro. I also have a copy of CS6 on my laptop. In a few weeks I will be working on a project that necessitates me working in Sydney for a week or so ( I live and work from home in Melbourne). What I would like to do is take the hard drive out of my machine at home in it's handy caddy, then slide this into a similar machine in Sydney, ie a different piece if hardware. Do I need to de activate before I go away then re activate when I get to Sydney or is the activation only aware of how many times the software has been switched on.

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May 30, 2012

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Is this license attached to the hardware? As a developer, I often use machines which boot to different versions of an OS. Would the CC recognize the same machine, or would each multi-boot require a separate license?

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Community Beginner ,
May 30, 2012

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Still from what Ive read here - dualboot with two windows' installs counts as two installs 😞

Myself I also wish it was per machine or per user,

that would be best ..

Per user - with a login process - Or that, in addition - to the situation as is now.


My wish scenario is that one could install two places, and easily move one of those to a new location with a "in one go" signout of the old station.

Possibly in the Adobe Application Manager.

Or that in addition to being able to sign in anywhere. So the licence would follow the user..

But this is apparently not Adobes setup right now..

I dont think hardware dongles are a good idea ..

Better an option for internet login and verification per session..
Or just trust the user .. 🙂

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Hi Jeff and tgough

Well, would be nice to have the software installed on 3 or more computers, but still use only one. On the other hand, I undestand your concern about abuse of software use on  many machines or at the same time. So, to solve this, maybe a Hardware Dongle be a nice solution. Some time ago I use Maya with a dongle. I had it installed on 4 machines (including my laptop) and I need only plug the dongle (USB) on the machine I need to use Maya at that time. This avoid simultaneous use of one license. The drawback - If the user lose the dongle, he need to buy another one and release old lD dongle ID license to be desactivated. Anyway, still check the net (cloud) to confirm if ID and license still valid. Maybe its a nice and simple solution for those situations where user need to have "floating licenses" ond diferent locations.

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Jun 04, 2012

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I'm a little confused.  When I spoke with Adobe Tech Support prior to subscribing, we discussed that the nice advantage of Creative Cloud is that I can use it to work on any computer at any time - my desktop at home, laptop, work desktop, parents', etc.  The only caveat being of course I could only be signed onto one computer at a time.  According to the response above, the information I received from Tech support is INCORRECT and there is no advantage to Creative Cloud any more than with the current desktop version (one desktop, one laptop).  Needless to say, I'm very, very disappointed!!!

Also, I downloaded software this weekend to my home desktop.  I just went to download some of the same items to my laptop; however, not all applications were available to download (ie Edge, etc.) I only have 12 options to download to my laptop... therefore, I am NOT getting everything to my laptop.  What gives??

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actually, i think you might be ok. watching the webcast from the photoshopusers.com site, they talked about installing on any computer you want, but you may only activate two licenses. they have lots in their studio, so this makes me think it's correct.

if you have two licenses already active and try to install the suite locally on a third machine, you'll first be prompted to deactivate one of the other licenses.

that is perfectly fine with me! it can be a bit awkward perhaps, and maybe in the future we'll have a personal license, so as long as it's just me only, i'm good.

or, if two it must be, perhaps it should automatically offer me the ability at each computer: you're already active on two. shall i deactivate one? that way i don't have to remember at the office and don't have to return there to use one at home.

but as long as i have multiple installs and have two activations, i'm happy.

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I was under the impression it is two installs per license; only can work on one machine.

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