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Adobe VIP Licensing

The Adobe VIP program allows the licensing of single applications (see the list below) or the entire Creative Cloud suite.

Adobe implemented a subscription-based license for most products beginning in 2014. In the past, Adobe products have been available with perpetual licenses, meaning the user could buy the product once and then use it without any license end date. Under Adobe’s new license structure for Creative Cloud and the VIP Program, an annual subscription is required in order to use every product. The software will disable itself if the subscription is not renewed.


License Types

Under this new licensing program, there will be two types of licenses: user and device.

Device License

Device licenses will be used for multi-user computers such as lab or classroom computers. They allow multiple logins and do not include features such as online services and storage.

User License


User licenses cost more (see pricing below) but they include home usage rights, cloud storage, and other online services.

For WKU-owned faculty and staff computers, either the user license or the device license might be most appropriate.



Creative Cloud

  • Photoshop CC
  • Illustrator CC
  • InDesign CC
  • Dreamweaver CC
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • After Effects CC
  • Acrobat XI Pro**
  • Adobe Muse CC
  • Adobe Audition CC
  • Bridge CC
  • Edge Tools & Services*
  • Encore
  • Fireworks
  • Flash Builder Premium
  • Flash Professional CC
  • InCopy CC
  • Lightroom
  • Media Encoder CC
  • Prelude CC
  • SpeedGrade CC

Single app

  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Dreamweaver
  • Edge Animate 
  • Edge Inspect
  • Flash Pro
  • Illustrator
  • InCopy
  • InDesign
  • Muse
  • Photoshop
  • Prelude
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere Pro 
  • SpeedGrade

Edge Tools & Services are included only in the user based licensing option. 

** Adobe Acrobat will continue to be available outside of Creative Cloud and can be purchased without a subscription through the Software Center.

If you have questions about what any of these apps do, please visit Adobe's website for more info. If you'd like to order, please contact software@wku.edu.



Below is the pricing for 12 months of software usage for the various levels and categories.There are multiple levels for each of these two main categories (user and device).  If a license is purchased after the beginning of the fiscal year, the price will be a pro-rated price. 

Creative Cloud (All Adobe Apps)

Device Based Level 4 Qty purchased 1000+ $167.81
User Based Level 4 Qty purchased 1000+ $234.98

Single Adobe App

Device Based Level 4 Qty purchased 1000+ $87.20
User Based Level 4 Qty purchased 1000+ pricing varies

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 Last Modified 8/5/19