Adobe Creative Cloud


Adobe Creative Cloud is a suite of software applications used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and other related tools.

Software Details

Our license with Adobe allows us to install the following components of Creative Cloud:

Acrobat DC Pro
After Effects
Edge Animate

Edge Code
Edge Inspect
Edge Reflow
Fireworks CS6
Flash Builder

Lightroom Classic
Premiere Clip
Premiere Pro
Premiere Rush

* = Component may require additional licensing. Contact CIS for assistance.


Faculty & Staff: Permanent faculty and staff are granted a Named User license, which permits them to use Creative Cloud on up to 2 devices.  This licensing excludes adjunct faculty and staff who do not use a computer for 50% or more of their job.

Shared Workstations: Additional eligibility is extended to staff who do not receive a Named User license and student employees.  This is provided via a specially configured installation of Creative Cloud, which CIS can coordinate for SPU-managed, shared computers.

Computer Labs: Creative Cloud is also installed in some computer labs, and available in these locations by anyone with an Adobe ID login (which can be created for free).

Creative Cloud for Fac/Staff

Faculty and Staff who wish to use Creative Cloud on their SPU-managed device need to complete the steps below.

  1. Uninstall any existing Creative Cloud 2018 or prior versions

  2. Install Adobe Creative Cloud
    1. Mac
      1. After uninstall all prior versions of Creative Cloud and your account has been provisioned by Adobe, go to the Adobe Help Site to download the Creative Cloud Desktop app.
        1. Click on: How to Download Creative Cloud desktop app using direct download links
        2. Click on: Creative Cloud desktop app (for macOS)
      2. Go to your downloads folder to find the Creative Cloud Desktop package. Double click to launch the installer and follow the installation steps.

Note - CIS is in the process of building a Mac Software Center. At that point, all CIS-approved Mac software will be available for download in the Mac Software Center.

    1. Windows
      1. Software Center
        1. Package name: "Creative Cloud Fac/Staff"
      2. The package will attempt to uninstall the previous version of Creative Cloud before installing the new one, but sometimes this fails.  Try uninstalling the previous versions of Creative Cloud and restarting your computer.  If it still fails to install, please contact CIS for further assistance.
  1. Open Creative Cloud and follow instructions to sign in.
    1. You will now be signed in to the Creative Cloud Desktop App, but with no applications installed.
  2. To install an application from the CC Desktop App, select "Apps" and click "Install" next the application you want to install from the listing presented below.

Creative Cloud for Shared Devices

Any user may use Creative Cloud on a classroom/lab device that has it installed, though you will be required to sign in (instructions here).

Creative Cloud is pre-installed on computers in the following locations:

  • Ames Library (lower level computer lab)
  • Art Center (all classrooms/labs)
  • Marston/Watson Hall 3
  • McKenna Hall 113
  • Otto Miller Hall 253

CIS can install Creative Cloud on additional classroom podium computers. Faculty members who need this for instructional purposes should submit a request to the CIS Help Desk.

Creative Cloud for Students

SPU is unable to provide AppStream licensing to students apart from the installations on shared devices in the computer labs noted above.  Students may purchase a subscription directly from Adobe: