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Major changes coming to Adobe products on July 1 for all CWRU users

Due to a change in the university’s licensing agreement with Adobe, beginning Friday, July 1, faculty, staff and students will no longer automatically be assigned an Adobe Acrobat Pro DC license.

Faculty and staff

University Technology ([U]Tech) will make arrangements for all faculty and staff who have logged into Adobe Acrobat Pro since mid-April, 2022, to retain a license.

Those who have not used Adobe Acrobat Pro in the past two months will lose access to the software on July 1. To maintain access, those faculty and staff members can either log into Adobe Acrobat Pro by Thursday, June 30, or visit the Software Center after July 1 and request an Adobe Acrobat Pro DC license at no charge.


Students will no longer be able to download Adobe Acrobat Pro for free. Beginning July 1, the fee will be $29/year, which is an 80% savings over the $179.88 annual cost charged by Adobe to the general consumer.

Those who downloaded the software before July 1 will lose access to Adobe Acrobat Pro on July 1. To retain access, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC may be purchased with a credit card from the Software Center after July 1.

Before purchasing Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, review alternatives, as many people likely do not need the full version of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud will also reset on July 1, requiring a new purchase to retain access. The new cost for Adobe Creative Cloud will be $120 per year—an 80% savings over the annual cost charged by Adobe to the general consumer. That product can also be purchased through the Software Center. Purchases made after June 1, will run through June 30. Note: Adobe Creative Cloud includes Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, so you do not need to request Adobe Acrobat Pro if you are purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud.

Move files away from Adobe Cloud

If you do not intend to continue using Adobe Acrobat Pro and you have documents stored in Adobe’s cloud storage, log into Adobe Acrobat Pro DC before July 1 and download your files.

Get assistance

For assistance with any technology product or service at Case Western Reserve University, contact the [U]Tech Service Desk at, 216.368.HELP (4357) or visit