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

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Due to a change in the university's licensing agreement with Adobe, beginning Friday, July 1, 2022, students will no longer be able to download Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for no cost. The annual cost going forward will be $29, 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 DC on July 1st. To retain access, purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with a credit card from the Software Center after July 1. If you do not plan on renewing your Adobe subscription and you have documents stored in Adobe’s cloud storage, you will want to log into Acrobat Pro before July 1 and download your files. Before purchasing Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, check out these alternatives first, as most students likely do not need the full version of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

If you have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, that will be 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. Complete the purchase through the Software Center. Purchases made after June 1, 2022 will run through June 30, 2023. Note: Adobe Creative Cloud includes Adobe Acrobat Pro, so you do not need to purchase Acrobat Pro if you are purchasing Adobe Creative Cloud.

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