[Updated with additional information from Adobe on their TLP and CLP volume licensing programs.]
Today, I received an email from Adobe Systems announcing it will discontinue sales of Creative Suite 6 applications under their TLP and CLP licensing programs. At first blush, this seemed to mean that all CS6 applications would no longer be available after June 1.
However, this is not true. What IS being discontinued are volume sales of all CS6 applications from Adobe’s CLP (Cumulative Licensing Program) and TLP (Transactional Licensing Program). For a website defining what these are, click here.
The full text of Adobe’s message reads:
Dear Adobe Customer,
At Adobe, we’ve always been steadfast in our commitment to providing you with state-of-the-art creative tools. That’s why, effective June 1, we’re making Adobe Creative Cloud your exclusive source for all future creative licensing. This means that Adobe Creative Suite 6 will be discontinued under our TLP and CLP licensing programs. All other Adobe products available under volume licensing, like Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Presenter, will be unaffected by this change.
Rest assured, we’ll work with you to help make the move to Creative Cloud smooth and without disruption to your team’s projects. If you prefer, you may still buy individual copies of CS6 on adobe.com; however, the apps will not have been updated since CS6 was released two years ago.
As with any change, you’re likely to have questions. For answers, contact us at 800-915-9424 or visit our resource page, which includes FAQs, a comparison of CS6 and Creative Cloud, and other useful information.
Thank you for your business, and we look forward to creating more great things together.
Discontinuing CS6 software was especially concerning to me because Adobe Encore is the only affordable way we currently have on the Mac to author DVD and Blu-ray Discs.
When I contacted Adobe to verify my facts I learned:
* Individual copies of all CS6 software will continue to be available for sale and download after June 1 on Adobe’s website.
* This message was sent to indicate that volume licenses of CS6 software will not be sold after June 1. (Though Adobe could have done a lot better job with the wording.)
* However, support for all CS6 products will continue past the June 1 date. “Support will continue as long as feasible – no firm date on dropping it, it’s all dependent on OS / Platform viability, so some ways off yet.”
* For those that need DVD / Blu-ray Disk authoring, “Encore CS6 will remain an entitlement to CC subscribers, there is no plan on changing that.”
* However, if you are not a CC subscriber, you would be well advised to purchase Encore before the June 1 deadline, if you see yourself needing DVD or Blu-ray authoring in the future, as the software won’t be available separately after the June 1 date.
If you are a volume licensee of Adobe and have additional questions, please contact Adobe at 800-915-9424.
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