Adobe Acrobat Licensing Announcement: What it means for you

15 Apr 2024

In a move that marks a significant shift in Adobe’s distribution strategy, the company has announced the discontinuation of Transactional Licensing Program (TLP) and Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP) purchase options for Adobe Acrobat. This decision comes as part of Adobe’s broader efforts to streamline its offerings and adapt to evolving market dynamics.

The End of an Era:

For years, Adobe Acrobat has been a cornerstone tool for businesses, educational institutions and individuals worldwide, offering powerful PDF editing, creation and collaboration features. The availability of TLP and CLP purchase options has provided flexibility for organisations to procure Adobe Acrobat licenses in alignment with their specific needs and budgetary considerations.

However, with the changing landscape of software distribution and customer preferences, Adobe has made the strategic decision to discontinue the TLP and CLP purchase options for Adobe Acrobat, effective July 15th 2024. Moving forward, Adobe Acrobat will only be available through alternative licensing models, such as Adobe’s subscription-based Creative Cloud offerings.

What It Means for You:

If your organisation has traditionally relied on TLP or CLP to purchase Adobe Acrobat licenses, it’s essential to understand the implications of this change. Here are some key points to consider:

Transition to Subscription-Based Licensing: With the discontinuation of TLP and CLP options, organisations will need to transition to subscription-based licensing models. These subscription plans offer access to Adobe Acrobat along with a comprehensive suite of tools and services, such as Adobe Sign and cloud storage.

Predictable Budgeting: While the shift to subscription-based licensing may require adjustments to your procurement processes, it can also offer benefits such as predictable monthly or annual costs, regular access to software updates, and enhanced flexibility to scale licenses up or down based on evolving needs.

Support and Maintenance: Subscribing to Adobe’s Subscription plans ensures ongoing support and maintenance for Adobe Acrobat, including access to the latest features, security updates, and technical assistance from Adobe’s support team.

Migration Assistance: Academia is committed to supporting customers throughout the transition process. Organisations that are currently using TLP or CLP for Adobe Acrobat can reach out to your Academia Account Manager, for guidance on migrating to subscription-based licensing options.

Looking Ahead:

As Adobe sunsets the TLP and CLP purchase options for Adobe Acrobat, it’s evident that the software industry continues to undergo transformation. By embracing subscription-based models and leveraging the power of cloud-based services, Adobe aims to provide customers with greater flexibility, accessibility and value.

As you prepare to make the transition, remember that Academia is here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re exploring subscription options, migrating existing licenses, or seeking guidance on optimising your software investments, Academia’s dedicated team is ready to assist you in unlocking the full potential of Adobe Acrobat and the broader Creative Cloud ecosystem.

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