When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Northern Iowa, I had my first experience with Adobe's creative solutions. Photoshop, Illustrator, Pagemaker (the predecessor to InDesign), and the now defunct web editors PageMill and GoLive, were wonderful creative tools that enabled me to engage in all sorts of artistic endeavors. The pricing for these applications was fairly high even in the late 90s. Academic pricing certainly helped, but the pathways to upgrades were costly. Thankfully, in 2012, Adobe has gone to the cloud. The entire set of applications in Adobe's Creative Suite 6 is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud.
What this means for student affairs practitioners is that you no longer have to use Microsoft Publisher or some other lackluster piece of software for graphic design, photo editing, and document creation. Student affairs staff can sign up for the "Student and Teacher Edition" which is currently priced at $19.99 per month. Build this into your annual operating budget and you've got access to the very best in creative software. If your department can't afford to add the Adobe Creative Cloud to your toolkit, check with your institution to see if they might do a large-scale rollout for key creative creators.
At this year's phenomenal EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, I had the chance to chat with some folks at Adobe. During our conversation, I noted that Adobe has been synonymous with providing amazing software for graphic designers and multimedia producers, but that the Creative Cloud was truly game-changing. Included with your Creative Cloud membership is "up to 20gb" of cloud-based file storage, automatic application updates, and more applications than you'll know what to do with. It's a remarkable update for Adobe as this potentially allows more student affairs practitioners to have access to the tools that they've always wanted to use.
Are you already using the Adobe Creative Cloud within your student affairs area?
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