Published June 19, 2014
Adobe, publishers of popular software titles such as Adobe Professional, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver, has significantly changed their software licensing model to make it economically prohibitive to continue providing these titles through My Virtual Computing Lab. SUNY and UB have attempted to negotiate sustainable licensing terms with Adobe that would provide for continued use of these titles in UB’s labs for more than a year without success.
Adobe’s previous license model was based on “perpetual” licenses, i.e. licenses purchased and owned by the University. Adobe has moved to a cloud subscription service model for software as a service that you pay for annually. You have access as long as you continue to pay. Most new releases of Adobe software will be available only through cloud subscription ("Adobe Creative Cloud"). Cloud subscription is not available for virtual labs.
Because of these license model changes, Adobe products were removed from My Virtual Computing Lab on January 21, 2014.
Adobe products will continue to be available in Public IT Service Sites across campus, until maintenance contracts for the software expire.
CIT is investigating reasonably priced or open source software titles that provide similar, perhaps identical, functionality to replace these Adobe titles in the standard software image. More information on these packages will be coming soon.