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Temporary Free Student Licensing Updates

As of September 29, 2020, Adobe's complimentary free student licenses have expired.

Please note that access to Adobe 2018 remains available via our online computer labs. For students who need remote access to Adobe 2020, please take advantage of SFU's educational discount.

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What is Adobe at SFU?

Simon Fraser University has signed an agreement with Adobe for the Creative Suite and Acrobat Pro.  

  • Acrobat Pro is the software that allows for the viewing, creation and editing of PDF documents.
  • Creative Suite is a collection of Adobe tools, which includes Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, Photoshop and several more.

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SFU Faculty and Staff / SFU Managed Devices

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Accessing Adobe Software

For SFU Faculty and Staff

As a faculty or staff member at SFU, you are entitled to a named-user license. This allows you to install Adobe products on your personal device using the Adobe CC portal.

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For SFU Students

As an SFU student, log-in to our online labs to access Adobe.

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SFU also maintains significant educational discounts for Adobe products.

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For SFU Managed Devices

Managed Mac and Managed Windows devices at the University already have access to Adobe products. 

These include:

  • Computers purchased and managed by a department or faculty with a purchase requisition.
  • Computers purchased and managed with funds from a research or startup grant.
  • Computers purchased by Faculty or APSA members with Professional Development funds (so long as the computer was purchased within three years).

Departmental administrators can click here for the technical install procedure.

If you have quetions about Adobe for SFU Managed Devices, send an email to software@sfu.ca

What are Alternatives to Adobe?

Looking for alternatives to Adobe products? Please see our reccomendations for free or open-source solutions. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What's included in the SFU Adobe software agreement?

What's Included

Acrobat Pro is of course just Acrobat Pro.  

Creative Suite is a collection of individual programs (including Acrobat Pro). Our campus agreement provides the main desktop applications, fonts, and some cloud storage.  Other cloud services like Portfolio, Behance, and stock are not included and must be procured separately. IT Services is not maintaining licenses for these additional services.

Training is available directly from Adobe. See here.

The best place to get info on the suite components is at Adobe's Site, but we will post a list here for brevity:

Photoshop
Image editing and compositing

Lightroom
Digital photo processing and editing

Illustrator
Vector graphics and illustration

InDesign
Page design and layout for print and digital publishing

Adobe Premiere Pro
Video production and editing

After Effects
Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics

Project Felix
Easy 2D and 3D compositing for photo-realistic images

Dreamweaver
Design and develop modern, responsive websites

Adobe Muse
Design and publish websites without writing code

Animate
Flash Professional is now Adobe Animate CC. Interactive animations for multiple platforms.

Adobe Audition
Audio recording, mixing, and restoration

Bridge
Centralize your creative assets

Media Encoder
Quickly output video files for virtually any screen

InCopy
Collaborate with copywriters and editors

Prelude
Metadata ingest, logging, and rough cuts

Spark
Easily create and share impactful visual stories — in minutes

Scout
Profile Flash games on web and devices

SpeedGrade
Film finishing and color grading

Story Plus
Collaborative screenwriting, reporting, and scheduling tools

Extension Manager
Easily install and manage extensions

ExtendScript Toolkit
Add script to your creative apps

Acrobat Pro
Create, edit, and sign PDF documents and forms