Adobe Cloud vs Desktop: why choose the cloud?

Adobe’s cloud-based products as part of the Creative Cloud suite have enormously increased your options for accessing your creative content using apps including as PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premier Pro, Lightroom, and Dreamweaver.

By using offline donated Adobe software, you benefit by paying only the admin fee to access the product with no ongoing costs.

The downside, however, is that work created in your offline Adobe products lives locally on your computer, limiting the options for sharing content and collaborating with colleagues.

We explore some of the top reasons why charities might choose to go to the cloud over the desktop apps.

You can access your files from any device

Adobe Creative Cloud for mobile enables you to manage your creative content easily on mobile and tablet devices. You can sync files from your computer to the Creative Cloud and access them instantly on your phone and other linked devices through the Creative Cloud desktop app, while your original documents remain on your computer.

Creative Cloud for mobile allows also allows you to annotate and share your screenshots.

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You can flexibly edit PDFs

If you are using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, working in the Cloud provides extra flexibility, letting you create, manage, view and comment on PDFs on your computer, tablet, phone or in your web browser.

Working in the cloud allows you to complete, sign and send forms quickly using information from the autofill data on your computer or device – handy while on the move. You can then monitor activity on documents sent for viewing or signing via either your desktop computer or mobile device.

Using Acrobat Pro DC also allows you to access your content in the Cloud and convert Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign files into PDFs on either your computer or device.

Adobe takes complete care of security

When you sign up to Adobe Creative Cloud, you create an Adobe ID to ensure security and also to personalise your product. That’s why when you order a new Adobe non-profit subscription through tt-exchange, you must create a new Adobe ID to go with it.

Like all big-name cloud vendors, Adobe are held to the latest standards for keeping your data secure, with all the latest security protocols in place so you don’t have to worry about what might happen if you are hacked or something happens to the servers under your control – it’s in their hands.

They don’t go out of stock

Adobe provide their desktop products from a limited stock of licenses. When the stock has depleted, we need Adobe to release further stock, so there is often a period of waiting.

The cloud-based products don’t come with any stock limits and are always available, so you know you’ll always be able to access the latest versions.

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