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The DeSC software set will be updated periodically using Dell KACE or GPO automated software distribution systems.

Prior to these software distributions, notification will be sent to the DeSC Contacts.

Adobe Acrobat Document Creator (DC)

Princeton Enterprise Agreement

The use of Acrobat Professional is so prevalent that it was determined that an enterprise license was the most cost effective way to provide the software to all those who need it.  An additional benefit is that the secure product, Acrobat Pro DC, is in use across campus, and that older versions will be gone. OIT offers installers available by going to the and searching for the Acrobat DC knowledge article.  The software may be installed on all institutionally owned computers free of charge. 

Adobe DC is automatically distributed to DeSC/MacDeSC Standard and DeSC/MacDeSC Lite managed environments during setup.

Adobe Creative Cloud Products – Not Part of Princeton Enterprise Agreement

The University will not pursue an enterprise agreement for Creative Cloud.  Departments that require any of the creative products previously available through DeSC such as Photoshop or InDesign will need to purchase a subscription to Creative Cloud.

 How to order Adobe Products

If department users on Princeton university owned computers still need to use one or more of these applications, the department may purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) "Named-user" annual license from the OIT Store for the user.   Adobe CC licenses are a 1 year annual lease (for prorated and annual pricing see OIT Store website).  This subscription allows an individual user to use one, two, or all the Adobe Creative Cloud apps on up to two machines (not simultaneously).

Sample Pricing (for current pricing see OIT Store website):

One Creative Cloud app - $77.00
Two Creative Cloud apps = $154.00
Three or more (all of the CC apps) = $179.00


  • User needs to run Dreamweaver.  The named user price is $77.00

  • User needs to run both Photoshop and Indesign.  The named user price is $154.00

  • User needs to run Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.  The named user price is $179.00.   At this price point all the Creative Cloud apps are available to this user 

To view list of all available Creative Cloud apps (besides those listed above), see -

When ordering a CC named user license, you will need to specify the user’s netid.  Once purchased, the named user will be asked to create an AdobeID with Adobe based on their Princeton email address (  This is how they will authenticate and license their Adobe CC purchase.

KACE Weekend Patching

The below listed central software distribution to DeSC Standard & Lite and MacDeSC Standard & Lite computers will be deployed on weekends but only if there updates/patches available.  Notification will be posted on the OIT Patching/Updates SharePoint site if new updates have been enabled for that weekend.  OIT Help Desk will also send a notification to the SOC Twitter followers.

Deploys the following software if it is not installed on computer:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • McAfee Endpoint Protection Security Software  (McAfee ePO) 

Distributes updates to the following software if it is installed on the computer

  • ePO Agent
  • KACE Agent
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Java
  • Flash
  • Shockwave
  • Adobe Air
  • iTunes
  • McAfee Security Software  (McAfee ePO)