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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.

DeSC using Sassfras KeyServer client software to monitor use of the DeSC Standard Licensed Concurrent applications (Adobe Acrobat Professional, Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver).

DeSC Licensed Software Update - August 2017

Important Update

Since the below DeSC Licensed applications will no longer be supported or patched by Adobe after October 2017, they will be disabled and removed from all DeSC Standard and MacDeSC Standard machines before Monday, November 6, 2017.   

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
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 (prorated to the university’s renewal date of June 13, 2018).  This subscription allows an individual user to use one, two, or all the Adobe Creative Cloud apps on up to two machines (not simultaneously).

Pricing (as of 8/18/2017) is as follows:

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.



DeSC Licensed Software Update - June 2017

Important Update

Adobe Acrobat Document Creator (DC)  - Princeton Enterprise Agreement – Available in July 11, 2017

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 will have the license in place by July 1 and will have installers available July 11, 2017.  The software may be installed on all institutionally owned computers free of charge. OIT will distribute Acrobat DC to DeSC Standard computers this summer. 

Adobe DC will be automatically distributed to DeSC/MacDeSC Standard and DeSC/MacDeSC Lite managed environments on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 starting at 6:00pm.

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.


Clarivate Analytics EndNote

OIT will not renew the site license for EndNote .  Endnote is scheduled to be uninstall from DeSC and MacDeSC Standard computers in late 2017.

DeSC Licensed Software Update - September 2016

Important Update

Adobe announced they will end patching support for Acrobat Pro XI and Creative Suite 6 October 2017.  To prepare, the DeSC Standard Windows 10 and Office 2016 Software Set--scheduled to be released into production in late Spring/early Summer--will not include DeSC  licensed Adobe products.   

Existing installation of DeSC licensed Adobe products will be uninstalled in August 2017. 

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional XI
  • Adobe In-Design CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

DeSC Licensed Software Update - August 2016

As of summer 2016 Adobe the DeSC Licensed Adobe Productions including Acrobat Pro X1 and Creative Suite 6 ( Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver) will no longer be automatically distributed to newly imaged DeSC and MacDeSC Standard computers.The DeSC licensed Adobe Products are available in the Dell KACE Software Library for installation by a member of SCAD/DCS group or CSS on  DeSC Standard machines.

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)