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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 - May 2017

Important Update

Adobe Acrobat Document Creator (DC)  - Princeton Enterprise Agreement – Available in July 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 unsecure versions will be gone. OIT expects to have the license in place by July 1.  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 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.

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.  If your department owns one or more of the below Adobe licenses and it's installed on a DeSC Standard computer, please complete and submit the Department Owned Adobe on DeSC and MacDeSC Standard Computers form before Monday, July 17, 2017. 

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

Submitted computer names will be removed from the list of DeSC and MacDeSC Standard computers scheduled for Adobe uninstallation--currently scheduled for late summer 2017.

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)