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Adobe Creative Cloud: Activate/Deactivate and “Phone Home” License Check

Michael W writes:

I am new to Macs but have been using Adobe since CS1. Can the main hard drive be cloned so that if the drive crashes it can be removed and replaced with the clone drive and still keep CS6 activated and installed? Again, I am new to Macs.

Can the Adobe software be deactivated and reinstalled on a new machine? I am curious to know if at some point Adobe would disallow that so that the software can no longer be removed, moved and reinstalled.

Explicit Adobe Photoshop Deactivation

MPG: At least with the non-Cloud version cloning has proved itself to be a valuable solution for the boot/system drive (and others)

Kudos to Adobe for an intelligent implementation which avoids the Microsoft activation headache of considering a different boot drive a different computer, even if the computer is otherwise identical.

I don’t as yet know if the coming revised Cloud version will behave the same way, or (as in the non-Cloud version) whether it still allows activation and deactivation the same ways as currently.

What about off the internet?

Being off the 'net and having the software shut itself off is not appealing. And potentially a workflow disaster for some.

The right way to do this is to take all the FUD* out of it by making it explicit, a menu command something like this:

License Refresh (13 Days Remaining)

Such a menu command would serve two purposes:

  • To show how many more days remain to the next license check, thus eliminating the fear and doubt of an inopportune requirement.
  • Choosing the menu command would refresh the timer to its full duration.

The Adobe Creative Cloud FAQ states the following:

Do I need ongoing Internet access to use my Creative Cloud desktop applications?

No. Your Creative Cloud desktop applications (such as Photoshop and Illustrator) are installed directly on your computer, so you won't need an ongoing Internet connection to use them on a daily basis.

You will need to be online when you install and license your software. If you have an annual membership, you'll be asked to connect to the web to validate your software licenses every 30 days. However, you'll be able to use products for 3 months (99 days) even if you're offline.

The “99 day” thing (it it actually works properly) seems to be a solution except perhaps for those traveling to Antarctica or similar areas.

* FUD = fear, uncertainty, doubt

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