Why charities should consider Adobe Cloud over desktop

Is your charity getting the most out of Adobe’s creative products? We explain why the cloud might be better option for efficiency and collaboration.

Chloe Green | 15th Mar 19
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Charities often assume that using the desktop versions of Adobe’s apps such as PhotoShop, InDesign and Acrobat is better for them because they pay only the admin fee to access the product with no ongoing costs.

However, using Adobe’s products as part of the Creative Cloud suite comes with lots of benefits around effiency, sharing and collaboration that charities may not be aware of, and that may outweight the presumed cost saving for some.

While the apps live locally on your computer with the desktop versions, Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to a full suite of apps including PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premier Pro, Lightroom and Dreamweaver, hosted in the cloud. Charities can get discounted rates through Charity Digital’s Charity Digital Exchange catalogue.

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

1 – 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, making it easy for temporary staff or volunteers to update documents from their own devices. 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.


2 – 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 out and about with volunteers or service users. 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.


3 – 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 Charity Digital 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 sensitsive charity 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.


4 – 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.


Go to the Charity Digital Exchange software donation platform to access Adobe Creative Cloud and many more products at special discounted rates for charities







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