Department of Information Technology

Adobe products


Uppsala University has two agreements for Adobe products:

1. Licences to rent

The license period is 2015-11 until 2018-11. It contains a suite named Adobe Complete. The following applications are included:

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You can rent the whole suite or you can rent an application as Single-App. Acrobat Pro and Photoshop Lightroom are unfortunately not possible to rent as Single-Apps.

You pay annually. The cost is 1339 SEK for the whole suite or 727 SEK per application.

To get the software and register licenses, make a request in Bugzilla. Please include your supervisor or the person in charge for the project that will finance the purchase so that he/she can approve it.

2. Licenses to buy

You can use these licenses "for ever", but you are not allowed to upgrade the applications when new versions are released. Included applications are for example Adobe Acrobat Pro 820 SEK and Photoshop Elements 225 SEK. For a complete list please look at this page.

To get the software and register licenses, make a request in Bugzilla. Please include your supervisor or the person in charge for the project that will finance the purchase so that he/she can approve it.

Free alternative to Adobe products

  • Notice that Acrobat Pro is not required to read PDF documents or create (simple) PDF documents. We recommend Adobe Reader (freeware) for reading PDF documents and PDFCreator (freeware for windows) to create PDF documents.
  • As an alternative to Acrobat Professional for Windows we recommend pdf xchange for which campus Polacksbacken has a large multi-user license.
  • There are some free alternatives to Adobe applications (but no perfect replacements). Here are some suggestions:
Application Alternative Platform
Photoshop GIMP Mac OS, Windows, Linux
Microsoft Office Picture Manager (simple photo editing) Windows
Illustrator InkScape Mac OS, Windows, Linux
Draw.IO (simple block diagrams) Web
InDesign Scribus Mac OS, Windows, Linux
Acrobat Pro Acrobat Reader (to read PDF and fill forms) Mac OS, Windows, Linux
PDFCreator (to create PDF by "printing" from other applications) Windows
Word 2013 (to open PDF, edit and convert to Word) Windows
PDFsam (to combine, divide and rotate PDF-documents) Mac OS, Windows, Linux
AbleWord (to open PDF, edit and convert to Word) Windows
CutePDF (to create PDF by "printing" from other applications) Mac OS, Windows, Linux
Updated  2017-01-18 13:10:36 by Karolina Malm Holmgren.