Information Technology

Software- Adobe Creative Suite


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Software for Faculty & Staff








Information Technology Services Division (ITSD), in conjunction with the other UMass campuses, has reached an agreement to distribute of Adobe’s Creative Suite to the campus community. The versions we are distributing are CS 6 Design and Web Premium and  CS 5.5 Design Premium. The following applications are included:

  • Acrobat Professional X
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Flash Professional & Catalyst
  • Dreamweaver (will not work with UMass Boston web site)

To learn more about these applications, use the Atomic Learning video training available through UMass Boston. See the related links in the right hand column. Log in using your full email address and email password.

Distribution & Cost of Software

This site license allows our faculty and staff to install this suite of products on their university owned computer.  Our contract covers all lab computers as well. The software is available for Windows and Mac.  Please specify which version you want when requesting the software. There will be a nominal cost associated with installing this software — $15 per license (see below).


Because of the high volume of requests for Adobe discs, we have made the software available on the University's APPS server for installation. This options requires the installation to take place on the University campus.

Following are the basic instructions. When installing, you will need the license code for the software, which you can obtain from the IT Service Desk for $15 per installation (see "Cost," below). If you don’t have the code, you can install the software as a trial and enter the code later.

Windows: Right click on the desktop and select “New > Shortcut.” Type \\APPS for the location and click “Next.” If prompted, enter your UMB email username (the part before the @ sign in your email address ) and password. Type a name for the shortcut (we suggest “Apps Server”) and click “Finish.” Double click the shortcut, double click “DistApps,” double click “Adobe Creative Suite,” and navigate to the version you prefer. Double click "Set-up.exe” to begin installation.

Macintosh: In the Finder, go to the “Go” menu and select “Connect to Server.” Type smb:// and click “Connect.” Enter your UMB email username (the part before the @ sign in your email address) and password and click “Connect.” Click “DistApps” and click “OK.” In the DistApps window, double click “Adobe Creative Suite” and then navigate to the version you prefer. Double click the .dmg file to mount the disk image on your desktop. When the disk image mounts, double click the ijnstaller to begin installation.

Alternatively you may request a set of discs to borrow to install this software. As with other software requests, send a message to specifying the exact software you would like to borrow. Please note that there will be a delay in fulfilling requests for physical discs for the Adobe Creative Suite.

If you download the software but receive errors installing, make sure you have administrative access to the computer. Uninstall any trial versions of Adobe software and run the Adobe Creative Suite Cleaner Tool. If you require other assistance installing this software, contact the IT Service Desk (287-5220 or


Because of the high cost of this software, we are charging users $15 per installation. The retail price for Adobe Creative Suite is well over $1,500; with educational discount an individual license costs about $600. Quite a bargain!

   1. The cost for the entire Creative Suite is $15 per license (includes Acrobat X)
   2. If you wish to install the Creative Suite in a lab, the cost is $15 per seat

Payment may be made via Speedtype or check. Checks should be made out to the "Computer Trust Fund."


Support is presently available through the Digital Learning Studio (Faculty Support Center) located on the 3rd Floor of the Library.

Digital Learning Studio
3rd Floor Healey Library
(617) 287-5977


Upcoming training workshops are listed on the Training Portal.  Please visit: or contact or call 7-5221.

We also offer Atomic Learning video training. See the related links in the right hand column. Log in using your full email address and email password.

Recordings from the UMass Boston Adobe Day:

    * Acrobat:
    * Dreamweaver:
    * InDesign (pt 1):
    * InDesign (pt 2):
    * Photoshop:
    * Acrobat:
    * Dreamweaver:
    * InDesign:
    * Photoshop: