SoftwareAdobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat Pro

Software for photos, graphics and design, websites and video

The Adobe Creative Cloud includes a variety of software for working with photos, graphics and design, websites and videos. Employees of the university are able to access the Creative Cloud through the Computing Centre and obtain the software on a rental basis. The following products are included in the Creative Cloud:

  • Acrobat Professional
  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Bridge
  • Dreamweaver
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Media Encode
  • Photoshop
  • Premiere
  • and much more.

(This list is non-binding. Please refer to the linked Adobe website for a complete and up-to-date list of included software).

The Adobe Acrobat Professional PDF software can also be rented as a standalone product.

Looking for alternatives? In many cases in which Adobe products are used at the university, lower-cost or even free alternatives are available. More information about this can be found under the heading "Alternative Software".

Target Group

  • University employees


  • Use of all Creative Cloud applications or Adobe Acrobat Pro

Access and Requirements

The following versions of the software can be leased on a fixed term basis until 22.11.2025:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps (incl. Adobe Acrobat Professional)
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional DC

Access to the rented software is person-specific and is granted via an Adobe ID created by the URZ. This ID will correspond to your work email address.


To submit an order for an Adobe product, please fill out the linked PDF form and send it to the URZ.

Please note: Procurement of the software is based on the LRZ Framework Agreement, to which the URZ is a signatory. The software must be rented for the entire remaining period of the framework contract (until 22.11.2025).

Term and Cost

The term runs from the date of delivery to the day before the third anniversary of the date of delivery; the current term is from 11/23/2022-11/22/2025.

You can find the exact costs in the linked order form. Payment is due after the invoice has been issued by the URZ. Invoices are issued at an annual billing interval in the first quarter of the year.

Alternative Software

Adobe software meets the highest professional demands and has been the standard in the creative field for decades. However, for many applications, there are now excellent alternatives available, often under significantly cheaper conditions:

Affinity Suite: The Affinity products from the developer Serif have established themselves as professional competitors to Adobe in recent years. Their current offerings are Affinity Photo (as an alternative to Photoshop), Affinity Designer (as an alternative to Illustrator), and Affinity Publisher (as an alternative to InDesign). Affinity software products can be purchased as either device or user licenses with a one-time payment. This means that after purchase, they can be used indefinitely (not a rental model).

Open source products: In many cases, free open source products can also provide viable alternatives. For instance, the following tools are available:

  • Alternatives to Photoshop: GIMP, Krita
  • Alternatives to Illustrator: Inkscape
  • Alternatives to InDesign: Scribus
  • Alternatives to Premiere Pro: Kdenlive, Shotcut, Openshot
  • Alternatives to Lightroom: RawTherapee, Darktable

PDF-XChange Pro: The PDF-XChange Pro software package allows PDF files to be created, edited and converted in a variety of ways. A campus license is available for this software, and it can be used by all employees free of charge. For centrally managed Windows machines (via MECM) you can easily install PDF-XChange Pro from the Software Center.