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Adobe for Nonprofits through tt-exchange - FAQs


Download and installation questions

How do I know if my computer meets the basic hardware and software requirements?

Each product includes its system requirements on the product page. Creative Cloud applications' requirements are also available on Adobe's website. To see the full list of Adobe products, visit the Adobe for Nonprofits through tt-exchange programme page.

How do I download, install, and activate Adobe products?

Follow the instructions in the fulfilment email you received from tt-exchange with the subject line "Your Adobe Donation Request #xxxxxx Through tt-exchange."

Do I have to register for an account and activate the product?

Yes. You must register for an Adobe account first before you can download and install Adobe software. To register:

  • Go to the Adobe home page.
  • Click Sign In. On the sign-in page, click Get an Adobe ID.
  • Enter your information and click Sign Up.

Where can I find technical support?

If you have download, installation, or activation issues, visit the Adobe Support page.


Adobe for Nonprofits through tt-exchange programme questions

Which Adobe products are available through tt-exchange?

Adobe offers both donations and access to discounted rates through tt-exchange:

  • Donations of select titles: Adobe currently offers Acrobat Pro for Windows, Acrobat Pro for Mac, and the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements bundle for Windows and Mac. Eligible organisations may receive up to four donated Adobe products within a (US) fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).
  • Access to discounted rates for Creative Cloud: Adobe offers access to discounted rates on Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC memberships. The Creative Cloud Complete plan includes Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC, InDesign CC, and many more products. See the Adobe website for a full list of products included in the Complete plan. The Acrobat Pro DC plan includes Acrobat Pro DC and access to Document Cloud services.

Is my organisation eligible for Adobe products through tt-exchange?

How much do Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DCcost when requested through tt-exchange?

tt-exchange’s admin fee for the access to discounted rates is £4. After requesting this access, you'll pay Adobe directly.

  • For the Complete plan, you'll pay Adobe for the first year of Creative Cloud membership, a discount of 60% off the retail price. Unless you cancel, you'll pay Adobe every year after, a discount of 40% off the retail price. Adobe will state during the checkout process that your contract will renew automatically at standard rates, but you will actually be billed at the discounted rate.
  • For the Acrobat Pro DC plan, you'll pay Adobe directly at a 13% discount. After the initial one-year period ends, Adobe will automatically renew the membership at the standard retail rate unless you choose to cancel.

Why do the plans' discounts change after the first year?

Adobe's offer to tt-exchange members uses the same pricing model as its offer to students and teachers. The first year is a promotional rate. Every subsequent year of the Complete plan is discounted 40% off the retail rate. Subsequent years of the Acrobat Pro DC plan are billed at the retail rate.

Why does Adobe not offer Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC as a donation?

The number of design applications included in the suite, the cost of the cloud services Adobe offers, and the transition from a desktop-based to a cloud-based industry make it challenging for Adobe to offer Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC as a donation. Also, by offering Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC at a discount, Adobe can make it available to more organisation types than it could for a donated product.

Why is there an admin fee for the access to discounted rates?

TechSoup (global partner for tt-exchange) charges a one-time administrative fee per to support all of their programmes, services, and education, helping nonprofits and charities around the world to use technology to further their missions.

Does tt-exchange offer a different licensing model than Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC for individuals?

No. tt-exchange currently offers only access to discounted rates on the individual membership.

Can I get Creative Cloud products with a perpetual license like the previous Creative Suite products offered?

No. Adobe has transitioned to a cloud business model for its former Creative Suite products and no longer offers perpetual licenses for those products.

How is Creative Cloud different from Creative Suite?

Creative Cloud is the evolution of Creative Suite. Most of the products included in Creative Suite are available in Creative Cloud, including many that were not previously in Creative Suite. Creative Cloud offers these products through a subscription model. Complete plan members can pay monthly or annually, and Acrobat Pro DC plan members must pay monthly. Both members always get the latest version of each product. The Creative Cloud Complete plan for individuals also includes access to many online Adobe services and 20GB of cloud storage space.

See TechSoup’s article Adobe Creative Cloud: What's New, What's Different for more information.

How is Creative Cloud different from Document Cloud?

Creative Cloud includes apps for designing creative assets, like photos, video, audio, graphics, and interactive content. Document Cloud includes Acrobat Pro DC. Both include cloud-based storage space, which integrates with Adobe's mobile apps. The Acrobat Pro DC plan also includes the Adobe Sign service.

How is Acrobat Pro DC different from previous version of Acrobat Pro?

See the comparison of versions of Acrobat Pro on the Adobe website.

Should I choose the monthly or annual payment schedule for the Complete plan?

The total price for the year is the same for both payment schedules, and you must agree to a one-year contract obligation regardless of the payment schedule you choose. The difference between the two payment schedules is only how often you pay, not how much you pay. Acrobat Pro DC plan members must pay monthly.

How many Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC memberships can I request?

You can get as many Creative Cloud individual memberships as your organisation needs through tt-exchange’s access to discounted rates. You just need to request one product for each individual who needs a membership. Each membership is valid for one user on up to two computers.

Do the applications run in a browser?

No. You install and run the Creative Cloud desktop applications, like Photoshop and Illustrator, directly on your computer.

How many computers can I install Adobe software on?

Adobe allows each user to install its software on up to two computers. This can be home and office, desktop and laptop, Windows or Mac, or any other combination. However, you can't run the software simultaneously on both computers. If you install the software on more than two computers, you will need to deactivate the software first on one of the computers.

Do I need to be connected constantly in order to use Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC applications?

No. Your Creative Cloud desktop applications are installed and run directly on your computer. You only need to be online to install your software and if you are using the Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC services like syncing your files. An Internet connection is required the first time you install and license your desktop applications, but you can use the applications in offline mode with a valid software license. The desktop applications will attempt to validate your software licenses every 30 days. For annual members, you can use the applications for up to 99 days in offline mode. Month-to-month members can use the software for up to 30 days in offline mode.

Do I need to store all of the files I create with Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC in Adobe's cloud storage?

No. You can save all of your files to your computer and share only the ones you want.

Can I install and use Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC products on public access computers in my library or nonprofit public access computer lab?

No. This offer is only valid for users who are employees or volunteers within an organisation.

Can I renew my Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC membership with tt-exchange’s access to discounted rates offer?

No. This offer is only available to new members.

My organisation already has one or more memberships at retail rates. Are we still eligible for additional memberships at the discounted nonprofit rate?

Yes. Existing individual memberships are ineligible for the discounted nonprofit rate, but an organisation can request new memberships at that rate for individuals who don't have them.

Are Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC memberships transferable? Can a new employee or volunteer use a former employee or volunteer's membership for the remaining contract obligation?

Individual memberships are managed on an individual level, and the user's email address is connected to the Adobe ID. With individual memberships, your organisation can't change the member's Adobe ID or password, so you should make proper billing arrangements when an employee or volunteer leaves.

What is the difference between Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC?

What is the difference between Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro CC?

What happens if I cancel my Adobe Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro DC membership?

If you cancel within the first 14 days, Adobe will issue a full refund. If you cancel after the first 14 days, Adobe will refund half of your remaining contract obligation. Regardless of whether you pay annually or monthly, you are still obligated to pay for half of the remaining year's membership.

After you cancel, Creative Cloud and Acrobat Pro DC applications will stop working. However, you will continue to have access to your Creative Cloud membership's free benefits, including 2 GB Creative Cloud storage or 5 GB Document Cloud storage and use of certain services.

Will I lose all my files if I leave Creative Cloud or Document Cloud?

No. You can save all of your files to your computer and keep them before you leave Creative Cloud or Document Cloud. If you've stored more than 2 GB of files on Adobe's Creative Cloud storage space or more than 5 GB of files on Adobe's Document Cloud storage space when you cancel your membership, you will lose files stored beyond the initial 2 GB or 5 GB you used unless you back them up ahead of time.