Is Adobe's New Creative Cloud For Teams Good Value?

Adobe has offered its subscription-based Creative Cloud software suite to individual users since April last year and at discounted student prices since October. Now it has launched an option aimed at teams in the Australian market — but the pricing doesn't seem particularly compelling.

The most obvious distinguishing feature of the Teams release is an increased storage allocation per user (100GB rather than 20GB). It also includes workgroup management tools, a centralised administration system and two "Expert services calls" (read: advanced support) per seat. But you pay for that, as this comparison shows (all prices assume a minimum 12-month contract):

Package Price
Teams $87.49
Individual $62.99
Student $24.99
Education Teams $34.99

There's a discount for existing Adobe CS3 customers at $62.99 a month, but that offer expires on April 30. (Adobe ran a similar short-term deal on student pricing to encourage sign-ups).

The extra $24.50 a month scores you 80GB in storage per user each month. By way of comparison, Dropbox for Teams charges $US795 a year for a five-user group, and gives you 1000GB between them. If you paid for five users on Creative Cloud, you'd pay $1470 for the storage component and only have 500GB to show for it. The integration might be welcome, but for large amounts of space the Dropbox deal looks better.

Adobe Creative Cloud For Teams


    but Dropbox doesn't come with the full suite of Adobe applications worth thousands of dollars.

    Quite blatant that during the signup it even shows the US price of $69 (compared to $87 AUD) but you can't complete the order in USD if you're in Australia - another good reason to use GIMP instead.

    Re Ben's drop box comparison comment - the difference here is between the standard CC version for individuals ($62) vs the "Teams" version which seems to be the same thing (just with more storage) for an extra $25 more per user.

      It includes the extra space, built-in collaboration between multiple users, a a few complimentary support calls, and an admin panel for license and user management (where the administrator doesn't need a paid license)

      If you're a medium or large company this makes perfect sense. It's like the price difference between windows home and pro - pro costs a lot more, but if you suggested rolling out home edition across the company you'd be laughed out of the place.

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