CS5 Design Premium: Two Academic Versions?

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  1. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I'm currently a grad student and I'm looking to pick up CS5 before I graduate in December. I was looking at a reseller being pimped by my university's bookstore and it seems they have two different versions of CS5 Design Premium for which my student discount qualifies:

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    Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium - $359.95

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    Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Student and Teacher Edition - $448.95

    Any idea what the difference between the two is and why one is so much cheaper than the other (obviously I would like to get the cheaper of the two, if it's a full version)?
     
  2. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Only because I'm a cynic, I'm going to guess that the cheaper of the two was only a pre-order option and is no longer available.

    (Actually, I did a bit of research on Journeyed.com, and it won't even let you purchase the cheaper one...but it still comes up in a search with all of the same features).
     
  3. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The cheaper one is supposedly only available to certain institutions and mine is on that list. It let me get all the way to the payment page, but I haven't completed my purchase, yet.
     
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    The "Student and Teacher" version includes a license which allows commercial use of the software, while the regular academic version does not.
     
  5. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    What are you basing that on?
     
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    No but the earlier standard academic versions did have a restriction on commercial use.
     
  9. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Not true, at least as far back as CS3.
     
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    Maybe the $359.95 is an upgrade. Because the full retail is $1,899.00...
     
  11. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I was thinking something like that at first, too, but it doesn't say upgrade anywhere on the page. Besides that, Academic versions aren't eligible for upgrade.

    Like SwiftLives mentioned earlier, it does say "pre-order" but they are still selling it for that price a month after the release. Very odd.
     
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    How are Adobe Student and Teacher Editions different from the Adobe Student Editions I've heard about?

    Adobe Student Editions were available only for students. Now, Adobe Student and Teacher Editions are available for students, teachers, faculty, and administrators. Student and Teacher Editions have replaced Adobe Student Editions beginning in April 2010.
     
  13. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes, but that doesn't explain the $359 option and why it's so much cheaper than the Student and Teacher Edition.
     
  14. chrfr macrumors 604

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    Since no other answer seems satisfactory, maybe you ought to just call Adobe directly.
     
  15. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    This offer is from a reseller.
     
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    You get $100 off the $449.00 edu price at Apple.com, if you buy it with new Mac.

    This software is the full version of CS5 Design Premium; it's not an upgrade.
    It differs from the commercial version in the way that it is activated, and it can only be used on privately owned computers. (commercial use is permitted)

    The serial number does not ship with the software, as it does with the commercial version.
    Adobe emails the serial number to you after your academic status has been validated.
     
  17. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah I bought CS3 from a reseller using that process, but the discs I got were labeled "Student Licensing" (which would be the equivalent of the CS5 Student and Teacher Edition). I'm interested to know what the difference between the two price points is here.

    At any rate, I should find out soon, as I have ordered the $395 version, sent in my proof of academic status and gotten a shipping confirmation. I'll post back when it arrives next week with an update.
     
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  19. IgnatiusTheKing thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I know. Like I said in my last post, I've done this before.

    The reason for starting this thread was not because I was confused about how Adobe's student discounts work, but because I was confused why there were two different versions of CS5 Design Premium (at two different price points) available to me by this student discount reseller.
     
  20. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Traditionally, the educational versions of Creative Suite have had separate packaging from the regular version - at the very least, they say something like "For Educational Use Only" or "Academic Version" somewhere on the package.

    That and the "Am I Eligible" button are what lead me to believe that the cheaper version was a pre-order placed on the site before Adobe released images of the academic packaging...and JourneyEd forgot to remove it.

    On the other hand - it certainly wouldn't hurt to contact the reseller for some clarification. It could be a special offer of some sort. And if your school is eligible, go for it.
     

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