Whilst that announcement will not surprise many an admin, there are some other changes that will impact us.
Details on these can be found below.
Creative Cloud 2019
MacRumors has a decent little writeup listing some of the app changes & updates included within Creative Cloud 2019.
— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) October 15, 2018
Death of Creative Cloud Packager
Love it or loathe it, Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) has been around since mid-2013, & has been a helpful tool for us Admins to create PKG’s for the various Creative Cloud releases.
Around mid 2016, Adobe published a KB on automating CCP using some specially crafted XML.
Cue up The Doors’ “The End”.
Apps not available in Creative Cloud Packager | CC 2019https://t.co/A3x1j6rE59
— Patrick Fergus (@foigus) October 15, 2018
This new kb, Apps not available in Creative Cloud Packager | CC 2019, details that:
You cannot use Creative Cloud Packager to create packages that include CC 2019 apps or later. This means that when creating a package, the Creative Cloud Packager Applications and Updates screen will not display CC 2019 apps
However, there is a solution:
To create packages for CC 2019 apps, go to the Packages tab in the Admin Console. For help on creating packages, see Package apps in the Admin Console. For more information, see the Packaging user guide.
But, if you have a Teams license, you might not see the above option due to:
We are transitioning to a redesigned Admin Console. However, if you currently have the following Admin Console experience, you cannot use CCP or the Admin Console to package CC 2019 apps and deploy these for your end users
After reaching out to Adobe, all accounts on the “old” Admin Console will be transitioned by end of Jan 2019.
If you’re not sure which console you have, see this kb., with the “old” console on the left & the “new” console on the right.
So, if you’re on the “old” console.. wait until Jan or maybe Adobe Support can create the PKG’s for you as per the form from the Apps not available in Creative Cloud Packager | CC 2019 kb:
If, for some reason, you are unable to deploy the Creative Cloud desktop app to your end-user computers, contact Adobe support for a package that includes CC 2019 apps.
I didn’t have much luck there, however.
Earlier this year, there was an Adobe Webinar on Adobe updating it’s licensing technology.
The main news from that was:
Serial Number End of Life Notification At the end of 2019, we plan to start decommissioning the use of serial numbers. Once decommissioned, a serial number will not work, and thus the applicable products, applications, and services will no longer work. To continue your use of these products, applications, and services, they must be deployed via the named user deployment method.
If you are an Education customer, then you might also have had device licenses.
This kb incorrectly states “Creative Cloud 2017 is the last version of Creative Cloud available on device licenses.”, as device licenses gave worked throughout CC 2018.
However, it appears that they no longer work for CC 2019.
Reaching out to Adobe Support, I received the response:
You can use 2018 version in that sign in not required. 2019 is only available in named user license.