Thing 15: Adobe ID

26 Aug

So many online accounts, passwords and sites to log in to; why would you want an Adobe ID as well? Good question!

Let’s start with borrowing eBooks from your local library, which is probably the main reason you or your customers would want an Adobe ID.  Downloading eBooks is not as easy as it should be, in fact it can be downright difficult, which is a disgrace – but that’s a rant for another day. For some eBook lending services, including OverDrive, you need free software called Adobe Digital Editions and the easiest way to get started is to create an Adobe ID first.

Just to be side-tracked for a moment…once you have your Adobe ID, and have an eBook or three to relax with, what else can you do with it?

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One of the things an Adobe ID does is give you access to their site where you can trial lots of cool products such as Photoshop Lightroom, Dreamweaver CC, Illustrator CC and Photoshop Elements. There’s even a new service called Adobe Creative Cloud which, for a monthly fee, gives you mobile access to what they call the “best desktop applications for photography, video, audio, and design” including Adobe Muse and Adobe After Effects. Admittedly this is not the cheapest cloud-based suite of products ever, but for anyone who is seriously into creating online it’s worth a look.

I use Adobe Pagemaker to publish a monthly community newspaper with my husband, and haven’t moved to InDesign because of the cost. With Adobe Creative Cloud I’d have the ability to pay month by month. This may see me make the upgrade, and learn some new skills along the way.

But back to Adobe ID and eBooks – love ‘em or loathe ‘em, eBooks are here to stay so why not spend the week creating your own Adobe ID and then seeing where it takes you from there. You might discover you’ve got a creative side you never knew existed. Enjoy!

DISCOVER:

Where can I sign up for an Adobe ID?

What products are included in Adobe Creative Cloud?

EXPLORE:

Watch the video on Abode Creative Cloud and think about the ways teams can use it.

Explore the programs you can trial at the Adobe site. Are some of them programs customers ever ask for help with? If they are, perhaps you could have a play with them and learn some new skills.

THINK:

If your library issues eBooks, do your customers know they might need an Adobe ID?

Are all your staff comfortable with helping customers to get their own Adobe ID?

Can you think of customers who might find Adobe Creative Cloud useful? Art or design students maybe…

If your library subscribed to Creative Cloud, would you be able to make your brochures, posters etc look more professional? And would you have staff with the time and skills to make it happen?

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7 Responses to “Thing 15: Adobe ID”

  1. Renee Stokes (@stokesrenee) August 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I need some advice on how to help library users manage their passwords. I find a big barrier to using online / mobile services is people struggling with password management! I calculated that to borrow their first ebook from our library, students had to remember 3 usernames and 3 passwords! I’m not really happy with recommending the same password for everything…

    Nice introduction to Adobe ID and services by the way 🙂

  2. Cath S August 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I agree Renee, passwords are a nightmare and, sadly, so is the eBook process in many ways. I have no useful advice but hope someone can help.

  3. Katalin Mindum August 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks for saving me time. I had wondered what I’d get out of Adobe ID and now I know. Well definitely explore the Adobe Creative Cloud

    • Cath S August 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Hi Katalin. I think Creative Cloud is brilliant – enjoy!!

      • Susannah August 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

        hey cath.
        i think all cloud technology is brilliant- i really like the portability of it.

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