Adobe Acrobat Licensing

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WSU continues to provide all active civil service and AP staff, as well as faculty, with a license for Adobe Acrobat. WSU also continues to provide Shared Device Licensing for the use of Adobe Creative Cloud in computer labs and on other onsite WSU-owned computers for students and temporary employees studying and working at WSU. However, departments that require Adobe Creative Cloud or Acrobat Pro for users who are not active faculty, AP, or civil service employees will need to purchase a new license via the following process.

What does that mean for me?

WSU continues to provide all active civil and AP staff, as well as faculty, with a license for Adobe Acrobat. Go to, click Sign In and log in using WSU credentials.


  1. The requesting department’s purchaser should visit CDWG’s site
  2. Select WSU Adobe VIP Licensing on the left menu.
  3. Select the desired license (see below) and complete the purchase.
  4. The department purchaser will receive an order confirmation—the confirmation needs to be forwarded to the Crimson Service Desk (CSD) at, informing the CSD team of the new purchase. CSD will assist your technical team in finalizing your staff’s access to the purchased Adobe services.

Adobe License Options

Adobe Creative Cloud for Enterprise

  • Single user license
  • Entire suite of Adobe products

Adobe Creative Cloud for Enterprise

  • Shared device license
  • Entire suite of Adobe products
  • Useful in a lab, classroom, student lounge, etc.

Adobe Acrobat Pro Only

  • Single user license
  • License for Adobe Acrobat Pro only

Click the Purchase License button to purchase one of the above licenses. Then, click WSU Adobe VIP-Student/Temporary Employee Licensing (see image below). If you do not see the above pricing, please contact Campus IT.


Please contact Campus IT for assistance: 509-358-7748

Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader is a free app that will allow you to open and view PDFs on your Mac or Windows devices (click More download options). 

Which one is right for me?

Task Adobe Creative Suite–All Apps Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Adobe Creative Suite–Shared Device Adobe Acrobat Reader Alternatives
Open a PDF
Edit a PDF
Fill out a PDF form
Convert PDFs to Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Create forms 
Redact sensitive information
Add logos + branding
Comment on PDF
Combine multiple documents into one document
Convert web pages to interactive PDFs
Insert, delete, and organize pages in a PDF
Split a PDF by extracting one or multiple pages
Add or edit text and images on phone or tablet
Add audio, video, or interactive objects into a PDF
Reduce PDF file size

Commenting tools are available if the PDF has commenting enabled.

Acrobat Professional Alternatives

If you don’t need editing capabilities, there are several PDF reading apps that are free:

Most applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite applications) can save files as PDFs. Go to Save as and look for PDF. Then, click and save.

To make text changes in a PDF, open the PDF with Google Docs or Word.

  1. Sign in with your WSU credentials.
  2. Both Google Docs and Word will convert your PDF into an editable file format.
  3. When you’re done, save the file to the format you prefer.

Save the PDF in your favorite note-taking app. We recommend Notability.

Read more about Notability here.

  1. In the Books app you can open and save PDFs that you receive in Mail, Messages, and other apps.
  2. Tap the PDF attachment to open it, tap the Share icon then tap Books.
  3. To share the document, open the PDF document, tap the Share icon , and then choose a share option such as AirDrop, Mail, or Messages, or tap Print.
  4. To mark up a PDF, open the PDF and tap the Drawing and annotation tool the Markup button. If you don’t see the icon, tap near the center of a page.

If you are taking notes on your PDF, open it in Notability.

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