While Adobe provides support for the latest version of apps and services, support for older versions is limited in scope. Creative Cloud for enterprise plans also includes support for a designated Long Term Supported (LTS) version.
Creative Cloud Support Policy
Understand Adobe's Creative Cloud support policy and make informed choices before installing Creative Cloud apps and services.
Users in various roles can review the policy to ascertain the supported app versions and the timeframe of support for these Creative Cloud plans.
Creative Cloud apps use a three-part numbering system to express released versions of apps:
Where N = Major version; m = Minor version; p = Patched version.
For example app version 23.2.1 indicates a release status of major version 23, with minor version 2, along with security patch version 1.
Major versions are expressed as follows:
- Latest version (N): The latest major version of the app.
- Previous version (N-1): One major version behind the latest version.
- Long Term Supported Version (LTS): This version is available for Creative Cloud for enterprise plans only. It qualifies for security updates for an added period of up to one year. For more information, see Long Term Supported versions.
- Older version (N-2 or earlier): Two or more major versions behind the latest version.
For example, if the latest available version of an app is 23.2.1, then:
- Latest major version (N) is 23.
- Previous version (N-1) of this app is 22.
- LTS may be designated as version 22.4.
- Older versions (N-2, N-3, or earlier) are versions 21, 20, and earlier releases.
To view a list of major and previous versions of Creative Cloud apps, see this article.
Elements of support
Adobe provides the following types of support services for Creative Cloud apps:
Adobe has the right to modify and discontinue its apps and the support for its apps, at any time, at Adobe's sole discretion.
Creative Cloud for individuals
Adobe Creative Cloud for individuals plans support the latest version and the immediately preceding version of the apps.
Creative Cloud for teams
Adobe Creative Cloud for teams plans support the latest version and the immediately preceding version of the apps.
Creative Cloud for enterprise
Creative Cloud for enterprise plans support the latest version and the immediately preceding version of the apps. Older versions of the apps may also be available for download. Adobe also supports a designated Long Term Supported (LTS) version for Creative Cloud for enterprise customers.
By default, when creating a package in Admin Console, only versions that receive security or feature updates (latest and LTS versions) are visible for enterprise admins. To include other versions in packages, enterprise admins must select Available application versions in package preferences (Admin Console > Packages > Preferences). For more information, see Packaging apps using Admin Console.
App versions more than three versions behind the latest version are not supported and are not available for download. If you intend to use older versions for an extended period, retain the packages or store the installers in a safe location. If you currently have access to such older app versions, you may retain the packages or store the installers for future (unsupported) use.
A long-term supported (LTS) version is an Adobe-designated version for some desktop apps that qualifies for security updates for an added period of one year. Adobe declares LTS versions once a year, typically around November. An LTS version continues to receive security patches for up to a year until it is replaced by the next LTS version, which is declared next year.
By deploying LTS versions, Creative Cloud for enterprise customers can continue to receive security patches for an extended period. They can use this added time to perform testing and due diligence before upgrading to the latest versions.
|App||LTS version (Up to Oct 2023)|
|Adobe Media Encoder||22.6|
- LTS versions of Photoshop are also available for Creative Cloud for teams and Creative Cloud for individuals customers.
- An LTS version is not available for Adobe's cloud-first apps, such as Lightroom, Fresco, Adobe XD, or Premiere Rush. These apps and services are updated frequently to add more features and to maintain compatibility with Creative Cloud web services.
- LTS versions aren't available for End of Development and End of Life applications. To know which apps have reached EOD or EOL, see Discontinued products.
- An LTS version is not available for 3D apps, such as Dimension and Substance.
- Acrobat supports two release tracks with their own support policy. For more information, see Acrobat Continuous and Classic tracks.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, the Creative Cloud Support policy impacts customers globally.
If you do not upgrade to supported versions, your apps may not receive the latest features, bug fixes, and security updates. Assisted support may also be limited.
Support will be provided only if, and in accordance with the terms of, a customer’s paid Support Services contract with Adobe. All other assisted support will only be provided to assist with uninstalling unsupported versions or upgrading to supported versions.
The supported versions are the most recent and up-to-date versions of Adobe software, which include the latest features, capabilities, and security updates. For Creative Cloud for enterprise customers, supported versions include N (current version) and LTS (Long Term Supported) versions.
Unsupported versions are older versions that are not in alignment with this policy. Unsupported versions do not include the latest features, capabilities, and security updates.
If your users have self-service access to Creative Cloud through the Creative Cloud desktop app, you should encourage them to upgrade their software.
If you package and deploy products to your users, go to the Adobe Admin Console and create packages from the versions available. You can also use Remote Update Manager to manage updates of the long-term supported version. The long-term supported version is also supported through the Adobe Update Server Setup Tool (AUSST).
Adobe recommends that you uninstall unsupported versions, and delete pre-existing packages to prevent future accidental deployments.
Uninstall unsupported versions and upgrade to a supported Creative Cloud version. Installed apps are not automatically removed.
The guidance mentioned in the policy applies to you. Adobe recommends that you consider transitioning to Named User Licensing and update to a supported version.
Customers who purchased a perpetual license for a currently unsupported product can continue using the perpetual products for as long as such usage is technically feasible.