Thursday, July 12, 2007

Adobe License Manager (ALM)

Adobe License Manager (ALM) was the new embedded volume license management solution for Adobe’s most popular desktop applications. ALM was first included in Acrobat 8 for the Windows operating system. ALM is based on FLEXnet from Macrovision but the experience was not good so Adobe is working to find another solution.

ALM was rolled out in Adobe® Acrobat® 8 for Windows to our volume license customers worldwide. However, during the subsequent three months, we have learned that ALM requires a greater level of administrator resources than many of our customers have available to them. In some instances, there have also been difficulties in managing certain customer workflows and requirements.

As a result, we have decided to disable the ALM technology in Acrobat 8 for all new volume license copies sold after March 9, 2007. Effective immediately, all Acrobat 8 for Windows installation media will be provided with ALM disabled. The final date for availability of ALM-related processes on the Adobe Licensing Website is April 9, 2007.

PS. If you do have ALM it is possible to have it running together with network licenses from other vendors like Autodesk. JTB FlexReport is also supporting it.

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