I chair the Educause Licensing constituent group. On our [Licensing] list we
have been discussing an issue that I wanted to share with as broad of a
higher education group as possible.
Macromedia has new releases of software out such as Dreamweaver MX, etc. In
the MX releases they have eliminated allowing education customers to
concurrently serve this software. Let me give you an example. If you have a
central lab of 100 PCs/Macs, you might have purchased 20 copies of
Dreamweaver, and used a key server or other mechanism to ensure that only 20
copies were in use at any one time. With previous versions of Dreamweaver,
this was allowed. With Dreamweaver MX, you are not allowed to do this.
We asked Macromedia for clarification and Shannon Meadows replied with:
>Following is the clarification you requested on concurrency with MX.
>Macromedia MX products offer dramatically improved productivity and
>functionality. Upon the release of the MX products, the commercial price
>the software increased. Historically, concurrency has been offered only to
>education customers and Macromedia made the decision to eliminate
>concurrency rather than increase prices for education versions of the
>software. While few of our education customers are using concurrency, all
>our education customers will benefit by purchasing MX at the same low price
>as the prior software versions. We regret any inconvenience this change may
>have caused. Macromedia values our education customers and remain
>to serving the education community.
Now the good news is that Macromedia is listening to customers on this issue
and they have provided an email box for education customers to send in
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If this change affects your school, you may wish to provide feedback to
Macromedia as soon as possible.
And let me add a plug for our Licensing Constituent Group! If you would like
to join us or have someone in your organization participate, here is our
information page: http://www.educause.edu/memdir/cg/licensing.html
Margaret Knox [log in to unmask]
Information Technology Services (ITS)
COM 3 (512) 475-9300/9224
Director, (512) 475-9282 fax
ITS- Collaboration & Academic Resources
The University of Texas at Austin
Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/memdir/cg/.