wtf*Brown: free Adobe Creative Suite coming for Brown students

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According to a UCS update on wtf*Brown, Brown has begun a contract with Adobe to provide free Adobe Creative Cloud to all Brown students. The acquisition was announced by Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Computing and Information Services and Chief Information Officer, at Wednesday’s UCS General Body Meeting.

Adobe Creative Cloud includes a range of graphic design, video editing, photography, and web development software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, After Effects, and Dreamweaver. Adobe’s subscription-based service, Creative Cloud, costs $19/mo for students, and the full, non-subscription Adobe CS6 suite costs upwards of $999 (for the ~master collection~).

Just imagine. For free, you will soon be able to Photoshop yourself riding a giraffe wearing a top hat, animate that work of art in Flash, make a life-size poster in InDesign, and then make a Dreamweaver site dedicated to your friendship with said giraffe! Fonts! Brushes! Effects! The possibilities are endless!

Details about the service are pending, but CIS hopes to make the full creative suite available to students in a couple weeks.

Image via Timmy Jeng ’18.


Our favorite WTF* Brown ideas so far

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When UCS launched WTF* Brown [Ed’s note — No, it doesn’t stand for what you think it does] last week, we all knew it had some serious potential. Yes, students could now now express their totally commonsensical proposals for improving life at Brown on a forum where the powers that be would actually be paying attention (looking at you, John Lonergan). But perhaps more importantly, there also now was yet another site on which we could waste our creative potential.

Little did we know it would take just a few days for some truly great proposals to make it to WTF* Brown’s Reddit-like front page. Here are some of our favorites:

Some make a lot of sense, often to the point that we can’t believe the University hasn’t implemented them yet:

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Others… well, this probably won’t happen:

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