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About Us

Creation Engine, LLC is a leading online and mail-order academic retailer of multimedia, graphics, and 3D software. More than just a retailer, we provide a convenient and informative shopping experience for students, teachers and schools. Since opening for business in March 1994, we have sold to more than 15,000 teachers and students and more than 2,000 schools. In 1999, Creation Engine moved to a larger facility located in Mountain View, California.

Creation Engine offers products from
over one hundred companies at academic discounts not available from commercial software retailers. Customers can view product information in our catalog or at our Web site,, interact with customer service representatives by phone or e-mail, and order products for prompt delivery. Along with product information, we offer links to tutorials and demos of software, useful free resources, and articles about multimedia, graphics and the Web.

Convenient Purchasing
To make purchasing convenient, our Web site,, offers advanced search tools that allow customers to search for specific products, product categories (e.g., Web development tools, 3D, digital video) or companies (e.g., Adobe, Macromedia, Microsoft). Our online shopping cart and secure online ordering system assure you that your order is a safe, secure Internet transaction. Customers may also place orders via phone, fax or mail. We promptly ship items that are in stock and diligently follow up on backordered items.

For schools, we offer additional savings through license pricing on multiple copies of software for school computer labs. Our knowledgeable customer service representatives can help schools and teachers find the required number of software licenses at excellent volume discounts. To this end, we launched to provide schools with a helpful overview of the site licensing process.

Simple Quote Requests for Schools and Teachers
The Creation Engine website allows you to compile a list of desired products and submit the list as a quote. You will receive a signed quote from Creation Engine within two working days of submitting your quote.

Abundant Resources for Academic Community
Besides offering prompt and efficient retail services, Creation Engine provides abundant online resources to help students and teachers learn about and participate in multimedia, graphics and 3D topics. Organized under the CE Study Break page, here are some of the creative resources we offer on our Web site:

Tutorials, Reviews and Features
Learn tricks, tips and techniques for products offered by Creation Engine. Over 390 links to tutorials can be found on our site. Trying to decide between Adobe GoLive and Macromedia Dreamweaver? Browse the extensive product reviews section to compare features among products offered by Creation Engine. Finally, the CE Features section includes links to a variety of fun and informative articles, from desktop wallpapers to the story of Adobe Photoshop.

ArtCE is the Creation Engine online art gallery. Amateur and professional artists alike can showcase their digital art and earn a free t-shirt. Additional links to manufacturer and professional computer art galleries provide inspiration for student artists.

Our Long Term Mission
Now that you've had a glimpse of the products and services we offer at Creation Engine, we hope you'll agree that we are the premier academic retailer with an aim toward furthering education and innovation in creative digital endeavors—not only by selling software, but also by providing resources to help students and teachers gain the most benefit from the software they purchase.

To strengthen the Creation Engine presence in the academic market, we are continuously improving our Web store. We build customer loyalty by serving existing customers well. We expand the customer base through the Internet, a mail-order catalog, trade shows and referrals from our many satisfied customers. At the same time, we sharpen our technology focus and expertise in the software we sell.

We value your patronage and look forward to serving you!

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