Adobe Suite

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The adobe suite includes over 10 programs that allow the user to design and create documents, pictures, drawings and do web design. Being in the same suite of programs, allows the user to work within these programs to create, organise and share items.
Following is a very brief outline of the most popular of the programs.

Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is pixel based meaning its images are made up of Pixels as a Raster** based graphic. Photoshop is the industry standard for photo editing capabilities. Photoshop, interacts directly with the pixels that compose the images. This makes it a great program for modifying already existing images since it can do virtually anything, but it isn't as useful for creating simple graphics. There are many equivalents around like Corels Paint Shop Pro and GIMP is a the free photo program. If you wanted to manipulate or edit a photo, Photoshop is the best package.

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is Vector** based which means it uses a mathematical expressions, to represent images. Vector graphics are very well suited for the creation of more simple graphics such as logos. They also provide a better print output since they are not resolution-dependent. If you wanted to stretch an image a Vector image won't pixelate as it re-calculates the graphic. The main disadvantage of Illustrator is that it can't be used to modify graphics with pixels, such as photos and scanned documents. If you wanted to design a graphic such as a Logo, Illustrator is the best package** See the attachment for a description of Vector and Raster formats.

Adobe Fireworks

Fireworks was designed to work with web based applications.

Fireworks has both raster and vector capabilities. It is better than Photoshop and Illustrator in creating basic objects like buttons for navigation bars, and re-sizing and exporting photos and graphics for websites.

Fireworks integrates well with other former Macromedia products such as Flash and Dreamweaver. I supports better image compressions and gives you the option to create animated GIFs.

If you wanted to design basic objects to use on a website Fireworks is the better package

For a comparison on the three there are many YouTube videos such as:

Adobe InDesign

InDesign is a Desktop Publisher and is used to create flyers, posters, handouts, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books.

InDesign supports export to EPUB and SWF formats to create e-books and digital publications, including digital magazines, and content suitable for consumption on tablets. In addition, InDesign supports XML, CSS and other coding mark up, making it suitable for exporting tagged text content for use in other digital and online formats.

The Microsoft equivalent would be Publisher.

Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a Web development tool, often simply referred to as an "html editor", that uses WYSIWYG website authoring as well as HTML Code.

You can use it to write HTML, ColdFusion, PHP, JavaScript, XML and more. It also handles CSS and can create and maintain websites live.

Microsoft's equivalent is Expression Web 4.0 and KOMPOZER is a popular free html editor.

Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge is an organisational program. Its primary purpose is to link the parts of the Creative Suite together using a format similar to the file browser found in previous versions of Adobe Photoshop.

Acrobat X Pro

Adobe Acrobat Pro is used to create, view, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). Pro is generally referred to as the Writer although it does not actually write PDF files. It converts files from other programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc into a PDF.

Acrobat Flash Professional

Adobe Flash Professional is a multimedia authoring program used to create content for web applications, games and movies, and content for mobile phones and other embedded devices. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages.

Flash manipulates graphics to provide animation of text, drawings, and still images.

It uses a workspace to capture content using a mouse, keyboard, microphone or a camera.
You then use the workspace to design and run the flash file.

Files are saved as an .fla file if you want to author the content or .swf file to publish it. Flash can also be saved as MOV, AVI, WAV and HLML as well as others. See Flash file formats

To view a flash file you need to use Adobe Flash Player. Most web browsers have a free plug-in so the file can be viewed on any browser/website.

Some smartphones and tablets use the Flash lite version of the player.