Chapter 1. Introducing the Adobe Creative Suite


  • Understanding why Adobe developed the Creative Suite

  • Knowing the Creative Suite applications

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium package is composed of several programs designed to work together to accomplish all your publishing needs for output to print, screen viewing, and Web hosting. Instead of marketing the individual program components of the Creative Suite, Adobe Systems has spent much of its marketing effort targeting the entire Creative Suite to design professionals.

This chapter offers a description of the Creative Suite programs and gives you an idea of how they work together. In this chapter, you learn about the purpose of each program and the relationship each program has with other members of the Creative Suite team.

Understanding the Creative Suite

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 comes in two design-oriented versions:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Standard: This includes Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, and Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro.

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium: This includes the same programs with the addition of Adobe Flash CS5 Professional, Fireworks CS5, and Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. Also, Adobe Photoshop CS5 is replaced with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended.

Both design suites also include Adobe Bridge CS5 and Device Central CS5.

Adobe also has Creative Suite versions for Web and video professionals. For Web professionals, the suite options include:

  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Standard: ...

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