While enrolled in college, I needed to have certain software capabilities for my web design and graphics courses. One software I needed was Adobe Dreamweaver, and another was Adobe Photoshop. I opted to purchase Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) as it has those programs and a whole range of others that will be useful to me in my chosen field. As a student I was able to purchase the suite for $199.00. This was a substantial savings from the 1699.00 the program costs, or even the $599.00 upgrade price.
Adobe CS4 has Dreamweaver, which is a Web Design program, Photoshop a powerful image editor, Fireworks, which helps to create and optimize web graphics, Flash, used to create and edit web animations, Soundbooth, an audio editor, and much more.
Adobe CS4 give you a way to design, develop, and maintain the classiest websites. You could get the effect you want with one or more of these programs, but purchasing a suite gives you access to all the tools you need in one place.
With Adobe CS4 you can design interactive websites, user interfaces, presentations, and mobile device content. You get the full range of Digital experiences.
Each of the programs contained in Adobe CS4 is able to interface with the others. If you are designing a web page in Dreamweaver, and need to incorporate interactive animations, you can easily add Flash animations to your site.
In Dreamweaver, for example you have Live View, the ability to see what your website looks like in the real world as you create it. This allows you to make corrections, or changes as you go.
All of the software components of Adobe CS4 come with a new, standard user interface. Once you are familiar with the interface of one, you will find each more familiar, and easy to work with. You can toggle from one work environment to another, with Workplace switcher. You can tab thorough open documents with ease to find the one you need without the need to maximize the documents.
Included in the suite is Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional. This powerful program creates, edits, and reads PDF documents. (with the Acrobat Reader) Many web documents are created in PDF format.
There are online resources galore with Adobe CS4. For example; Adobe Community Help. This includes the searchable content that has always given users in depth, product specific help, and adds third party content chosen by experts.
There are many more features to be found in Adobe CS4. This powerful suite will aid any level of user; from the beginner to the expert.