CS4 Program Differences

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by maclover001, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. maclover001 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    At first, it seemed like Adobe makes several programs that do the same thing. But after a bit of research, I found out that they do have target audiences. I hope this guide helps people who are confused.

    Dreamweaver vs Contribute.
    If you want to build a website, get Dreamweaver. Contribute is designed for people who want to edit their Dreamweaver-built site, and is designed with collaboration in mind, because it edits right off the server.

    Personally, I think Contribute is a big-ridden piece of garbage, if it were me, I would stick to Dreamweaver

    Photoshop vs Fireworks.
    Don't think of Fireworks as a stripped down version of Photoshop. Think of it as a really-really-really-really stripped down version of Flash, smashed together with CorelDRAW. Fireworks was meant to be used to make things like rollover icons, menus, and such for websites. It lets you drag-and-drop squares and circles. Pretty simple

    Photoshop, on the other hand, is a powerful, expensive, image editor. Unlike Fireworks, you cannot add any dynamic-ness (word?) to images.

    InDesign vs Illustrator.
    InDesign is definitely more powerful than Illustrator. If you are just making simple one-page documents, ID might be a bit of an overkill.

    Bridge vs Finder
    Bridge is worthless. I can't see what it does that Finder doesn't.

    Please correct any errors I may have made, as this is just from what I can tell. Hope this helps you with your purchase of overpriced Adobe software.
  2. synagence macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    Bridge is good for many things:
    Importing photos from cameras into folders (talking about raw images here rather than jpegs) which don't show up in a meaningful way in finder
    Meta-data management
    Doing camera-raw processing (yes ACR will open 1st if you open a raw image with PS)
    File management; ratings, filtering by meta-data tags, keywording, collection management etc

    Its not as powerful at managing a large library (tens of thousands of images) that Lightroom can do but its a half-way house given lightroom is another several hundred pounds/dollars to buy

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