Adobe App Guide for New Designers: Part Two

by Margaret Penney | February 9, 2017

The Adobe Suite offers a tool for most creative projects types in addition to its core graphic design software. In part two of the app guide, we look at more niche applications from the Adobe Creative Suite and detail when and where to use them in projects.

Dreamweaver is a great tool for web designers and developers. Animate CC is the reinvention of Flash Professional and incorporates new web technology, namely HTML 5, Canvas and Web GL. Acrobat is best known as the universal document format for sending and receiving via website or email, although Acrobat also has many more functions and features.


  • Best for building websites if you are a newbie developer
  • Great for editing and changing elements within multiple HTML pages at once
  • Good for when you want to be able to format your code quickly
  • Great for when you want to compare and contrast between a code view and a design view
  • Great for coding sites that have simple and minimal designs without a lot of back-end functionality

Animate CC

  • Great for Flash designers who want to learn how to create with HTML 5
  • Great if you want to create animations to integrate with video. It supports H.264 video import and exports at 4K+ video.
  • Same as Flash, it is excellent at working with vector graphics.
  • Best for integrating animated content to a webpage.
  • Good for creating animated graphics with perspective.
  • Good for working with animated type, it has Typekit integration.
  • Good for creating finely drawn illustrations as well, but not as good as Illustrator.


  • Great for creating digital versions of brochures, catalogs, information sheets, forms etc.
  • Best for creating documents for download or to send via email, PDF files look the same across device and platform. In fact, ‘PDF’ stands for Portable Document Format
  • Good for creating forms that can be filled out and signed digitally
  • Good for creating documents that have a commenting feature
  • Good for combining multiple documents into one
  • Good format to convert scans to for digital transfer



Margaret Penney is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Margaret is a teacher, designer, writer and new media artist and founder of Hello Creative Co.


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