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Advice on Adobe Suite 4 Web Premium software
Is it easy to use, and worth the price?

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Msg#: 3862719 posted 5:43 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've been using IBM WebSphere to create/edit my pages, and Corel Draw 8 for photo editing and graphics creation, but both are now old and with every update from Microsoft for Windows XP, they seem to get slower.

I've decided I really need to upgrade, as IBM doesn't even support WebSphere any longer, and I've never been in love with Corel in the first place.

After searching here as well as other places online, I've determined that the Adobe Suite 4 might be a good choice. I don't much care for the price, but before I go any further I thought I'd ask about the learning curve.

Is Dreamweaver easy to get used to? Also, I've never used any of Adobe's photo editing programs, and saw a report that made me think it might be difficult to master.

Is anyone here using this, and if so, would you be kind enough to tell me if you like it and is it worth the money?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!



WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3862719 posted 6:26 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I've been using the Adobe Studio 8 versions and literally just sent off for the new upgrade a few minutes ago (mainly because I didn't want the introductory offer to expire while I was still dithering).

Few points:

i) I chose the Design Premium over the Web Premium because Contribute (for me at least) is useless and InDesign appears to at least offer more interesting functionality
ii) if you go for the Suite you have a massive learning curve (I've got a massive learning curve and I've been using Dreamweaver and Fireworks for many years - now I have either new versions of or completely new Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Acrobat to confuse me)
iii) if all you are doing is editing your own pages you might consider looking at lightweight text editors, CMS's, and/or learning some html (or whatever) along with something like Photoshop Elements. I say this mainly because the learning curve would be less and you would be left with portable skills.
iv) however, the workflow suite of Adobe progammes is extremely powerful once you are up to speed on what you are doing


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3862719 posted 11:42 am on Mar 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the response. I was afraid that the learning curve would be bad. I don't mind investing some time, but I can't afford for everything to come to a complete stop while I learn new software.

I have a pretty good understanding of html, and don't use the WYSIWYG features of my current editor, because I know it creates a lot of unnecessary code.

I'll take a look at Contribute and InDesign to see how they apply to me.

Thanks again.


WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3862719 posted 8:48 am on Mar 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Just checking back in here...

Dreamweaver (along with most other editors) can add in unnecessary code and you quite often see people burbling about that in forums.

Part of the learning curve is to know how to use it properly so that it doesn't. Given that you are already pretty grounded in html, then I would say that the learning curve for that part of the Suite would be far less steep.

If you are just doing web stuff, then the integration with Fireworks is excellent and some of the free and commercial extensions for either piece of software are lifesavers. Get a decent book for Fireworks (not sure about the present day, but Linda Rathgeber always used to be a good resource - maybe ask in the graphics forum for good current ones) and join the newsgroups (adobe or there are some others run by a commercial extensions company that I won't drop here).

Then you have the rest of your life to get as familiar as you want with Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat...

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