Adobe Creative Suite is a complete family of development tools including Flash, Photoshop,
Dreamweaver, Illustrator, After Effects, and Acrobat. It’s essentially all you will ever need, and then
some, if you work in the field of creative design and web/print/video production!
Since Adobe acquired Macromedia, great advances have been made in terms of product integration—
all of these applications come together to allow for streamlined workflows. For example, a designer
could sketch something using Photoshop, convert it to a vector graphic using Illustrator, and then
import it directly into Flash with any layers left intact.
When should you use it? All of the time!
Any alternatives? There are certainly a host of alternatives, from free software such as GIMP to more
commercial offerings. The downside, especially compared to Creative Suite 3, is that they tend to lack
the same level of product integration.