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Why There Are So Many Apps in the Adobe Creative Suite

Image of a woman with a tablet working in Photoshop on a computer

Let’s say you have a design project with illustrations, photo editing, and a few paragraphs of text. If you have the Adobe Creative Suite, there are several apps that could help with one or more of those tasks, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, and Bridge.

Logos of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, and Bridge

These apps are all used for photo editing and design. Why are there so many Adobe apps with overlapping functionalities?

For instance, Illustrator is the best at drawing vector (pixel-less) illustrations, but you can also create vector art in InDesign or Photoshop. And while Photoshop, Bridge, or Lightroom would be best for photo editing, you could easily export the modified image and do all the layout work in InDesign.

If the apps are already so much alike, why can’t Adobe just create one master app?

Well, sometimes it’s easier to have apps that are tailored for different needs. For example, you could lay out a book in Illustrator, but InDesign’s interface makes the job easier. And if you’re creating vector art in Illustrator, layout tools aren’t necessary. The extra processing power you’d need would just slow down your computer…and you. (Can you imagine scrolling through a huge, comprehensive menu of fifty different options? Yikes.)

In short, each app does a set of tasks well. Each one can help you with a specific kind of project. On the other hand, you have to learn how to use each one.

What do you think? Should some of the Adobe Creative Suite apps be combined? Or are there advantages to having separate apps?


  1. jle21 wrote:

    I totally agree with you! I feel that it is very annoying to have to change from one application to another for just one project. It would be interesting if Adobe developed a software that had all of the applications on it. Notice I used the word interesting, not easier. I am not necessarily sure if having all of the apps in one software would make using the software easier, I think the variety of tools and formats would get confusing very quickly. This is a very interesting topic, but I feel like Adobe’s current solution for this issue is the most user friendly.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Permalink
  2. nchipour wrote:

    I definitely have some problems with switching back and forth when sometimes everything can be done in illustrator and photoshop, but there is some things such as text that should be altered in ID.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink
  3. galakeel wrote:

    I agree with you. I also would like to see all the apps combined in a single app. I do sometimes take one project from app to app just to make it easier for me. However, I think Adobe could combine them all in one app and then users can choose which platform they want to work on just like how the workspace works in Adobe. however, would that be financially good for Adobe to do that? since users pay more to use more apps!

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm | Permalink