Top 50 Adobe Applications You Might Not Know And Their Uses

Artist around the world makes use of different Adobe applications or product to create virtually everything, ranging from icons you see on a website to the movies you watch in a theater.

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The very popular adobe application we all know or use often is the Adobe Photoshop, but can you name the rest of the adobe products shown here? To make it more confusing, in each category Adobe has many products which may look like they perform the same task, thus bringing up questions like

  •  What is the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator?
  •  What are the difference between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom?
  •  What is the difference between Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro?

Adobe makes so many software that is can be quite difficult for even a professional to understand what each of those applications are used for, so in this article I will be highlighting to you an overview of top 50 Adobe Products as I couldn’t find similar guide anywhere, not even in Adobe’s website.


Below are the top 50 Adobe Application


Photoshop Interface
Adobe Photoshop Interface

1) Adobe Photoshop: This is the software used to manipulate photos professionally. But that is pretty self-explanatory as it is so famous that the word “Photoshop” is now considered a verb in the English Language. Photoshop is a very popular tool which is great for making posters, advertisements, wallpapers and digital artwork.

Artist uses it to draw, sketch and even paint digitally. Photographers use it to enhance and retouch their photos.

Meanwhile, youtubers use it to make cringy clickbait thumbnails.

Adobe Illustrator Interface

2) Adobe Illustrator: This application looks similar to photoshop at first glance as it is also used for designing images, but the key difference is in how they store artwork.

Photoshop works with raster-art which means that all the photos are stored as Pixels. On the other hand, Illustrator works with vector-art which means that the artwork is stored as mathematical equations.

Raster art will get pixilated if you enlarge it beyond its resolution; however the vector-art can infinitely enlarged without losing any quality.  The disadvantage of vector-art is that it cannot be used for anything detailed like photograph, hence we have two separate tools or each purpose.

Illustrator is great for making icons, logos, posters and graphics which can then be used in other projects.

Adobe Indesign Interface

3) Adobe InDesign: This is a publishing software that excels at projects which require multi-page layouts like magazines, newspapers, presentations and books.

It is good for arranging large amount of text and photos into nice layouts which can then be directly handed off for printing.  Making magazine is a tough job which requires collaboration of several professionals from various fields including editors, writers, photographers and designers. So to help them collaborate, there is Adobe InCopy.

Adobe InCopy
Adobe InCopy Interface

4) Adobe InCopy: This a text editor that allows writers to write the text content while designers are simultaneously working on the graphics of the same document in InDesign.

This significantly improves the efficiency as several people can work on the same project at the same time thus making it possible for magazines to maintain their rapid schedules.

Adobe Lightroom Interface

5) Adobe Lightroom: This is a photo editing software similar to photoshop, however it is specifically designed for making minor edits like color-balance, brightness or contrast of large collections of photos. It doesn’t have pixel level control found in photoshop, but that also make it far easier to learn.

Professional photographers use it in their workflow as a photo management system for efficiently cataloging, organizing and post processing thousands of photos.

Adobe Bridge Interface

6) Adobe Bridge: This is an easy to use visual media manager that allows you to organize, browse and view your media files.

Here is the main difference between Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge, though both of them are used to organize media files. Adobe Bridge can handle more types of files and it is more likely a universal file manager which works together with all other Adobe Software whereas Adobe Lightroom is specifically designed to suite photographer’s work flow.

Adobe Premiere-Pro
Adobe Premiere-Pro Interface

7) Adobe Premiere-Pro: This is a professional video editing tool used for making everything from Youtube Videos and blockbuster videos. You can cut, edit and trim large number of clips and then sequentially arrange them on a layer timeline where you can add various effects to your video.

You can also add text, transition, audio effects and much more.


Adobe After effects
Adobe After effects Interface

8) Adobe After effects: Talking about effects, Adobe After-effects is a powerful software for creating all kinds of visual effects, it is basically the photoshop for videos.

It is commonly used for creating animations, motion graphics, and other cinematic effects.

The main difference between Adobe After-effects and Adobe Premiere-Pro, in Adobe After-effects a user can only work with one video at a time and as it not designed for editing final sequence of the video. After creating the visual effects, you need to export it to Adobe Premiere-Pro to make the final video.

Adobe Media Encoder
Adobe Media Encoder Interface

9) Adobe Media Encoder: This is a specialized software for rendering the

Video which you created in Adobe Premiere-pro or Adobe After-effects. Typically the original file size could be huge so it needs to be compressed and converted into a file format and resolution which can be smoothly played in various devices which may not have powerful processors or tons of RAM.

Adobe Prelude
Adobe Prelude Interface

10) Adobe Prelude: This is video editing tool dedicated for rough-cutting and organizing a large amount of videos.

A movie might have several hours of footage shot with different cameras, so prelude is used to chop off unnecessary parts, synchronize various shots and tag the content before it is sent to the main editing team.

Adobe Audition
Adobe Audition Interface

11) Adobe Audition: It is a dedicated audio editing software designed to record, edit and mix audio.

Adobe Flash-Professional
Adobe Flash-Professional Interface

12) Adobe Flash-Professional: This is a software used to make simple 2D animations, games and applications. If you have been on the internet for a while, you may have come across some sites asking you to install Adobe Flash player to  play certain games or videos. Those games were made with flash. To make it more confusing, there is also a different software called

Adobe Flash Builder
Adobe Flash Builder Interface

13) Adobe Flash Builder: This software is also used for making games and applications, but this one is more focused in programming than animation.

Adobe Scout
Adobe Scout Interface

14) Adobe Scout: This software is used for analyzing the performance issues in the games made with flash.

Adobe Animate
Adobe Animate Interface

15) Adobe Animate: This is used for creating interactive and media-rich apps.

Adobe Air
Adobe Air

16) Adobe Air: This is a cross-platform technology that allows you to make applications and games within animate for several operating systems including Android and IOS.

Adobe Character-animator
Adobe Character-animator Interface

17) Adobe Character-animator: it is a software which makes it possible to create 2D characters without having to animate it frame-by-frame. It uses the webcam to copy your facial expressions and magically make your character imitate you. This saves a lot of time as you don’t need to go through the pain of lip-syncing your characters manually.

Adobe Dimension
Adobe Dimension Interface

18) Adobe Dimension:  This is a software that makes it easier for graphic designers to add 3D models in a 2D image to create photorealistic composite of both elements. This is useful in making product models for advertisement, prototyping and package design. The professional software typically used for 3D modeling are extremely complex and have and have a step learning curve, so the idea of Adobe dimension is to make the basic 3D modeling as simple as photoshop.

Adobe Fuse
Adobe Fuse

19) Adobe Fuse: This is another tool for making 3D models, however this one is specialized in making human models which you can then export to photoshop or any other 3D software. It is very simple to use even though you can create highly customizable models by changing their physical attributes, clothes, textures, colors etc.

Adobe XD
Adobe XD Interface

20) Adobe XD: This is a user-experience and user-interface prototyping tool for designing applications. It allows you to quickly make the mockup of your app so that everyone can see and discuss it before developers start doing the hard work of coding it. If you want to develop this user interface into website, there is Adobe DreamWeaver.

Adobe DreamWeaver
Adobe DreamWeaver Interface

21) Adobe DreamWeaver: This is a web-designing software which allows you to visually make websites without having to touch the code, but it also features a powerful code editor which supports numerous programming languages, thus letting you to customize the design however you may like it.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader Interface

22) Adobe Acrobat Reader: This is a standard piece of software for viewing, printing and signing all kinds of PDF documents. But if you want to make PDF files you need Adobe Acrobat-Pro.

Adobe Acrobat-Pro
Adobe Acrobat-Pro Interface

23) Adobe Acrobat-Pro: This software is used to create, edit, and manage PDF documents. Adobe sells all the software I mentioned till date in a bundle called Adobe Creative-cloud.

Adobe Creative-cloud
Adobe Creative-cloud

24) Adobe Creative-cloud: This is a subscription that costs around $80 per month.

Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock

25) Adobe Stock: This is a platform where you can buy stock photos, videos and 3D models. But, if you want good fonts, you can buy it from Adobe Typekit.

Adobe Typekit
Adobe Typekit

26) Adobe Typekit: This a platform where users can purchase a good fonts.

Adobe Behance
Adobe Behance

27) Adobe Behance: This is an online social media platform where creators around the world shares their works for self-promotion. Then if you intend to promote your work in your own website there is Adobe Portfolio.

Adobe Portfolio
Adobe Portfolio Interface

28) Adobe Portfolio: This is used to make basic websites using your photos.

Adobe Photoshop-element,Adobe Premiere-elements
Adobe Photoshop-element,Adobe Premiere-elements

29) Adobe Photoshop-element and 30) Adobe Premiere-elements: These are the dumbed down version of their professional counterparts.

Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark Interface

31) Adobe Spark: This is a free online graphic design app that can do basic stuff like adding text to a photo or making simple videos using your photos.

Adobe ColdFusion
Adobe ColdFusion

32) Adobe ColdFusion: This is a programming language created over two decades ago along with its development platform, but it is now steadily declining in popularity. So far we have discussed about desktop applications used for creative purposes. But if you are more into marketing, analytics or management, there is Adobe Experience-cloud.

33) Adobe Experience-cloud: This application has it own set of subproducts for everything ranging from social-media campaigns to managing when to show ads on TV channels.

Adobe Experience-cloud
Adobe Experience-cloud

34) Adobe Marketing Cloud

35) Adobe Advertising Cloud

36) Adobe Analytics Cloud

 Several of this software we have discussed so far have their smartphone app counterparts such as

37) Adobe Photoshop-express

38) Adobe Premiere-clip

39) Adobe Illustrator-draw

40) Adobe Lightroom-for-mobile

41) Adobe Capture-pick colour using camera

42) Adobe Illustrator Grow

43) Adobe Aero-augmented reality apps

44) Adobe Scan-Scan paper notes to pdf

45) Adobe Advertising Cloud

Adobe RoboHelp
Adobe RoboHelp Interface

46) Adobe RoboHelp: This software is used to create and manage large knowledge bases like the ones you find in the help page of some websites.

Adobe Presenter
Adobe Presenter

47) Adobe Presenter: This is used to make interactive slideshows.

Adobe Captivate
Adobe Captivate

48) Adobe Captivate: This is used to create E-learning courses.

Abobe FrameMaker
Abobe FrameMaker

49) Abobe FrameMaker: This is used for writing large technical documents


Discontinued Adobe Applications

Adobe Speedgrade
Adobe Speedgrade

50) Adobe Speedgrade: This is a video color correction software.

Adobe Story Plus
Adobe Story Plus

51) Adobe Story Plus: This is a screen-writing tool for movie scripts.

Adobe Muse
Adobe Muse

52) Adobe Muse: This is a website builder.

Adobe FireWorks
Adobe FireWorks

53) Adobe FireWorks: This is a graphics design tool for web-designers.

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