A Application Suite is as a group of different but inter-related software programs that are combined and packaged together. An application suite generally consists of two or more software programs delivered within a single executable and installable file. An application suite is also known as a software suite, utility suite or productivity suite.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Application Suite
- Less costly than buying individual packages
- Identical or very similar GUI
- Designed to interface with each other
- Helps the learning curve of the user
- Some purchased features may never be used by the user
- May take a significant amount of disk space (bloatware)
- Likely to require significant effort for stuff
Popular Application Suites
There are many different software and application suites available, ranging from business office software suites to computer and internet security software suites. Some of the more widely known and used business and design software suites include:
- Microsoft Office 365: The office productivity software suite that includes Word (word processor), Outlook (email), Excel (spreadsheet), Access (database), OneNote (note-taking software) and PowerPoint (presentation slides). Office 365 is a cloud-based subscription service that offers the suite for a monthly fee.
- Adobe Creative Suite or Cloud: A software suite that includes digital design and publishing applications, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, and other supporting programs. Adobe Creative Cloud is the cloud-based subscription service that offers the suite for a monthly fee.
- Apache OpenOffice: An open-source productivity software suite that includes Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet application), Impress (presentation slide application), Draw (drawing application), Base (database application) and Math (formula editor).
iWork: Apple's suite of office productivity software that includes Pages (word processor), Keynote (presentation slides) and Numbers (spreadsheets) applications. iWork for iCloud is Apple's cloud-based offering of the software suite.
- Google Docs: Google's web-based suite of productivity applications that includes Docs (word processor), Sheets (spreadsheets), Slides (presentation slides) and Forms. Documents created can be saved in Google Drive, its cloud storage service.