Georgina Dean
Director of Learning Technology

Google vs. Adobe

Google vs. Adobe?

This became a very quick HOT TOPIC in our TTT course last night, so I thought I'd open it up to the rest of the Adobe Community to get further input.

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Alper Ciftci

Posted on 9/7/19 12:44:33 PM Permalink

Simply put:

Gsuite for productivity + collaboration, Adobe for creativity​. Google also has its advantages being an internet service.

Adobe needs juicy hardware, Google just needs a simple Chromebook or browser.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 9/7/19 3:10:20 PM Permalink

'Juicy hardware', I love it, and so true!​

Jan Michael Garcia

Posted on 7/25/19 10:19:01 AM Permalink

​I would say Google for anything that is collaborative and Adobe for anything that is creative.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 9/7/19 3:09:51 PM Permalink

Good call Jan!​

William Cortez

Posted on 5/17/19 5:04:28 PM Permalink

​I think both of them are doing their best to have a harmonious relationship for the digital users. Google has distinct advantage that Adobe also has. There should be no enmity between the two.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 7/21/19 7:33:47 PM Permalink

Agreed, it's so helpful and useful that they are partners!​

Henni Stalknecht

Posted on 5/17/19 4:50:33 AM Permalink

I believe that it is just what you are looking for, you search for free (and for everyone insightful) possibilities Google offers this to a large extent. With this you are bound by the limitations that Google brings.
If you are more inclined to keep all content under your own management and to let creativity come entirely from its potential, then you are better off with Adobe, they offer in the broadest sense all possibilities that people can imagine. Knowledge and experience naturally play a major role in this.
Fortunately, Adobe has come up with a lot of training and webinary courses to give everyone the opportunity to manifest themselves more strongly in the Adobe environment.
So there is something for everyone.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 7/21/19 7:34:29 PM Permalink

Very insightful perspective, thank you Henni!​

Brian Dumm

Posted on 5/15/19 2:29:33 PM Permalink

​Great conversation starter and becoming more important. I like Tony's take on utilizing all tools available. My district embraced "all things Google" several years ago. This has worked well for many of the core subjects in terms of sharing documents, Google classroom features, and they have some really cool easy to use apps for the classroom. However, as the art teacher, I have admittedly felt a little left out as usual as Google doesn't seem to offer anything near as powerful, intuitive, and high output based as Adobe when it comes to images, graphics, videos, etc. In other words, while Google is working for the math department...Adobe is still at the forefront of the art department.

I will say that if Google ever develops a free, reliable replica of Photoshop and Illustrator that allows users to open and save in those formats...THAT could change the game significantly.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 7/21/19 7:35:46 PM Permalink

Great viewpoint Brian. Google offers Draw, but it doesn't come close to the quality software Adobe offers with regards to drawing. ​

Roberto Ferrera

Posted on 5/14/19 6:09:30 AM Permalink

​Both platforms are OK for me. They have their own characteristics, approach, and usage. Google works more with documents, while Adobe is more on Creatives who need good quality outputs.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 5/15/19 11:15:20 AM Permalink

​Thanks for your feedback Roberto, I agree, there are benefits to both! :)

Tony Martinez-Malo

Posted on 5/13/19 1:48:01 PM Permalink

​As an educator that uses both platforms, I think having multiple options is good for the industry. Why limit one brand over the other, when each one can have its own identity.

Georgina Dean

Posted on 5/13/19 3:08:24 PM Permalink

I agree Tony, I think the more digital options we have, and can share with educators, the merrier students will be in the end! ;)​

Rick Henderson

Posted on 5/10/19 3:35:53 PM Permalink

​This sounds interesting, but Google what vs. Adobe what? Are you talking about apps or the companies themselves?

Georgina Dean

Posted on 5/10/19 3:47:40 PM Permalink

Our discussion came from comparing Google Slides to Spark Post or Web Page, and I suppose Video, now that you can insert audio/video into GSlides. My view is that there are goodies in each platform, and in rapidly growing 21st century, I think what's nice about our roles, is that we can give educators a wide variety of digital options that they can add to their toolkit. For example, Web Page/Page is just so simple for a 3-6yr old to pick up and just scroll through, if you're trying to teach them vocabulary or phonics. Where as Google Slides offers a brilliant create your own adventure story idea, that cannot be replicated in Web Page/Page, which is great for KS2-3 students. This kind of idea. ​