Part of the Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator is a vector graphics editor, best used for typesetting and vector graphic design. It is compatible with the other programs within the Adobe Creative Suite family.
We are currently in the process of updating to Adobe Creative Suite 5.5; all lab stations have 5.5, but laptops may still be running CS3.
Often there are other applications that work well with your software or do similar things and might be better suited to your task. Check out these related applications:
Fireworks - vector and bitmap graphics
Adobe's Fireworks is best used bitmap and vector graphic design intended for web. Learn more.
Photoshop - raster graphics and image manipulation
Adobe's Photoshop is best used for creating raster graphics and advanced image manipulation. Learn more.
Flash - interactive multimedia development
Adobe's Flash is best used for developing interactive multimedia vector projects, commonly for web use. Learn more.
Dreamweaver - advanced web development
Adobe's Dreamweaver is best used for developing web environments and templates. Learn more.