Last week, out of curiosity — and the need to hand in a list to IT folks at work — I asked for your suggestions for software-that-costs-money for an online news PC.
Here’s the list I started with:
Here’s what you added:
- For image editing: Fireworks or Aperture or Lightroom
- For graphics: Illustrator for 2D; Lightwave, Maya or 3D Studio Max for 3D; a Google Earth license for maps
- For Flash: SWF Decompiler and the Flash Video Encoder
- For sound editing: Audition or ProTools
- For video editing: Avid or Final Cut Pro or Premiere and After Effects
- For text editing: UltraEdit or Crimson Editor
- For print editing: InDesign and Acrobat
- For sanity: iTunes and Comic Life
- For the love of all things good in the world: Get a Mac!
Regarding the Mac and audio/video audio editing: These items live together in another room where my desk isn’t, and I’ll be looking to outfit Mr. Friendly Intel iMac with toys shortly.
Regarding print-side stuff: That all comes installed on the PC in question, so I’m set up on that.
Regarding sanity: That’s what my personal laptop sticks around for: Google Reader, iTunes, looking at my own code to figure out how I’ve done things in the past, watching completely work-related news videos that have nothing to do with the Colbert Report or Sesame Street, and checking my work in different browsers/resolutions.