Web editing software:
The last time I created a website prior to this one was back in 1996. Back then the leading edge tool for creating webpages was notepad.
Although not immune to the allure of coding everything by hand I quickly realized that doing so for the number of pages I predicted the web site required would quickly make what should be enjoyable into a real chore so I looked into web page editors.
In the process I tested Site Spinner, Corel Draw 12 as well as short tests of a number of other packages before finally deciding to learn how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 .
Dreamweaver provides templates and the ability to use Cascading Style Sheets to produce a website where content can be the primary focus rather then the art of html coding. Don't get me wrong, understanding html is still important and I am just starting out on the learning curve but with Dreamweaver MX 2004 I believe that I've found a tool that can grow with me as I grow and in the meantime it's a tool that allows me to rapidly publish content in a manner that's pleasing to the eye.
I admit that the price of the tool was a bit of a shock. Luckily it was offset by a 30 day trial that helped me to understand how much that $399 USD was buying me.
Graphics/Photo editing software:
I have been using PaintShop Pro 8 for quite some time now to edit my photographs. It only seemed natural to continue to use this product until I find a need to look for something better.
For now this tool is doing everything I need with photos but I sense that at some point in the future I will need to look into a more graphically orientated software package.
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