A Survey of tools, applications, and utilities Craig Duckett knows and uses

  1. Photoshop

    Photoshop is the most powerful graphics editing program (also known as a DPP, Desktop Publishing Program) developed and published by Adobe Systems. It is the current market leader for commercial bitmap and image manipulation software, and is the flagship product of Adobe Systems. It has been described as "an industry standard for graphics professionals"


    Dreamweaver is a web page editor, designed to allow users to create web pages with a wide variety of features without having to write the HTML code by hand. It's designed to be "what you see is what you get". What you design in the Dreamweaver 'document window' will be coded and placed in the document, so that the browser will display the page just as you see it in your Dreamweaver window.


    Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.

  4. Adobe Captivate
    eLearning/Desktop Animation

    Adobe Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) is an electronic learning tool for Microsoft Windows which can be used to author software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, and randomized quizzes in .swf format. It can also convert Adobe Captivate generated .swf to .avi which can be uploaded to video hosting websites. For software simulations, Captivate can use left mouse clicks, key presses and rollover images. Adobe Captivate 3 cannot simulate right mouse clicks without editing the files that are generated, but with Adobe Captivate 4, this is now possible. It can also be used for screencasts, podcasts, and the conversion of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to the Adobe Flash format.


    Acrobat is a family of computer programs developed by Adobe Systems, designed to view, create, manipulate and manage files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).


    Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems. The latest version, Illustrator CS4, is the fourteenth generation in the product line. Numerous new features include multiple artboards in a single document, a "blob brush" that is similar to the brush in Adobe Flash, and support for transparency in gradients among other features.


    Adobe FrameMaker is a desktop publishing and word processing application that is popular for large documents.


    UltraEdit is a commercial text editor for Microsoft Windows created in 1994 by Ian D. Mead. The editor contains tools for programmers, including macros, configurable syntax highlighting, code folding, file type conversions, project management, regular expressions for search-and-replace, a column-edit mode, remote editing of files via FTP, interfaces for APIs or command lines of choice and more. Files can be browsed and edited in tabs.


    Microsoft Office is a suite of administrative, communications and business applications including Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.


    Microsoft SharePoint is a collection of products and software elements that include, amongst a growing selection of components, Internet Explorer based collaboration functions, process management modules, search modules and a document-management platform.


    Microsoft Visio is a diagramming program for Microsoft Windows that uses vector graphics to create diagrams. It is currently available in two editions: Standard and Professional. The Standard and Professional editions both share the same interface, but the latter has additional templates for more advanced diagrams and layouts as well as unique functionality that makes it easy for users to connect their diagrams to a number of data sources and display the information graphically.


    Microsoft Visual Studio is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It can be used to develop console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight.


    Articulate gives you these powerful products in one integrated package. You'll have everything you need to quickly create e-learning courses from PowerPoint and develop stunning interactive content, quizzes, assessments, and surveys.


    Lectora is an Electronic learning development tool, also known as authoring software, developed by Trivantis Corporation. Lectora is used to create online training courses, assessments, and presentations. It is also used for the conversion of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into elearning content.


    PartitionMagic is a computer program for hard disk drive partitioning originally made by the PowerQuest corporation but now owned by Symantec. The program runs on Microsoft Windows operating systems (only 2000 and XP, not Vista) or from a bootable CD-ROM and enables creation and modification of partitions. Existing partitions can be resized without loss of data.


    Ghost is a disk cloning program originally developed by Binary Research. Murray Haszard wrote Ghost in 1995, building on experience with a parallel and serial file-copying program previously produced by Binary Research. Symantec later purchased the company in 1998. The ame Ghost originated as an acronym for "General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer".


    CoffeeCup Software is an American computer software development company based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States founded in 1996. The name comes from the company's origins in an internet cafe owned by its founder. The company currently creates over 25 software applications for creating, designing, and editing websites and a number of online services for webmasters. The company's third product, CoffeeCup Direct FTP, was the first FTP program to incorporate text editing functionality directly into the interface in a "split screen" fashion.

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