Although Neil must keep current with many software packages in order to effectively advise his clients, he lists the following products as those he uses most regularly.
- Microsoft Office 2007 - Word, Access, Excel (rarely Publisher and PowerPoint)
- Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS3
But, what are his favorite applications, ones that he would have a tough time living without? Here, Neil names two products: Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 and 1E’s Nightwatchman. When explaining why Dreamweaver made the list, Neil states, “It lacks depth for Java and .Net coding, but it’s very easy to pick up and use. The CSS templates and Ajax widgets are a big help.” Neil further describes Nightwatchman as “excellent network management software” and notes that the “command line remote control and administration are a tremendous help for network coordination.”
I was a little surprised when I asked Neil what image editing software he used. I was expecting to hear Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or some other similar product as a response, but instead Neil stated, “Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 – I’ve always liked Adobe since formal training days, and the tools in Dreamweaver as the versions have progressed have become second nature to me thanks to the hours spent on web development.”
Although I know that Dreamweaver CS3 is a lot more than a simple HTML editor, I never really thought about using it as the primary means for image manipulation. In the past, I tended to stay away from Adobe products because of the price. Now, I may have to take a new look at them to see what other functions they perform since those higher prices might not be so bad if there are other “hidden” capabilities of the software.