Originally posted April 12, 2007, now archived here.
For further explanation why this post exists, see Intro to Experience Dump. This is the graphics and presentations related section. In no particular order, the list as best I can remember…
Jasc Paint Shop Pro
Microsoft Photo Editor
Ulead PhotoExpress or PhotoStyler
Graphics portion of DeskMate on Color Computer 3
Jasc Animation Shop
The Print Shop
There are ones I can’t remember, like a particular 3D graphics program I played with back when computers could barely handle it, and a cheesy early CAD software. There are others besides the Ulead software that were bundled with scanners. There’s the built-in graphics features in Word, which were my other specialty besides macros when I supported the product. I created a detailed training handout on the drawing tools in Word just before I transferred to VB support.
Then in VB support, I eventually ended up doing the segment of training covering graphics. Speaking of which, there’s the icon editor that came with Visual Basic, which did what it needed to do but couldn’t compare to Microangelo. I know I’ve looked at the presentation and graphics software with other suites, like OpenOffice, but by now that almost goes without saying. Also speaking of VB, I wrote a goofy little program called KidPaint that also isn’t listed. Never thoughts I’d see the day one of my own kids could play with it.
For someone who can’t really draw, I love my graphics software. When I was in Word support, eventually it was mostly so rote that I would talk to people while doodling in Windows Paintbrush. Anything remotely interesting I saved, so I have a stack of floppies somewhere with all that.
While I wrote this up, I remembered that I’ve used Microsoft Publisher. One of the first PC softwares I ever used was a thing called IMSI Publisher. So are those to go under presentations, or under word processing? And what about Adobe Acrobat, the full version? Distinctions, distinctions…
Update 5/8/07 – Added The Print Shop. How could I get this Broderbund software that was once ubiquitous?
Experience Posts (links to reposts):
Intro to Experience Dump
Word Processing Experience
Spreadsheets and Accounting
Graphics and Presentations
Database and RDBMS
Communications, Internet, PDA, Blogging
Legal Industry Software
Backup and Compression Software
Security, Spam, Malware…
Call Center and Tech Support Tools
Languages and Programming Tools