I use a lot of software. I have several CD
cases full of software, but most of the time I spend on a very small
set of software.
Quicken: This is my financial tool for keeping track of my
investments, charge cards, bank accounts, etc. This goes
with TurboTax each year for tax season.
Microsoft Office: I use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook.
Occasionally, I use Access to create a database file to support
a web project which requires a database.
Microsoft FrontPage: My favorite web creation tool. Great product, lots of
excellent features, easy to use. Note: I have just
purchased a copy of Dreamweaver MX,
and plan to learn how to use it. Looks like a very
Adobe Photoshop: My favorite image editor! This is the absolute best
there is in this category!
ImageReady: This application, which comes with
Photoshop, allows the creation of web navigation bars, complete
ACDSee: My favorite image viewer program from ACD Systems Ltd.
The raw speed of this program makes it a wonderful tool for
finding the right image on my 100+ PhotoCD's.
Visual Basic: This is truly a wonderful product! I use it to create
applications for work and home, and of course VBScript for
creating Active Server Pages for dynamic websites.
Visio Technical: This is a wonderful drawing program - I just barely know
how to use. Even so, I do some pretty great drawings -
such as web server layouts, room layouts (for home remodeling
planning), organization charts, and more.
Panorama Factory: This program allows me to create a very large image from a
series of images which overlap. The process is called
"stitching." A sample of the power of this program can be
viewed in the Photography section under Panoramas. This is
available for only $35 at
This audio processing program, from Blaze Audio, allows me to
convert files to MP3, edit them, compress them to higher levels,
etc. Very useful audio tool.
Active Trader Pro: This is a very powerful trading
tool I use every day. I can preload a batch of trades, and
when the market condition is right, click a single button to
execute all of the trades. Great real-time charts and
streaming market data.
There are a few utilities which should be
mentioned, due to their usefulness.
I use this utility, and the associated hardware device to
calibrate my monitor, printer, and scanner. I can now
"see" what the printer will print before I print it, and adjust
the color of the printout directly on-screen. Required for
any serious digital photographer.|
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|FTP Voyager: this is a shareware utility for doing FTP access. I
use it in addition to FrontPage to manage my websites.
Very nice graphical user interface, and quite powerful.
Get it on the web.|
|QuickKeys: I used this on the Mac, and when I switched to the PC, I
really missed it. Then they came out with the PC version!
I have lots of special keyboard macros that do very common
functions. Saves me lots of time!|
This is a great shareware backup program. I use one
central program to back up everything on my net. I really
like the "backup on change" feature - it does real-time backups
while I work. Supports multiple levels of backup,
This program runs my disk defragmentation in the background.|
|IHateSpan: This utility allows me to bounce spam back to its source,
as well as generate reports to spam sites. Controlling
spam has become a major issue for most of us.|
I used to spend a lot of time playing computer
games. I remember the "good old days" of the Apple II, with
Bandits, Gorgon, Alien Rain, etc. The newer games are
certainly nicer looking on-screen, but frankly, they are no more
playable - and sometimes less playable - then the original computer
Lately, I am too busy making websites and doing
photography to play many games. My current favorites are: