Software you can't live without....

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jared rose's picture
Joined: 24 Mar 2010 - 7:51pm
Software you can't live without....

I think I'm a nerd, the internet is great, but I love my apps even more. No games here, but apps that help me stay productive and get the job done. I am interested in hearing from other dorks. I dabble with sound, film, design and productivity apps and these are a few that I can't live without. How about you?

Ableton Live
Adobe CS5
Final Cut
Logic Audio
Mindjet Mind Manager
Pure Data
Suitcase Fusion 2

Tyler Hamilton's picture
Joined: 23 Sep 2009 - 10:53am

Art Directors Tool Kit

Simon T Bramley's picture
Joined: 24 Oct 2007 - 9:40am

I'd rate Cubase & Reason over Ableton & Logic any day.


Eric Doctor's picture
Joined: 16 Jan 2008 - 3:27pm



I think I could live without Photoshop, but I wouldn't be happy.

Also, I guess if I really think about it, I could live with either only Illustrator or only InDesign, since I can do vector graphics in InDesign, and I can do layout in Illustrator. I think I'd prefer to live with only Illustrator. But again, I wouldn't be happy.

Actually, a piece of software that makes a huge difference in my productivity is Leopard, because of searchable menus. My workstation at my university newspaper was still running Tiger when I graduated (a month ago), and I always kept my laptop open next to it just so I wouldn't get lost in Creative Suite's sea of menu items.

jared rose's picture
Joined: 24 Mar 2010 - 7:51pm

thamilton -
awesome- never knew about art directors tool kit - looks like something i need.
jazzhustler -
i never learned reason but i have friends who love it. Cubase is great but Logic Audio is pretty similar, and I've spent more time with it thatn Cubase. I also love Pro Tools but only with the Waves software package. As far as Ableton- I love the Live aspect of it and now it works with Max/MSP which is unbelievable.
I really only use Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator from the CS5 collection. I use the others from time to time but those two are a have to have in my book. The stability offered on Leopard is a huge reason I am a mac fan. I've removed all Corel from my computers.

Igor Freiberger's picture
Joined: 20 Jun 2008 - 8:44pm

By relevance:
01. InDesign
02. Excel
03. FontLab
04. Photoshop
05. Opus
06. Word
07. Foobar
08. XnView
09. Illustrator
10. ATM
(running Vista 64-bit)

Nick Shinn's picture
Joined: 8 Jul 2003 - 11:00am

... nerd ... dorks ...

Socially inept?
Ironically, these days that is someone who doesn't "get" computers.
Society is migrating to the digital environment.
Recent research has found that the more time spent online, the less "real" relationships people have.

"Gearhead" is a less derogatory term.

Theunis de Jong's picture
Joined: 22 Apr 2008 - 5:06pm

1a. Any good text editor that can edit code.
1b. Any c-compiler -- I've worked with gcc, Borland's, Microsoft's, XCode, and probably a few more

-- and the world is my mollusk. Though, admittedly, I've never written anything as complex as InDesign.