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    Computer Questions - Adobe related

    Can somebody please educate me a little. I bought a new laptop recently and there are pre-loaded softwares on the computer already, namely Bridge CS3, Device Central CS3, ExtendScript Toolkit CS3 and Ext Manager CS3. I have never heard of these Adobe titles, being mostly a photo editing person. Can someone please give me a short preamble to them, and what they are used for?

    As well, during the summer and the next term at local university, I will be doing mostly pdf publishing, photo editing. I have Adobe Acrobat 6 as well as Irfanview as my primary publication tools. I am not aware of any other softwares that I have on my computer, saved for the usual MS office XP, and Openoffice 2.4

    Can you also advice whether it's worth the money to get Adobe softwares? Thanks a million. Processing power and ram need not be a concern.

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    Since you are a student, you can get most software titles very cheaply. For example, $75 can pick you up a copy of Office Professional Plus, and $100 can net you a copy of Vista Ultimate:

    1: I use Acrobat 8.0 Professional almost everywhere, so I purchased multiple copies.
    2: You might be well off with the GIMP. It has a different UI than Photoshop, but it can do 90% of what Photoshop can.
    3: Office 2007 is pretty good. It was worth the money spent on it, although I also have Openoffice installed as well.
    4: Consider downloading and installing Truecrypt, so you have hard disk encryption on your laptop. Laptops get stolen left and right, and its a lot easier to deal with a "mere" hardware loss, than a hardware loss + the data on the laptop which will end up being used for ID theft or extortion.

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    Im here to voice my anti-Adobe opinion. Just as mlts22 said, dont use Photoshop, use GIMP. Free, and will do everything you need. Instead of Acrobat, try Foxit (ESPECIALLY as a replacement for Acrobat Reader). Instead of Illustrator, use Inkscape.

    If you're unsure if you're going to use the products, there's no point in buying them. Use open-source software, save the money. Adobe tends to be bloated, and all that Bridge/etc crap will just bog things down later. I would go so far as to say uninstall it all...you think you have unlimited ram and cpu right now, but trust me, in a year that will not be the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsd212 View Post
    Im here to voice my anti-Adobe opinion. Just as mlts22 said, dont use Photoshop, use GIMP. Free, and will do everything you need. Instead of Acrobat, try Foxit (ESPECIALLY as a replacement for Acrobat Reader). Instead of Illustrator, use Inkscape.

    If you're unsure if you're going to use the products, there's no point in buying them. Use open-source software, save the money. Adobe tends to be bloated, and all that Bridge/etc crap will just bog things down later. I would go so far as to say uninstall it all...you think you have unlimited ram and cpu right now, but trust me, in a year that will not be the case.
    Very good advice. I personally save off the original install disk image and the recovery partition via Ghost or tar and dd, then I completely blank the drive out (boot Knoppix DVD, dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda), and install my OS of choice from scratch.

    This way, I know exactly what is on the machine and I don't need to worry about the usual manufacturer-installed shovelware that winds up on almost all new PCs.

    Of course, make sure to have some sort of antivirus protection, and preferably some encryption (BestCrypt, PGP, Truecrypt, WinMagic, or whatnot) to protect the data stored on the drive.

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