My agency client is closed for Good Friday, so I am working at home today on a design project for a local business. To make life--and specifically this project--easier for myself I plan to download a 30-day trial of Adobe Creative Suite. Given the sheer file size of Adobe products, I know that I am in for a long wait. But it's so worth it . . .
When I get my new laptop, I am also going to get at least Photoshop and InDesign. I don't do a lot of design work, but it is so much simpler to use tools that were meant to go together than to piecemeal them together as I've been doing, which is manipulating images in GIMP (the acronym for an open source program called GNU Image Manipulation Program--it's pretty cool for a free program, but a bit tough to figure out sometimes) and then doing the layout in Publisher, Word or PowerPoint.
If there were a GNU equivalent to InDesign, I'd suffer through any difficulties with the GIMP learning curve, but since there isn't, let the downloading commence!
12:00 PM UPDATE: The entire Creative Suite trial is only available on CD (for which one must pay $10.99), so I decided to download the trials for Photoshop and InDesign only, which are available for free on the Adobe site. As of this update, the Photoshop download is 91% complete. Then I have to install it. Then I get to start the download for InDesign. Perhaps by this time tomorrow I will actually get to do some work.