Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Damn Adobe CS3 Looks Complicated!!

I've been building websites and developing web applications for 5 years now. My tools mainly consist of EditPlus and Paintshop Pro. That's it! I'm a text-based kind of programmer. I've never been a fan of those web development tools like FrontPage or Dreamweaver. I like the control of writing code from scratch. I like the simplicity of it.

The technologies I like to use are html, php, javascript, css, xhtml, mysql and ajax. I'm very comfortable with these things and I know them pretty well.

Recently, our company has started a web development division and we have hired our first web developer. This developer does things completely different than I do. She is entirely dependent on Adobe software to build websites. This is fine by me. Whatever works for you, I don't expect others to conform to my style.

Since I am the one who has to supervise and work with this person, I think it would be a good idea for me to be educated on her development environment (not to mention I don't like it when somebody else knows something that I don't). So now it's on! I must become better with these tools than she is. Sure she has a two year head start but I'm up for the challenge.

Yesterday I installed Adobe CS3 on my computer and now have a vast array of development tools at my disposal. Yup I've got it all. Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks, etc, etc. The only problem now is that I have no idea how to use any of it and no idea where to start.

Everything is completely foreign to me and I have to admit it is kind of overwhelming. I know that some people go to school for a couple of years to learn just one of these applications and here I am jumping in with both feet. Damn, my competitiveness!

Mark my words. I WILL learn how to use these applications. Not only that I will become a superstar at them.


Pirate Lover said...

CS3? I have just become a proficient at CS2 - just having taken Illustrator (which I loved). Well, I came from Quark 6.0 to InDesign, and I have to say that although tool placement and access can be a challenge in the beginning, it's well worth learning. I can't tell you efficient these applications are!! They play so well with one another, that I really don't know what the heck I would do if they suddenly removed it from my PC!!! I use Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Imageready, and Adobe Bridge. It's easy once you learn one application, the others function in such similarity, the transition and learning curve is minimal.....Good luck Canadad!!! PS - I'm from Calgary, but live in Arizona now.....

CanadaDad said...

Thanks for the feedback Pirate Wench! I was hoping that there would be some similarities in the functionality between applications.

It's good to know I'll only really need to learn one app to become familiar with the interface of the others.