Geek Porn #2: The Screenshots

So, I received my Adobe CS4 Design Premium, and finally got a chance today to do the installation. After 48 minutes of exciting installation time, where I was not allowed to use Firefox, it’s finally installed, and after the jump, you can see the results.

I haven’t been able to jump into these programs full force yet, as I’m just so excited with telling everyone that I have them.

Installation took about 48 minutes, which is about the same as when I installed CS3 sometime last year. It was strange for me to actually legally register a piece of software that retails for more than $1200. But, there was a sense of power.

Without further ado, here is your Geek Porn for the day:

Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver CS4Dreamweaver CS4

I haven’t used Dreamweaver extensively, as I tend to like hand-coding my XHTML/PHP/CSS, but I had a class last semester in which I learned some of the tricks of the trade.

I have a class in ColdFusion scripting this semester, so I’ll be using more of the features in this software solution.

Fireworks

Fireworks CS4

Fireworks CS4

I have completely fallen in love with Fireworks in the past few months. I used to do all of my Graphic Design work using Photoshop, whether it was for the web or not. Using vector graphics to create designs and layouts is such a crazy-good experience in Fireworks.

Flash

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Flash CS4 Professional

Once again, I’m not too familiar with the Flash interface, but between CS3 (on campus) and CS4 looks to be a fairly significant one. I used Flash in high school for a school project (I’m digging through some backup discs later today to find and publish it), but haven’t really touched it much since. I have a class in Interactive Multimedia Design, and am looking forward to learning about animation and interface design using Flash.

Photoshop

Photoshop CS4 Extended

Photoshop CS4 Extended

Previously, I would be most excited about using this program out of the entire suite. I have been using Photoshop since about version 6, so I’m fairly well-versed with the way things work.

While I haven’t been using Photoshop much, in lieu of Fireworks, I am going to be using it more in my Digital Photography class, so I’m excited to get to work on my legal copy.

Overall

I was impressed with the way the installation was handled, even though it was pretty standard fare.

Also note that the traditional Windows Title Bar is done away with, saving a bit of screenspace. I’m not sure how these enhancements will work out, but it looks pretty nice.

I think that’s it for the Geek Porn for now, but I may end up making it a category if I can think of some other stuff to do. (Look forward to a video/post review of Left4Dead sometime in the near future)

  • http://alastair.swurl.com/ Alastair Montgomery

    I used to use Fireworks back before it was bought out by Adobe, wonder if it is still good.

  • http://www.stroz.net Benjamin M. Strozykowski

    I love Fireworks for dealing with stuff for webpages. It’s not a great photo manipulation program, but it doesn’t profess to be. Since Adobe bought it, there are a lot of things that have been sort of “merged” with the Photoshop/Illustrator line. Fireworks still definitely has its place in the market, and they are developing it as a completely separate product, which really makes it wonderful.