I have Macromedia StudioMX 2004 installed on my XP machine. Of the four programs available, I only really use Fireworks.
Per Microsoft’s Windows 7 compatibility checker my version of Fireworks is not supported. No surprise here. They recommend that I get the latest version from Adobe. Hhhmmmm.
My Gripe With Adobe Acrobat Upgrades
I am not thrilled with Adobe. I think of Adobe Acrobat as a necessary evil in my life. As a writer, author and publisher I create PDFs daily … and have done since c. 1998. During that time Acrobat has given me more gray hairs than any other software application.
To be fair, the version of Acrobat that I now have, Professional 6.0.6 is the most stable I have had in the last 11 years.
In my reckoning the two Windows applications that cause the MOST problems on your PC are Acrobat and Outlook — and I am, here, NOT talking about the Acrobat Reader. I stopped using Outlook and Outlook Express about three years ago. One of the best things I have done in my life. I use Web-based email using the interface provided by GoDaddy. It works. And it doesn’t butcher the insides of my PC. I don’t have all the bell and whistles I had with Outlook, but I am willing to trade them for my PC not hanging or crashing.
Unlike with Outlook, I can’t, alack, just stop using Acrobat ‘creator.’
Other than the zillion problems I have had in the past … what is my latest gripe with Adobe. Their avaricious upgrade policy.
All I want is to be able to create PDFs, with all the options, from Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Web pages. That is it. Because of the book publishing, I need all of the options for image sampling, font insertion etc. But that is it. I don’t need forms. I don’t need review. I don’t need it to make me coffee or take my pulse. Just the basics.
So all I need is Adobe 9 Standard.
But, Adobe in their greed won’t let me upgrade to Adobe 9 Standard … because I have Adobe 6 Professional!
It is not the additional $60 per se, though that is an issue. I have been a bona fide, legit customer since 1998. I have a legit copy of Adobe 6. Let me upgrade to what I so.
So given this background, I wasn’t going to even look at the latest Fireworks.
The GIMP Web site seems to be asleep, though today I did find, THANKS to a tip from a new friend, that GimpStudio is alive and well.
FREE Paint.Net Via Microsoft
I also downloaded Microsoft’s FREE Paint.Net.
Yes, TWO free applications from Microsoft in a week … the other being SharePoint Designer 2007. It feels like the Twilight Zone. Working applications for FREE from MS. What is this world coming to. At this rate we could even end up having an African American president in the White House!
Paint.NET installed effortlessly on Windows 7. The whole thing took less than five minutes.
I looked up how to remove BACKGROUNDS using it on Google. There was an excellent YouTube video.
Fired up Paint.Net. Opened a JPEG. Wow. That thing WAS GOOD at removing backgrounds. Bravo. Made my day.
My only disappointment is that it is STRICTLY a raster (or bitmap) editor. So FONT capabilities are limited. I need more font capabilities.
So I looked at Corel PhotoShop x2 Ultimate. The reviews turned me OFF, especially the repeated claims of the built-in ‘spyware.’
So … right now … I just have Paint.Net. Yes, I have PowerPoint. Having used PowerPoint as much as I have, I can create decent JPEGs with it. So maybe I will use PowerPoint for my font work.
So that is where I am at.
Hope this helps.