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Photoshop is an extremely powerful tool that is really more power and features
than you need. You'll spend more time fighting with Photoshop's ideosyncracies
(an Adobe trademark) than just doing useful graphics. I do a lot of graphic
work and have found Paint Shop Pro 6.02 a very worthy competitor to PhotoSlop.
PSP offers all the features I need without as many hoops to jump through. PSP
is also considerably less expensive.
Marketing geeks like to have their PhotoShop so they feel more important.
There is nothing wrong with using this tool, but it is an excessive amount of
power for your garden variety screen shots and image markups.
> I'm currently working as a Courseware Developer creating training manuals
> and such for a retail based software company. I've been allowed to hire a
> second developer, and I'm in the process of writing a request for software
> for his machine. I'm currently struggling with my managers - who feel
> Adobe Photoshop is overkill for any writer ("Photoshop is like using a
> steam press when all you need is a hand-held iron"). They believe
> Photoshop should only be used by the marketing department -- and can't
> understand why anyone with a technical writing background creating training
> manuals would need the program.
> I have my own beliefs and biases, but I'm interested in your opinions. I'd
> like to know more about the following: 1) Do you use Adobe Photoshop in
> your positions? 2) If so, why is Photoshop the tool of choice? 3) What
> tasks do you accomplish by using Photoshop? 4) If you don't use
> Photoshop, what image editing program do you use?
> I've received the impression that buying the program is not a money issue
> -- it seems to be more of a justification situation.
> I'd appreciate any and all feedback offline.
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