RE: what computer, what software for a lab?

Subject: RE: what computer, what software for a lab?
From: David Hailey <david -dot- hailey -at- usu -dot- edu>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 09:12:28 -0600

Our department has a grant to upgrade the teaching lab (where I teach digital media topics). There is a chance the project leaders will want to install Macintosh laptops.

My sense is that for better or worse, the vast majority of technical writing takes place in DOS or UNIX environments, but perhaps I am out of touch, perhaps I am wrong. Do you think such a teaching lab should be using DOS-based computers (since there is no way we can use UNIX)?

I also suggest that the software we must have is Office and Adobe's techcomm studio package, which I think includes Frame, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Captivate, and possibly Robohelp. I would also like to have Maya and 3DsMax for teaching 3D technical animation, but that's unlikely to happen. I guess that for now I will teach with Flash and Captivate.

Suggestions about Macs? Suggestions about software?

Thanks in advance.

Dave Hailey

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