Getting the software you need for your Mac

Perhaps this should be another version of advice to freelancer, except that it isn’t. This is advice on the sorts of things that you never think about, the other software, other than Photoshop and Dreamweaver and InDesign and whatever it is that comes from a big company. I’m talking about the little add-ons, here and there, at help you live your day and do your work. Sometimes that means ad ons to existing programs, and sometimes that means little utililty programs that work well with OSX or OS 9, which ever one you are using on your Mac.

Sometimes, it is enough to go to the website of the software you have. If, for example you go to the Macromedia site, you will, eventually (it used to be easier to find this) a page that has extensions., which will eventually lead you to places such as Dreamweaver Fever.

Adobe is a little easier to navigate around. If you want to find any product, you just type in the url + products/ whatever the product is. On that main page it will list in the menu plug ins. Or, if you want to go to a page of just plug ins, you can go straight there. Now granted, these are no shareware, or cheap, but they often do things that you need them to. If you go to the plug in page for Photoshop you can find Alien Skin Software, which is a really cool add-on, and very useful if you do a lot of Photoshop work.

But, suppose what you want isn’t exactly a plug-in. then Version tracker is the place to go. This is the place for freeware, shareware and Commercial. Of course, you could also go to TuCows, but I have found that Version Tracker has a great collection too. It is also a central place to check what is out there.

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