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Survey Results

04 Dec 2004

OK, time for some survey results. The scores are fairly accurate – give or take the odd distraction from Little Britain. Thanks to everyone for particpating!

App for comps:

( yeah, yeah, yeah, you all use paper and pencil first! ;o) )

Photoshop 44
Fireworks 37
Illustrator 10
Freehand 3
Gimp 3
Xara X 2

With 1 vote, Powerpoint , Quark Express 1 and MS Paint 1 (nice one John!)

Text Editor:

( Or ‘Code Editor’ – pedants! ;o) )

BBEdit 26
skEdit 20
Dreamweaver 16
SubEthaEdit 13
Topstyle 13
TextMate 13
Vim 12
Homesite 11
emacs 7
jEdit 6
Eclipse 4
Textpad 4
HTML Kit 4

With 2 votes were: Notepad, Smultron, Zend Studio, Scite, Crimson Editor, TextEdit , Editplus, Context.

With one vote were: TideText, HyperEdit, Syn, CSSEdit, EditPad Lite, SlickEdit, TSW Web Coder, Arachnophilia, Ultraedit, Notetab, Quanta, Omniweb, Code-Genie, Phase5, GoLive, KATE.

BTW: I’ve lots of suggestions for future surveys. I’m loathe to do them, as it would just get too tiresome, and these were the 2 subjects I wanted to know about. I feel I have to earn the right to do another lazy post, er, I mean survey.

Survey: What app do you use for comps?

19 Nov 2004

When making comps for website designs, I usually use Fireworks. There are many advantages to this, such as setting up each page of site on a separate frame, and having constant elements (like navigation) on a shared layer. Underlining text is a cinch too. The only downside I’ve found is that it can run quite slow, especially when editing text. Sometimes, it’s slow to the point of wanting to throw myself on a fork.

So what do you use? I know that Illustrator and Photoshop are the popular choices. Is there an ideal, but unheard of, app out there that I’m missing out on? Or an everyday “who would’ve thought it could be used for that’ type app? Only one condition – must work on OS X.

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