On of my goals over my holiday vacation was to learn Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash. Later I might learn more about Premiere but I’m told that Vegas Pro might be the way to go. I’ve been sick, so I haven’t made the progress that I’ve sought, but I have made inroads on the Dreamweaver book.
I want to take the blog that I do for work out of free WordPress hosting and put it into an environment where I pay to host it but where I also have more control. I probably don’t need to learn Dreamweaver to do this, but I think it may be a good start.
Also, learning new software causes me to make mental connections that help in ways that I have never considered. I think that this whole software learning project is going to take several months now. If I decide to buy the software after playing with it for a while, it’s going to be expensive. I want to be absolutely sure that I’m going to use these tools.
You might ask why I don’t stick to open source. Certainly, there are some alternatives. Everyone knows about Gimp, for example, instead of Photoshop. I’ve been using Gimp for a while for quick photo editing. I want to get past superficial editing, though and really learn about the layering aspects that Photoshop offers. I think that’s going to be the most fun part of the project (along with video editing).
Doing this for fun is also a real motivator. Just starting the Dreamweaver book has made me think of some unrelated server projects that might be interesting. So there’s real value in this and it could be engrossing too.