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Help me design a new bathroom.

What software should I use to lay out a floor plan and fixtures for a bathroom renovation? I've tried a couple of online alternatives, but they don't meet my needs. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Sep 24, 2014 - 4 answers

House Design Software

What software should we use to design our (small) house? We will have an architect draw the final plans, but want to create quick 3D models for visualization. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Designing reports graphica that can be printed b/w or photcopied

Is there an online tool, or function in Word, to see what a design would look like when printed in black and white, or how it might turn out when photocopied? [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Apr 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Good replacement for Adobe InDesign?

I'm running Mavericks now, and I'm hesitant to install InDesign CS3, which was my go-to software for creating documents for our small business. I don't need anything nearly as complicated as InDesign. I need to be able to convert to PDF, add shaded boxes for clients to initial alongside text, and possibly add some photos into a document. I'm creating things like price sheets, contracts, forms, etc. There seem to be a lot of negative reviews about Pages (iWork), but it looks like that's the type of app I need (something simple, easy to learn). Are there any others I should look into?
posted by okay-quiet-time on Apr 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for cheap/free 3D environment design software (Mac)

Hi, I'm looking for cheap/free 3D environment design software -- it can be a stand-alone program, or it could even be a kind of 'map building' tool that comes with computer games these days (so you can build your own levels, etc) [more inside]
posted by heylight on Jan 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me learn how to collaborate with programmers!

Hi everyone, I will soon be working on a project that involves the development of a web platform and will be hiring part-time engineers. I would like to know enough about programming and web development to be able to collaborate with them and understand the language, and have realistic expectations of when things get built. So I am not looking to learn how to program (I wish I had time for that), but rather have a basic understanding of how the system works and fits together (front-end, back-end, etc.) Anyone know of any good online resources- online courses, websites, etc. for this type of knowledge? I've checked out Code Academy and Khan Academy, but both seem heavily focused on helping you learn how to write code vs. understanding the system abstractly and holistically. But I may have missed something. Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by tessalations999 on Dec 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Creating a professional, stylized graphic that would make Tufte proud

I'm trying to create a diagram for a business proposal and am really disappointed with the quality of the tools I have. I need help creating something polished and attractive. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jul 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there affordable layout/design software for home use?

I'm looking for PC-based layout/design software that runs less than $500 that works better than MS Publisher. [more inside]
posted by PuppyCat on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Best practices for software focus groups

I'd like to start running focus groups on the software I design, and I'd love it if any of you lovely people have experience/resources/best practices you can share. [more inside]
posted by renderthis on Feb 7, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design?

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I need a broader view than what slashdot is giving me now

I realized recently, that I've lost somewhat of my network that kept me up to date on technology trends, software development methodologies and up and coming frameworks. I'm specifically in the enterprise JEE world. What are some software related blogs that you use as a Senior/Lead/Architect? [more inside]
posted by kookywon on Feb 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I find free/high quality software design training videos online.

I have a degree in computer engineering but I would like to expand my programming expertise. I have a very solid understanding of syntax and procedural programming but I am looking for video training on system design techniques and other 'higher-level' concepts like testability. I have recently been going through the Khan Academy math courses and love it. I would like something similar for software design. It can be proper training or just really good podcasts. [more inside]
posted by n-palmer on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

£50 a month to host two small (Plone) websites?

I think my friend's small company might be getting ripped off. I need advice as to what is acceptable pricing for building and running a couple of websites. [more inside]
posted by bollockovnikov on Sep 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Innovative websites as template/model for MFA research community

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Software that allows printed templates with 'editable areas'

Software solution for designers to create layout templates, and then give to non-technical people to populate with text and images. [more inside]
posted by oxide on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for a complex and variable world design game or software tool

Looking for a complex and variable world/city design game/tool [more inside]
posted by heylight on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Tablet application UI / UX resources

I'm looking for user interface (UI) and user experience articles, tutorials, and resources specifically targetted at tablet applications. [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for user and designer friendly ecommerce software

I'm looking for recommendations for ecommerce software that is easily customizable for a fairly code savvy designer which provides a very user friendly interface for my clients to add new items to the store. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Feb 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Landscape design software

Software recommendations for a landscape architect? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Dec 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Web Design Software for Non-Geek

A friend wants to "design websites". She is great in panting, colors, photography, but has until now no expereience with sophisticated software. I am afraid Photoshop / Dreamweaver is too much for a start. What software do you recommend?
posted by mitocan on Oct 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Simple project management software needed

Time-tracking project management software solution needed [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

What are some simple/free/open source design software options?

What are some low cost / open source software options for having fun manipulating pre-existing images. e.g. scanning a magazine cover and then changing the titles to something humorous. I'm a Mac user. [more inside]
posted by MT on Sep 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Engineering toolbox and the design process

What are some good places to find concrete examples of people using computers / math / engineering tools to solve (difficult or easy) problems in an intelligent manner? [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Feb 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Mobile Software Design Guru Reading?

where can I read about the system and software design for mobile? preferably something written within the last year or two? any particular mobile code gurus out there? primarily focusing on mobile web. Any of these books worth getting? They appear to have positive ratings and relevant content descriptions on Amazon. 0321269314 1847193439 0596155441 [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Jan 14, 2010 - 3 answers

Downsides of Scribus for Windows?

What are the downsides of using Scribus for Windows for my desktop-published magazine? [more inside]
posted by teracloth on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Quark Problems

My mom is a graphic designer and uses Quark. She just switched from a PowerPC based Macbook Pro to an Intel based MacBook Pro. Using the new Macbook Pro, she can't seem to open the Quark files she created using the old MacBook pro. It produces an error saying something about the processor. Is there a nice program for converting such files? [more inside]
posted by aburd on Nov 27, 2009 - 8 answers

What software should I use to design a Webpage logo?

I am trying to create a professional looking logo for a Web site. I am using GIMP but finding I am very limited in terms of what I can do with it. Is there a software package that I should be using that will allow me to create a good looking logo/header image? I understand Photoshop is the best however, it's really expensive (700.00). Are there any software alternatives or do I just have to pony up for Photoshop? By the way, I have a PC.
posted by hellodonna on Aug 26, 2009 - 23 answers

Desktop Publishing Software: Advantages and Disadvantages.

What software should be used for creating/designing a leaflet or book? Why? Also, is there an industry standard desktop publishing software? (InDesign, QuarkXPress?) [more inside]
posted by Memo on Aug 10, 2009 - 13 answers

Is Corel Draw 8 for Windows still gettable?

Is it still possible to get hold of Corel Draw 8 for Windows? Abandonware? [more inside]
posted by n3rt on Aug 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Personal Design Software?

Computer-aided design using Christopher Alexander's Notes on the Synthesis of Form? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Why in modern video games are all the enemies still clones?

Why, in video games, am I moving through an endless variety of environments but killing the same enemies over and over? [more inside]
posted by straight on Jun 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Recommendations for making Venn diagrams?

Does anyone have software recommendations for making Venn diagrams? Especially complicated ones? [more inside]
posted by tnygard on Mar 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Best drafting/illustration software for OS X?

My favourite drawing application that I've used is Ashlar's Graphite, but it is extremely overpriced. I'm looking for a tool that is both intuitive and accurate, snaps are very important. My problem is that many architecture/drafting applications are mired in extended functionality that I'm not interested in BUT most illustration software doesn't (seem to) have the precision I'm looking for. Is there a middle ground between architectural drafting software and illustration applications? What are my options on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Mar 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Best way to learn new software?

What are the good resources (online, books or local to the Denver area) for learning Adobe's Creative Suite? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Mar 4, 2009 - 4 answers

Spend our money by suggesting software!

We're a web dev shop with $700 that needs to be spent on software by the end of fiscal. What should we get? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Feb 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me replicate my beloved Photoshop 5.5 action!

In Photoshop 5.5 I was able to create an action to resize a layer/selection to a maximum width (say, 200 px). I could quickly select objects of varying initial sizes, run the action, and voila, everything fit neatly in a column. I've had Photoshop CS4 for over a week and can't figure out how to replicate this; my resizing seems to always be happening as a percent of the original size. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Feb 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Need a Beefy Site-Map Generator

Attention Web Folk: I'm looking for a visual site-map generator, preferably cheap or free, that can handle an absolutely labyrinthine site. Details follow! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Nov 11, 2008 - 2 answers

How can I use my teaching skills to help people?

In what ways can I use my recently-found software teaching skills to help people? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Oct 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Emperor's new clothing designer

PromotionFilter: What's the best way to convince the company that they need to create a new position - and that I'm the person to fill it? [more inside]
posted by relucent on Aug 11, 2008 - 11 answers

I'm looking for web based Sign Design software.

I'm looking for web based Sign Design software. I have a potential client who wants something just like this, but I haven't been able to find anything. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Aug 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Software to auto format and print game cards?

I am trying to prototype my own board/card game. I need a way to design a card format onto 4" x 6" and 3" x 3" spaces. Something like the software CCG maker but different sizes and not Magic specific. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Feb 17, 2008 - 9 answers

LaTex Book Templates?

Where can I find LaTex book templates? [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 on Sep 7, 2007 - 3 answers

Moving from coder to architect?

What tools, approaches, and/or books did you use to get beyond thinking of application design from a coder's perspective? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Jul 9, 2007 - 10 answers

I'm a mac designer who may have to work on Windows...Help!

I'm a Graphic Designer and I'm interviewing for a job that may mean I'll have to work on a Windows PC. What do I need to watch out for? [more inside]
posted by Mcable on Jul 7, 2007 - 21 answers

Software for my mum.

My mum loves interior design. She also loves puzzles but finds black belt Sudoku too easy. She's inheriting a laptop. What sort of programs and games can I load on this laptop for her? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me make great big plywood models!

CAD on a budget. I want to design some plywood models that are cut/milled from a sheet of plywood, and then slot together to form a 3D model... [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on May 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Font Preview Software for Logotypes

Mac/DesignFilter: I once heard of a Mac program that would allow you to preview different fonts using specific text, to help ease the design of a logotype. This isn't a font manager, but more of a design tool. [more inside]
posted by lunarboy on Apr 19, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I handle this difficult client situation?

Software product manager: How do I handle this difficult client? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Sep 9, 2006 - 20 answers

Good billing/invoicing software for Mac

Good billing/invoicing software for Mac that's suited to a graphic designer's needs?
posted by eustacescrubb on Jul 13, 2006 - 8 answers

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