My experience with certain applications has revealed the necessity of their presence in my arsenal. These staples are programs I feel any individual wishing to continue their personal development professionally should truly grasp and effectively be able to utilize.
We’ll start with the absolute basic here – yes I am aware that Acrobat reader is available for free. And honestly, recognize that we take that for granted as they add features to it over time. If you are a professional that is not utilizing Acrobat Pro and settling for reader – you are at a disadvantage.
Even if you decide not to get the entire suite, please treat yourself to Acrobat Pro. Stop sidestepping for the freebies.
This particular type of software may allude some professionals – it may not make its power known for many professions. However, most everyone is dealing with digital media in some manner – and the days of me looking for the capabilities of the built in media players, or even the browser convertors are over.
- Microsoft PowerApps
- OneNote (for the love of everything everywhere, stop using notebooks. I like physically writing on paper as well but navigating a full notebook of projects and information never ends well)
- Visual Studio Code (if you’re coding at all, this is free – and will auto set your programming languages for autocomplete and formatting)
- Microsoft Flow (flows are another automation technique which can help you streamline efforts quickly)