for more articles
Academic Software Can Save You Money
|If you are a
graphic artist, you probably have several different graphic
programs gathering dust and taking up disk space on your
computer because you probably have one or two basic programs
that you use all the time. These will either be the ones you
learned first or have come to appreciate over time for either
their features or their ease of use.
But, what any serious graphic artist really needs is a complete set of
programs to satisfy your creative urge such as Macromedia Studio or Adobe
Creative Suite. However, these packages are very expensive and
usually beyond the means of someone who is just starting out,
like a college student.
Luckily, if you shop smart, you can save a great deal of money when
purchasing these products. One of the easiest ways to satisfy
your need for high-performance programs is to purchase the
academic software version. Academic software packages are also
commonly referred to as student software. If you attend any
educational institution you can probably qualify for student software
purchases which can save you a lot of money. Academic software packages are
the same programs sold to businesses but priced so students, teachers and
schools can afford to buy them. The only requirement is that you
agree to use the software only for education and not for
commercial business purposes.
Most academic software packages are designed for student use in classroom
environments where thy have access to their instructors as well
as other students. As a result, student software packages do not
usually include user manuals or any other materials normally
included in the “full” boxed retail version of the software.
The availability of free online tutorials (try Googling "free tutorial") can
for the student software package’s lack of a printed user’s manual. However,
many of these programs come complete with excellent online help
files and built in tutorials so there are more than enough
resources available for you to learn everything you need to
master even the most advanced software features.
These academic software packages allow you to save anywhere for 60-80% off
the retail price. Major software companies specifically designed
the student software packages to allow students to learn their
craft on the latest versions of professional software. They do
this for two reasons: to be good corporate citizens and
contribute to educating students and for sound business reasons.
The software companies know that most people will use the first
software package they learned completely throughout their entire
career as long as it still meets their professional needs. This
simple marketing strategy crates lifelong customers for these
You will have to prove that you are a student or teacher to purchase
academic software packages. All you will need to do is send a
copy of your staff ID, student ID or class schedule along with
your order. If you believe that you are eligible for the student
software discount, contact your school's bookstore or, to save
even more, order it online
from an academic software reseller.
About the author:
If you are a student, teacher or educational institution that
qualifies for the academic software discount price, please visit
http://www.sprysoft.comto see what is available.