For offline and online slideshow presentations
Microsoft PowerPoint (Windows and OSX)
Microsoft PowerPoint is the number one choice to create, manage and present a slideshow. Create a professional slide by dropping text, basic shapes with filling and outline, images adjusted in brightness, contrast and color, and add symbols, equations and even full tables and charts completely customizable, as you need. PowerPoint is fully compatible with all the other Office products â€“ so you can edit an Excel spreadsheet directly on your slide page. Indeed text is fully managed professionally as in Microsoft Word, adjusting font family, style, size, distribution and even filling and outline. Once your slides are done, check the result by playing all of them through a Presentation in full screen. If you prefer, you can also add outstanding visual and audio animations if you want to make your slideshow more attractive.
Apple Keynote (OSX)
Apple Keynote is a free software included in your Mac, very useful to make professional presentations and slideshows. Pick a ready graphic template, and start creating your own slides, by adding text, charts, tables, shapes or your own media on each of your slides. The slide template allows you to make a clean and organized slideshow even if you start from a beginner level. Then customize all your elements by adding special contours, filling, shadow, transparency and reflection. If you import a video or a picture, you can directly crop, size and apply corrections on its appearance. Keynote also has the ability to apply great transitions to your slides, and effects to each of your slide elements to make your presentation awesome.
For your own documents, magazines or advertisements
Microsoft Word (Windows and OSX)
Microsoft Word is the leader software in realizing and managing text documents. Here you have full control of your document: fix the layout page, regulate the space from the borders, then create any numbered Index, and organize your document by typing several degrees of Headings and Titles as you need. For each heading or paragraph, decide the text style, by selecting font family, style, color, space, or even effects, such as shadow and glow. Indeed, it is not just about text: you can add tables, charts, images, customized shapes, and even math equations, which makes Microsoft Word a very flexible software for any document topic. By considering also that is fully compatible with other Office products, Word is surely a must-to-have software for any document presentation on a large scale.
Adobe InDesign (Windows and OSX)
Adobe InDesign is one of the best choices to make magazines and document pages. In respect to Microsoft Word, InDesign has several features to manage your document in a more intuitive way. Your document does not go from top to bottom line per line, but it is indeed as a sheet of blank paper, where you can type text and draw freely at every side of the page. Drop entire text paragraphs, draw customized shapes with the Pen Tool, getting help from useful guidelines, and personalize your own objects by applying stroke, filling, personalizing borders, and adding amazing gradients, feather and border effects. InDesign, as other Adobe products, is available only under a subscription plan.
Quark QuarkXPress (Windows and OSX)
Quark QuarkXPress is a great alternative to Adobe InDesign, if you do not want to go on a subscription plan. Create your document or magazine pages with a chosen standard format, draw shapes with the Pen Tool, and drop images and text freely on the empty space. Customize your own elements by applying a personalized filling or stroke with a solid color or outstanding gradients. Take your piece of text, and regulate its distribution, indent, its leading and tracking values, but also the number of columns to use. You can also link a column with another distant from it, in case you get your page covered with figures. QuarkXPress is the best choice for realizing documents for publicizing.
For your business management
Microsoft Project (Windows)
Microsoft Project is the most-used software to organize, plan and manage your business job, increasing the efficiency of your work, people and cost management. First define the working days and the all the personal and shared holidays, and then all your objectives, defining milestones, deadlines and constraints. Define all the people involved on these, adding name, contacts, email and additional data, and then assign to each one the most proper job. Link different objectives if they have to be done in order. Once the plan is defined, Project helps you rearranging your organization, indicating overlapped jobs, deadline not respected, and all the people overloaded or on holidays for a determined period. Project is indeed a great software for any business management.
Microsoft Access (Windows)Microsoft Access is a Database Management System software, used to easily collect data, offline or online. You can use it to collect data from people, including their contacts, any website link, or any attachment, in order to save a database from a working group, a school class, or your own contacts. This data will compose a Table, which is filled manually, or through online Forms, where other people can import his own data directly on your database. If you need, export your data by creating a Report, and use inner functions by using automated Macros and Modules. Once your database is done, you can export it directly via .xml, .pdf or on Excel. Access is indeed one of the most suggested products to help you at managing your own databases.
To work and extract your data
Microsoft Excel (Windows and OSX)
Microsoft Excel is number one software to collect, organize and represent your data through several professional charts and tables. Accepting the major options (.csv - comma delimited, or space delimited), import your data inside your Excel columns, which can welcome text, numbers, dates, currencies and much more. Apply Filters - to show just the interested data - make calculations with ready functions, starting from the most basic ones such as sums, to the most advanced ones, such as statistical indicators like the variance. When data is ready, realize interactive 2D and 3D charts, completely customizable in background, color, line type and style. From such charts, you can also extrapolate data and show the variable dependence between two or more dimensions. Excel is indeed one of the best products to work with your data in an engineering environment.
To realize professional presentation drawings
Microsoft Visio (Windows)
Microsoft Visio is a very great software to realize professional drawings for any of your text documents or slideshow presentations. It comes with loads and loads of free templates, in order to draw mechanical, electrical and process engineering elements, from motors to transistors, but also flowcharts, maps, floor plans, and basic charts and graphs. You can also create your own customized shapes, by providing connectors, connection points and text. Several drawing aids are provided, such as snappings, rulers, grids and object keypoints. Indeed Visio is the best choice to create drawings for official and business documents.
For business communication
Microsoft Outlook (Windows and OSX)
Microsoft Outlook is the perfect email portal on your computer. Import all your email addresses on Outlook in one minute, due to the complete automated import system. Outlook will show all your new emails from each of the added accounts, without logging in every time on the several email providers. Save all your contacts, your older emails inside archives, and apply rules to automatically filter spam emails or move important emails into your favorite folders. Due to the follow-ups and tasks, you can also take track of all your duties and responses yet to send. Outlook is more than just emails: you can also make online appointments and meetings, complete with date and location, to invite other people, and accept/decline the ones you receive, by checking your availability via your Outlook calendar.