Whether you are going off to college for the first time or just getting ready for the new semester, there are some software products that every student should have on their laptop. We call these The Student Essentials.
Microsoft Office University (College students only)
You have to have Office on your computer. You just do. It’s the industry standard, which means when someone sends you a word document, spreadsheet or presentation you are going to want to be compatible. It’s the industry standard for a good reason. It’s great software. And lucky for you, Microsoft offers it at an awesome price. As low as $88.88 thru 9/15.
Microsoft Office University is available for PC and Mac. Office 2010 is for PC’s (Windows) and it includes 7 programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, OneNote and Publisher. Office 2011 is for Mac. It includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Both are available as an electronic download or in a box that looks cool on your shelf. Just $88.88 and can be installed on two computers, which is perfect if you own a laptop and a desktop.
Not a college student (or college faculty/staff)? No problem. Microsoft makes their Microsoft Office Home and Student version for you.
Backgrounds for PowerPoint
If you do Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, this is a great little product. 100 backgrounds, 3 color variations. Just $9.95
Microsoft OneNote – $49.95
Made for students! Awesome note taking software. Microsoft OneNote 2010 is a digital notebook that provides a single place where you can gather all of your notes and information, with the added benefits of powerful search capabilities to find what you are looking for quickly, plus easy-to-use shared notebooks so you can manage information overload and work together with others more effectively. Buy OneNote alone or get it in Office.
Adobe Acrobat X Pro
Adobe Acrobat X Pro software lets you deliver highly professional PDF communications. Create and edit PDF files with rich media included, share information more securely, and gather team feedback more efficiently. Only $99.95 thru 9/30.
Adobe Creative Suite 6
Essential if you are doing any kind of print or web design work. Need to “Photoshop” something, we have it. Photoshop is also available in your choice of for great suites. Design Standard if you are doing mostly print work. If you design for both Print and Web to for mobile devices, you will want the Design and Web Premium. If creating video is your thing, your flavor is Production Premium. And if you just do it all, say hello to the Master Collection. All on sale thru 9/30.
Ok, but how do you learn how to use all this stuff? Well, aside for some of the classes you are talking, Total Training offers incredible software training for Microsoft, Adobe and tons of other software products. Learn to use your software with online video training, and learn at your pace. And it’s soooooo affordable. Starting from just $14.95 for All Access Training. For just $14.95 you get access to hundreds of software titles!
Great resources for your all your Back to School needs:
ThinkEDU – Software at student discounted pricing.
BookRenter – Save up to 80% on your textbooks!
RHL – Everything you need for your dorm.
eBags – HUGE selection of backpacks, bags & cases that hold your laptop and more.
Dick Blick – The best art supplies at the best discounts.
Beyond Graduation – Huge selection of official college licensed apparel, college sports teams and pro sports.
Apple – Heard of these guys? They make some cool stuff. Laptops, iPads, iPhones