In wandering around blogs, and in the forums I see many people talking about programs that cost money – such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Textpad and more, so in the last couple of weeks I’ve got hold of them, installed them, cracked them and had a good play to see what the fuss is about.
No doubt these programs are worth the price, but in each of the above examples – there were more too – I found myself with a program that could do far far more than I would ever either need or learn to use. So why do people use them like that ? Take DW for instance – apparently it’s a great tool for creating webpages, managing sites and probably more, so why when I see most mentions of it is the person concerned obviously closer to the point of clueless than clued-in ? Why have they paid for a program which they obviously cannot use ? And if it’s cracked, then why did they install something for which they are going to use only a few percentage of it’s power ? Is it because it’s what their mates use ? Is it because it’s just there for the taking ?
It’s a bit like a newly qualified driver buying a tank then asking how it should be made to turn corners.
I can see the point behind pirated music / games / movies, but software ? Nope.
Maybe people think it’s ‘cool’ to say they use DW, maybe those same people think it’s hardcore to say that I only use Notepad++, but the thing is I cannot use DW – I’ve tried these last few days. It’s got huge power, but for me it lacks control, so why should I use it ? One of the reasons I initially liked WordPress – and still do – is that the program felt transparent. I’ve said it before, but other blogging systems, when I clicked ‘Publish’ I felt they grabbed my words and slowly chewed them over before spitting them at the page. WordPress acted differently – it just took them and slid them straight there – no fuss, no screwing around, just doing what was meant. With PS and DW (two of the most widely cracked programs so I read), there is just so much other stuff going on that it’s all just so busy – my perception as a very inexperienced user.
If it’s warez, and you aren’t going to use it’s full potential, then why are you bothering ? I can see why someone will pirate those two AND use their full potential, but for others, why on earth are you bothering to do that ? I mean, if you boast that you use DW yet you cannot figure out out to alter something fairly insignificant like a hovered link, then don’t you think you are advertising the fact that you are using warez ?
I’m on no puritanical drive for honesty – I couldn’t care less about the financial side of things – I just don’t see why people are using pnuematic drills when all they can actually handle is a screwdriver.
(And all the warez has been removed from my machine and the registry cleared. I don’t need that stuff. I use only Paint Shop Pro (purchased) and Notepad++ for everything on my site. And PSP ? My daughter uses that better than me !)