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The transition to Windows is going rather smoothly. Having not extensively used it since Windows 98, I have to say i'm really impressed with XP. Anyways, i'm hoping some of the journal land readers can suggest some software, as i'm not that sure what's out there.

So far i've got Firefox, VS C++ 2005 Express, the August 2006 DirectX SDK (which i'm really impressed with), Paint.net, SharpReader (RSS reader), Microsoft's virtual desktop powertoy (the one thing I really missed in OS X), Open Office, Python, X-Chat 2, Blender, and VMware Player. What am I missing that you can't live without?

VMware is pretty amazing. This entry from Rob Loach inspired me to try it out. I had been thinking about dual booting, but so far VMware's performance is up to my needs. Something about being able to run Windows and Linux side by side makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Here's a screenie:

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--Anyways, i'm hoping some of the journal land readers can suggest some software, as i'm not that sure what's out there.--

I didn't see graphics apps in there so you could get. 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, Milkshape, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, GIMP, Deep Paint, Kings Quest VI, and some poker program.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I've got Blender and Paint.net for my graphics (and ImageMagick, which I forgot to mention) - but i'm definitely more of a programmer than an artist. I'm going to take a look at Milkshape and Maya personal learning edition. Given my current artistic skills I suspect Max and Maya might be a bit out of my budget. Somewhat like how I own a copy of MS Office on my Mac laptop (which i'm giving to my parents), but I didn't use the advanced features enough to justify buying a copy for Windows. Unless some interoperability issues come up, Open Office should suit my needs.

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