Two months ago, the company I worked for went bankrupt and I'm about to start a new job at a rival company. This job is largely the same (working with Kodak Preps, ApogeeX and creating printing plates) except that I will also have to do corrections to artwork and create PDFs from these. This used to be done by freelancers before I arrived, so my boss relies on me to decide what software to buy to let me work as well as possible but this is a very small company so I can't just go wild.
So far I have the following:
- Adobe CS5.5 Design Standard (upgrade from 3)
- Adobe Acrobat Professional 9 (I can't stand X's fixed layout)
- Enfocus Pitstop 09 or 10 (we can buy 09 from the auction of my old company)
- a PC workstation (yes, not a Mac)
And then the rest is what I'm wondering about. Do you recommend any specific plugins or software besides these?
For example, I know I need some tool to create barcodes but the only useful tool that exports with EPS (it HAS to be EPS or vector, images are useless since they can't be easily resized) is Barcode Producer which is incredibly expensive for what it does and I think my boss would look at me funny if I asked for that much money just for a barcode program - and Barcode Toolbox no longer works with CS5+ I heard?
So, do you guys/girls have any advice?