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Calling all designers – New year, new tools!

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It goes without saying that designers require a number of tools in order to perform at the best of their abilities. What’s more important than the number of tools at your disposal however, is making sure they are the right ones. As we embark on a new year, many designers plan to upgrade their toolkit in a bid to improve the productivity and efficiency of their work – so with that in mind let’s take a look at what’s on the market…

Workstations

Dell Precision

These powerful workstations are a must-have for any designer worth their salt. Specifically designed for industries where fast processing is required – such as 3d modelling, design, and data mining – most of these models are completely customisable, allowing one to choose everything from processor to video card and ram.

HP Z Series

Another fantastic workstation series designed to handle the most complex type of design and data, these guys are the perfect solution for most design needs – and what’s more, they’re incredibly affordable.

All notebooks and desktops in the HP Z series are equipped with Intel Core i7 processors and normally come with 8 GB ram – and while they are slightly cheaper than the Dell options, there is no option to customise a workstation to one’s specific requirements.

Design Software

Autocad LT

Autocad LT is one of our favourite programs available for 2D CAD designs and drafting. As the slightly cheaper alternative to Autocad, Autocad LT is the perfect solution for designers who require a comprehensive software package without the need for 3D capabilities.

Adobe Creative Cloud

There can’t be many designers out there who don’t use at least one of the Adobe programs, be it Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects or Lightroom on a daily basis. But how many currently take advantage of the entire range through Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering which brings together the entire suite for the first time?

The more affordable option to buying software outright, Creative Cloud allows users to pay a small monthly fee in order to gain access to its entire range of applications. Now there really is no excuse not to give your designers the best tools on the market.

Skechup Pro 2016

The last item on our list in Sketuchup Pro2016 – the software of choice for 3D designers, used by artists and designers in a whole range of industries.

Sketchup Pro 2016 is one of the most feature rich design experiences around and much more web-friendly than any of its earlier incarnations – the new version lets users to synchronise work in progress through Trimble Connect, allowing whole teams of designers, engineers and artworkers to collaborate and work in harmony via the cloud.

So what are you waiting for? Make 2016 the year that you speed up your design work with advanced processing power and workstations specifically designed to enhance the software experience. Speak to one of our expert advisers today on 01753 695090 or email sales@keyzone.com to find out how.

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