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SUMMARY OF SOFTWARE SURVEY TOTALS - 15th October 2003
The following tables present the total number of software packages used by projects. This information is gathered from the Technical Specification reports. Although the totals presented here accurately reflect the data that is contained in these forms, no guarantee can be made that the data accurately reflects the software usage of projects.
It is clear that in some cases the questions on the Technical Specification are ambiguous, hence a survey meant to detail software usage contains details of imaging hardware.
The most popular form of Image Creation software is the Adobe Photoshop product which is used by 72 projects.
The next most popular product is Lasersoft Silverfast (10 projects).
The table above details the various digital capturing hardware devices. The most popular choices being the Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera (3 projects), UMAX Magicscan (2 projects), Epson Perfection 2450 Photo Scanner (2 projects), HP Scanjet 7400c (2 projects), Nikon Coolpix 995 camera (2 projects), Nikon Super Coolscan 4000ED (2 projects) and DuoScan (2 projects). This data is only supplied by a few of the projects who have misunderstood the wording of the question. Additionally, it is not always clear whether the answer given on the Technical Specification form is referring to the hardware device or software that is directly linked to it.
The most popular type of video creation software is Adobe Premier (7 projects). The next most popular package is Apple QuickTime (6 projects).
The most popular type of Audio Creation software is the Sound Forge product (10 projects), the next most popular is Cool Edit Pro (6 projects).
The results in the table above show how this question has been misunderstood by some projects. Seven projects state that they are using SQL as their Content Management System without specifying the type of database.
However, the most popular type of database being used by projects is Microsoft Access (31 projects). Although Access is an acceptable choice for smaller and simpler projects, its use on larger projects needs to be considered carefully.
Again, these results show that this question has been misunderstood by some projects and incorrect answers are being given. Examples of this would be the references to the Oracle database and MySQL.
However, of the packages referenced in the forms Microsoft IIS is the most popular and is used by 17 projects. The next popular is Windows 2000 Server (10 projects).
The most popular software package is Macromedia Dreamweaver which is used by 48 projects. The next most popular package is Adobe Photoshop (16 projects).
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