It’s been a little over a month since we went live with MuchSkills, and we are ecstatic that we have received such an overwhelming response from people all over the world, particularly the community on Product Hunt that has given us some amazing feedback and also the energy to keep doing more.
It’s just the sort of energy our small team needs to keep delivering new and improved features to our product by helping those who are developing a skills matrix for themselves or their team to do more.
On MuchSkills, our users have listed as many as 7,000 skills and softwares they use to succeed at their job. We’ve already written a blog on the most popular hard and soft skills and thought it would be fun to list the most popular softwares and tools too.
So here goes. Do remember that we are only highlighting the TOP tools listed on MuchSkills. If you want to know what came in second or third, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Top graphic design/editing tool - Adobe Photoshop
This software has been around for three decades and started out a photo editing tool that was more like a multi-purpose graphic design tool. There was a time when a lot of people began using it as an interface design tool but eventually better tools that specialized in user interfaces started popping up around 2013. The interface design community moved on but Photoshop stuck around and continues to be used widely as the most popular graphic design/editing tool out there.
Top mailing client - Gmail
Google began offering Web-based e-mail accounts to select beta testers in 2004, and now over 15 years later they still dominate the mailing ecosystem. Surprisingly enough, Gmail is one of the few mailing clients that has survived the test of time, with other similar platforms like Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL being unable to do what Gmail has done so well. Keeping things simple and having an efficient spam filter.
Most popular web browser - Google Chrome
There was a time when the world was on Internet Explorer, but 11 years ago, Google Chrome arrived on the scene and dominated the browser space, pushing aside Firefox and IE6,7,8 with a clear simpler and faster browser that was free to use. It continues to be the preferred browser for most users and with their latest new privacy features, it looks like they are trying to show their commitment towards privacy, but as always, things could always be better.
Top User Interface Design tool - Figma
The now not so new kid on the block - Figma has taken the User Interface world by storm, and has very quickly taken over a market we all thought would be controlled by Sketch for some time. But with their super fast, cloud-based, collaborative design tool, Figma solved a problem that had plagued numerous designers - version controlling. No more FINAL FINAL, or FINAL V2.0, or Definitely_FINAL anymore. Everything was on the cloud and the point of truth was available for everyone to access, in real time online. I might be biased, but I think Figma is the best collaborative vector design tool out there.
Top Illustration Design tool - Adobe Illustrator
An old, seasoned software that has been a favourite amongst designers around the world, Illustrator in a strange sense, has stood the test of time. It’s workflow hasn’t changed much, and it still can do a lot more when it comes to doing vector based art than any of the other vector design tools like Figma or Sketch. Somehow, Illustrator always stays as a tool in the belt of most designers. And now they are making it even more accessible as they plan an iPad version this summer.
Top Spreadsheet tool - Microsoft Office Excel
This tool needs no introduction. Love it or hate it, it is here to stay. Even as Google Sheets and it’s powerful collaboration workflow comes nipping at its heels, Excel is warding off any attempts of making it redundant. Most pros prefer to use Excel because, well you can do pretty much anything with it, and as they launch their cloud collaboration functions, it looks like they aren’t going anywhere.
Top Presentation Program - Microsoft Office PowerPoint
A software I probably learned way back in 1994 at school. What I liked most about it was the clipart that I would use to decorate my slides. What was a slide anyway, I had no idea back then. Today, all I do is create slides, albeit not on PowerPoint (I personally find it clunky) and I know this tool has probably caused more frustration than any other tool out there, but it has been the tool of corporate storytellers for decades. Imagine the number of pitch decks and financial forecasts and other concepts being presented every second on a PowerPoint.
Top Communication Tool - Slack
Slack has now been around for a few years. It came as a welcome relief to many users who were otherwise forced to communicate only over email. The problem with email has always been that it’s too formal, and when you’re working with a team and collaborating closely, you don’t always have the need to say, Dear [blank], or Hi [blank]. You simply want to get to the point. Slack has been able to provide organizations the ability to collaborate through conversations that may or may not be formal. They took what was a familiar behaviour from old IRC chat rooms and brought it to the workroom. This is another tool that I can’t do without, even if on somedays it feels overwhelming.
Most popular File Sharing - Dropbox
They grew steadily from their launch way back in 2007 with their file sharing, cloud-based service. Everyone went crazy, and then people at work started using it, and that’s when we discovered all the limitations. All the mini heart attacks we had about files disappearing or getting accidentally deleted or their desktop client not syncing. Despite this, they have continued to grow their users and have recently launched their enterprise collaboration workspace.
Top Project Management Tool - JIRA
What started out as a simple issue tracking software way back in 2002, JIRA has become widely used as one of the most popular project management tools out there. Even as Notion and other similar tools out there are closing in on their core user base, Jira is holding fort. They have even launched a slew of new Devops features. With a purpose to make it make it easier for teams to collaborate across functions as companies adopt DevOps.
Most popular programming language - Python
I’m not a programmer myself, but if there was one programming language that I heard about all the time, it has to be Python. Python is used by many popular websites, applications and services such as Youtube, Google, Salesforce and many more. Python recently released Python 3.8.3.
Top Visual Effects Software - Adobe After Effects
When it comes to After Effects, I have to say that it is one of the most versatile motion graphics and visual effects editing software. You can get to the result you want to achieve in an infinite number of ways. Professional game developers, film makers, designers and other artists can all use this tool to bring things to life. All you need is an idea. Out of all the different Adobe softwares that have recently had a slew of startups coming for them, After Effects hasn’t yet seen any major push from any other software out there.
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