Whenever some software shows up that might make my job easier, my initial, gut reaction is ‘no, I can do fine without it’. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that, and I’m sure plenty of people listen to that reaction and go on to make do without.
But that is wrong. I have learned to fight that reaction, to the extent where if it even has any chance of making my job easier, and I can afford it, I get it. Nine times out of ten that software will go on to either save or make far more money than what it cost to purchase.
From shareware apps like Soulver or AppViz to big fat apps like Cinema 4D or Photoshop to hardware like a faster Mac or a bigger display, I never regret buying any of them. They allow me to do things I wouldn’t otherwise be able to do in less time, of better quality, and nearly always ultimately pay for themselves.
A bad craftsman may well blame his tools, but a good craftsman never has to.