What kind of computer or software do I need for Skillcrush?

You don’t need anything fancy to start at Skillcrush or your career in tech – just a computer (laptop or desktop) with access to the Internet and that you can use to watch YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents. 

We recommend a Mac for your time here at Skillcrush and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work very fine too.

We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the program, but you can read below about what you'll need and any other costs there might be.

Visual Designer

  • Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan
    This plan is currently $49.99/month with an annual subscription or $74.99/month for a month-by-month subscription. There is a free 7-day trial (which begins on the day you use the first app) that you could use starting at the end of week 1 of Skillcrush 107.  

    You'll only need Illustrator and InDesign for Skillcrush 107 and Skillcrush 207. So, you can consider cancelling Your All Apps plan after Skillcrush 207 and then sign up for the Single App plan (which is currently $19.99/month or $29.99/month) for Skillcrush 307.
  • UXPin
    UXPin is needed for wireframing in Skillcrush 107. There's a 7-day free trial, and you can extend the free trial for up to 30 days by sharing a link to UXPin on social media. After that, the Basic plan is $29/month. But, there are some free alternatives that we'll share with you during the course if you prefer not to subscribe.


Front End Developer or Web Developer 

  • Domain name and hosting
    You should plan to spend about $15-20 for the annual domain name fee and about $50-80 for the annual hosting fee for the website that you'll be building and launching. (We'll let you know about what exactly you need and how to get it during the course.)


UX

  • During this course, we’ll introduce you to two cutting-edge tools of the trade: Figma and InVision. These tools allow you to quickly and easily create interactive wireframes and prototypes, even if you have no prior design experience. Both tools are intuitive and easy to learn, and they’re used by UX pros worldwide. Best of all, they’re free! Both tools offer no-cost plans that allow you to complete and store up to three full projects, which is just what you need to complete this blueprint. We’ll also introduce you to Zoom, a free video conferencing tool that allows you to virtually connect with others and record your sessions.


Digital Marketing

  • During this course, we’ll introduce you to six tools of the trade that are used by digital marketing pros worldwide. These tools are intuitive and easy to learn, and can be easily used in a browser window. And best of all, they’re free!


ReactJS

  • You won’t need any special software, though we will be introducing you to two FREE tools of the trade:
    • CodeSandbox - an online code editor that helps students create and share web application projects
    • React Developer Tools - a Chrome extension that adds React inspection debugging capability to Chrome DevTools

These tools are web-based and easy to learn, so there’s no need to install any software. 


Break Into Tech Blueprint

  • Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps plan
    This plan is currently $49.99/month with an annual subscription or $74.99/month for a month-by-month subscription. There is a free 7-day trial (which begins on the day you use the first app) that you could use starting at the end of week 1 of Skillcrush 107. 

    You'll only need Illustrator and InDesign for Skillcrush 107 and Skillcrush 207.   

    You can consider cancelling Your All Apps plan after Skillcrush 207 and then sign up for the Single App plan (which is currently $19.99/month or $29.99/month) for Skillcrush 307. 
  • UXPin
    UXPin is needed for wireframing in Skillcrush 107. There's a 7-day free trial, and you can extend the free trial for up to 30 days by sharing a link to UXPin on social media. After that, the Basic plan is $29/month. But, there are some free alternatives that we'll share with you during the course if you prefer not to subscribe. 
  • Domain name and hosting
    You should plan to spend about $15-20 for the annual domain name fee and about $50-80 for the annual hosting fee for the website that you'll be building and launching. (We'll let you know about what exactly you need and how to get it during the course.)

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