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There's no SharePoint without SharePoint Designer
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June 10, 2016

There's no SharePoint without SharePoint Designer

Score 8 out of 101
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SharePoint Designer is currently being used to provide custom solutions to end-users. It is currently only being used by the SharePoint Team. SharePoint Designer helps automate business processes by sending notifications through custom workflows and by creating custom reports using web part pages.
  • Helps developers create a custom look and feel for new, edit and display forms.
  • Gives user the ability to create parameters and connect web parts.
  • Gives users the ability to create custom workflows.
  • SharePoint 2010 is very buggy and it often crashes.
  • It helps me get work completed quicker.
  • It allows me to not have to use custom development (programming) to provide custom solutions to customers.
  • Dreamweaver
SharePoint Designer should be used for SharePoint it was made for this purpose. Trying to use Dreamweaver with SharePoint just doesn't work.
I would have to say no. Most out of the box functionality can be done in SharePoint Designer as well as within SharePoint. I think it's okay to use both if you have the permissions to do so. If you aren't a power users or developer I would recommend not using SharePoint Designer because you could easily make modifications that weren't intended.