Designing with software is here to stay. Software changes rapidly. How is staying up to date with tools important?
Staying up to date with design tools, I think, is important to keep up with for a number of reasons. Among those reasons include obtaining updates for software that either fixes bugs or adds new features or both which improves on user experience for such programs. This is especially true with software adding new features; Photoshop, for example, has been around for 20+ years and since its debut, many tools have been added and changed. Adobe even has offered Photoshop in a combined package with other software such as Illustrator and InDesign.
With that being said, making an effort to stay up to date ensures that one won’t miss out on newer options. Me personally, I try to stay up to date with my programs by always updating when asked to (i.e. iTunes, apps, Internet Explorer, etc.) As a graphic design student, I will have to make sure to work with tools in the more recent version in order to access new features that could be helpful when taking on projects. I don’t see this as being difficult as I would be notified of such updates via creating an account like with Adobe when accessing Photoshop and other programs.