sharepoint designer

If I download SharePoint designer, what can I use this for exactly?  Are there any examples of what this tool will accomplish?  Is it for making the site pretty?  Is there a way to access SharePoint more professinally?
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
SharePoint Designer allows you to edit the look and feel of pages, including masterpages and page layouts. You can also alter the out of the box forms.

You can use it to backup and restore sites.

It can be used to create and edit workflows.

So, it is useful, however it is possible to mess up layouts and other components with unwise editing.

I'd also venture the opinion that as a tool it has no future. The latest release 2013 actually removed features. This lack of TLC usually means the tool is at risk of not being developed further. (As happened with InfoPath 2013)
al4629740Author Commented:
What can be done with SharePoint to make the user experience better online?  or at the desktop level?
Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
That's a very general question.  You can introduce branding via Themes.

Put webparts on pages to display information

Spruce up the search experience by adding custom refiners

Use javascript to add custom effects

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al4629740Author Commented:
Do you have any examples online?
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