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Started by Tinymcsmithy on Oct 20, 2021 6:08:17 AM
Software that was great and did all it needed to just fine, until they messed it up

What it says on the tin.

(If anyone is feeling positive, we could do vice versa also.)

hailesaladdie - 20 Oct 2021 11:44:35 (#15 of 89)

Firefox bloated like a ripe corpse.

AlanII - 20 Oct 2021 10:46:50 (#16 of 89)

As did Netscape.

AlanII - 20 Oct 2021 10:47:54 (#17 of 89)

Acrobat Pro.

God, yes!

hailesaladdie - 20 Oct 2021 11:49:49 (#18 of 89)

MS Teams has gone from being a decent UC platform to being a laggy, unnavigable skin on virtually every MS application.

Policywatcher - 20 Oct 2021 12:41:30 (#19 of 89)

Corel Photo Paint...

Before Corel bought Paint Shop Pro and then first buggered around the CPP User interface, then dropped it and then brought it back as Corel Photo-Paint...

phantlers - 20 Oct 2021 12:51:49 (#20 of 89)

Paint Shop Pro was a great introductory graphics application.

LomaxFairchild - 20 Oct 2021 14:16:01 (#21 of 89)

For me, Word 2.0 on Windows was as good as it got. Super fast and it could sum columns of data (useful for invoices), a feature which has since been removed.

Freehand was leagues nicer to use than Illustrator, which Adobe used to kill it off (thank God for Affinity Designer)

QuickTime - used to be a useful little video tool. Now plays videos and, err, that's it.

Tinymcsmithy - 20 Oct 2021 17:31:55 (#22 of 89)

QuickTime Pro, yes it only did about half a dozen things, but they were all you needed to do with 90% of small video clips.

Tinymcsmithy - 20 Oct 2021 17:33:15 (#23 of 89)

Corel’s interface for all its tools has always been horrible.

Policywatcher - 20 Oct 2021 16:42:23 (#24 of 89)

> LomaxFairchild - about 2 hours ago ( #21 of 24)

> a feature which has since been removed.

Nope. I use it all the time - it's still there, just rather harder to find - the same problem that so many power users have with the ribbon.

  • Build a table.
  • Put a column of figures in, apart from the bottom cell
  • Go to the bottom cell
  • Ribbon: Layout / Data / fx formula.



TheExcession - 20 Oct 2021 17:44:14 (#25 of 89)

The Quicktime Player was fucking dreadful software. For some reason it was massively more resource intensive than any of the others and couldn't play anything larger than a postage stamp on a high end PC of the time without stuttering.

Policywatcher - 20 Oct 2021 16:47:12 (#26 of 89)

Every release of Visual Studio and SQL Management Studio seems to take longer to load than its predecessor.

And in the case of Visual Studio, crash more.

AND WHAT FUCKING IDIOT made it that the WinForms designer can't be locked at desiging forms at 96dpi without having to lock the entire application that way?

Gotout - 20 Oct 2021 17:54:40 (#27 of 89)

The endlessly useful Norton Utilities somehow ended up being the excerable Norton Antivirus.

I seem to recall that Norton antivirus and Norton utilities were two quite separate programs, both were excellent in the days of DOS and Windows 3.1. Then Peter Norton sold out and they transformed into bloatware.

Tinymcsmithy - 21 Oct 2021 01:02:02 (#28 of 89)

The Quicktime Player was fucking dreadful software. For some reason it was massively more resource intensive than any of the others and couldn't play anything larger than a postage stamp on a high end PC of the time without stuttering.

Ah yes, on a PC maybe. It was fine on a Mac. Apple’s revenge at the time for MS products probably. ;)

Tinymcsmithy - 21 Oct 2021 01:04:41 (#29 of 89)

There was much discussion at the time as to whether Norton Utilities was a marvel tool, or actually more dangerous than not using it at all.

It did save some lost work a few times, but I definitely felt it was a last ditch critical tool rather than thee everyday maintenance tool that some people used it for.

brooklyn - 21 Oct 2021 02:29:10 (#30 of 89)

I'm old. in the early 1980s dBase III was a perfect administrative tool. it was a database application simple enough even for a no-techer like me. you could readily design a data compilation. I helped use it to manage the work of about 40 lawyers. the number of fields was limitless -- or at least I never approached a limit. the search function let you instantly create a report with any subset of fields you wanted. and the print was a 14 font! it was perfect.

and then it went away.

Ebadlun - 21 Oct 2021 02:35:59 (#31 of 89)

I can't really help in this thread, the history of Android dev has gone from being utter wank on stilts 7 years ago to being as fine and coherent a set of paradigms and tools as anyone could wish for.

Tinymcsmithy - 21 Oct 2021 02:36:04 (#32 of 89)

Actually iTunes was once a really simple, clean and capable digital music player and catalogue system.

Then they started trying to get it to do loads of other shit.

bossab2 - 21 Oct 2021 05:06:07 (#33 of 89)

Filemaker pro

DishyFishy - 21 Oct 2021 05:52:30 (#34 of 89)

Visual Studio

I used to use it daily, and my well-being has improved beyond measure now I no longer have to.

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