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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.)

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.

=SUM(ABOVE)

Bingo.

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.

carterbrandon - 21 Oct 2021 08:03:03 (#35 of 89)

Paintshop Pro 5 again. I've been mucking about with it for years, and maintain that doing anything more complicated than it can manage well would require training, which not many people actually have.

carterbrandon - 21 Oct 2021 08:04:41 (#36 of 89)

Also the Web. That IMG tag was the beginning of the end. Allowing pictures was a total Pandora's Box.

cozzer - 21 Oct 2021 08:20:23 (#37 of 89)

To be honest, punched cards were fine, and I don’t know why anyone moved away from them.

tasselhoff - 21 Oct 2021 08:38:13 (#38 of 89)

in the early 1980s dBase III was a perfect administrative tool.

dBase II, Shirley? IIRC dBase III came out mid-eighties (I used both before moving on to Clipper etc).

TheExcession - 21 Oct 2021 08:58:19 (#39 of 89)

#32 My main reason for not getting an iPhone was down to itunes. After installing it scanned my entire hard drive for any audio files at all (including those that were sound files for games) and put them all into a giant unsorted list, ignoring any file structure that was there in the first place.

Tinymcsmithy - 21 Oct 2021 09:00:08 (#40 of 89)

Oh, OSX knows better about file management than to have file structures.

Lento_ - 21 Oct 2021 09:51:02 (#41 of 89)

The whole Apple ethos seems to be "we know best how you should manage your stuff and use your devices". If you happen to follow how Apple thinks you should do stuff then it all works pretty well for the most part. If you don't then it's a massive pain in the arse.

LomaxFairchild - 21 Oct 2021 09:52:58 (#42 of 89)

#26 - I hoped someone would say that - thanks!

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