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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 07:08:39 (#7 of 89)

Ah yes, I remember that causing a storm.

TheSwearingBear - 20 Oct 2021 07:40:09 (#8 of 89)

It was incredible. Apple basically handed Adobe an entire industry. Very odd.

Tinymcsmithy - 20 Oct 2021 07:45:24 (#9 of 89)

Adobe already bought out the graphics industry and killed off Freehand.

upgoerfive - 20 Oct 2021 10:29:23 (#10 of 89)

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

TheExcession - 20 Oct 2021 10:38:39 (#11 of 89)

AVG was a nice and relatively unobtrusive free AV until it became a bloated piece of nagware.

JohnIlly - 20 Oct 2021 10:02:43 (#12 of 89)

There is definitely some law which compels people to keep adding new functionality to software until the original functionality is destroyed. It is probably a consequence of the third law of thermodynamics.

Tinymcsmithy - 20 Oct 2021 11:23:24 (#13 of 89)

Good point. Which reminds me.

Acrobat Pro. A once useful tool for preserving the integrity of a document created in any software.

Now a confused, bloated, nagware filled piece of shite.

TommyDGNR8 - 20 Oct 2021 11:42:57 (#14 of 89)

I still mourn the loss of Lifescape/Google's Picasa, with its easy editing interface and seamless link to online storage.

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?

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