Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st May 2013 22:06 UTC
Features, Office "The first killer app was VisiCalc. This early spreadsheet turned the Apple II from a hobbyist toy to a business computer. VisiCalc came with room for improvement, though. In addition, a new architecture and operating system, the Intel-based IBM PC and MS-DOS, also needed a spreadsheet to be taken seriously. That spreadsheet, released in early 1983, would be Lotus 1-2-3, and it would change the world. It became the PC's killer app, and the world would never be the same. On May 14, IBM quietly announced the end of the road for 1-2-3, along with Lotus Organizer and the Lotus SmartSuite office suite. Lotus 1-2-3's day is done." Impressive 30 year run.
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RE[2]: Comment by judgen
by ricegf on Wed 22nd May 2013 12:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by judgen"
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

The fastest machine I ever owned was an old Compaq luggable with 2.5 meg RAM under DOS 3.3.

All of my applications, including WordPerfect 4.2, Lotus, and VPGraphics were loaded into a RAM disk (not like DOS could access that extra 1.8 meg directly!).

At the command prompt, I could type "wp letter[return]Dear John," without any pause, and WordPerfect wouldn't miss a single letter - it launched faster than I could type!

Today, I double-click the Word 2010 icon and wait almost 30 seconds for that lumbering sloth to drag itself off the disk and get ready to do something useful. And to save and exit, it's not "[F7]ny" - I click the File tab, which bizarrely takes over the entire screen with a complex control panel, find "Save As" which exits the control panel for the text editor again and then brings up a dialog box, and so on. Weirdness gets worse every release.

This is not progress.

Geesh, I sound just like my grandfather...

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RE[3]: Comment by judgen
by MOS6510 on Wed 22nd May 2013 12:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by judgen"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'm guessing you could hit alt + F4 (quit program) and it will then ask you to save and you can so by just hitting enter. It's how I quit 'n' save using Notepad.

But I think if users knew all the keyboard shortcuts they'd be much faster and efficient. It's annoying to watch people travel the entire screen with their mouse pointer trying to hit some button or bring focus somewhere.

I guess the mouse and GUI made it easier for people with little to no computer skills to use computers, but they almost never go beyond that. They never learn anything else, no keyboard shortcuts or more advanced options of the application.

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RE[4]: Comment by judgen
by ricegf on Wed 22nd May 2013 12:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by judgen"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Possibly, although since I didn't name the file as part of the launch, I still have to deal with dialogs to get out.

What's more annoying to me is that "discoverability" of efficient shortcuts is quickly fading. Whereas the original GUI usability specs seemed to always insist on identifying "shortcuts" next to menu items (e.g., ^X for Edit>Cut), the new touch interfaces go to the opposite extreme. I had my corporate iPad over a year before someone showed me that dragging 4 fingers (not 3, not 5) from the bottom would show me loaded apps. How the @#$ was I supposed to figure THAT out!

So it's a bit of a relief that my Fortune 50 company is moving to a more traditional SUSE Linux desktop where keyboard shortcuts aren't just allowed but encouraged. My productivity has really soared since automation returned to the office.

But I'm a dinosaur. We'll all be frantically waving our hands and shouting at our monitors in a few years, I'm certain. Guess I need the exercise anyway. ;-)

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RE[3]: Comment by judgen
by zima on Fri 24th May 2013 19:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by judgen"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

And to save and exit, it's not "[F7]ny" - I click the File tab, which bizarrely takes over the entire screen with a complex control panel, find "Save As" which exits the control panel for the text editor again and then brings up a dialog box, and so on. Weirdness gets worse every release.

ctrl+s stopped working under newer MS Office versions? (luckily(?), I really don't know, don't have a way to quickly check ;) )

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RE[4]: Comment by judgen
by ricegf on Sat 25th May 2013 00:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by judgen"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

I've never used any application where ^s executed a "save and exit". However, I also see no way in Office 10 to discover a key combination that does - though (ironically) I could google it, I suppose.

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