Brendan Rowland

Brendan Rowland

  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "Then came that stinking torrent of PC sewage known as Word 6 and they've been trying to clean up the mess ever since." I clearly remember a MacWorld review of Word 6. Most reviews attempt to be a bit even...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "Word 5.1a (with a bit of practice) was almost the perfect tool [...] Small, fast, powerful, fully featured." Dead right. If you deleted the grammar checker, 5.1a occupied little more than 1MB of disk space, which was a valuable...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "styles never *quite* work, even with rigorous discipline." In my experience, styles work 100% of the time, because that is how Word is built. But to make them work, you have to *enforce* rigour by locking the styles to...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "There are few things more satisfying than uninstalling the Microsoft Office suite from a computer." I know that feeling: * Your shoulders relax and tension disappears * You lean back in your chair and relax * Your hands slowy make...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "Tried; it loses all formatting and images (and that MS has a lot)." Have you looked at it in all views? I'm not on a Mac right now, so can't check its behaviour, but one of the "improvements" MS made...
  • Commented on Blatant Advertising
    "(No, Microsoft Word was not used in the creation of this work.)" Hallelujah! Hope springs eternal....
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "...a feature they then took out." Blimey! - that's unusual for Microsoft : The MS graveyard is bursting with corpses of formerly useful features. Don't get me started - it's far too depressing....
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "I may try some of the recommendations from this article." Actually, I can give you a recommendation. MS Word works exceptionally well - *if you use it correctly*, which is a big "if". Good luck finding out how to use...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "Has anyone actually ever found a use for the grammar checker?" It flags 2 spaces between words within a sentence (but not between sentences). But you can do an S+R for that anyway. The blue squiggly underlines are the ones...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "Word is a product for the masses of corporate and consumer users whose average document is 2 pages long. It does not aim to be a publisher's tool..." Yes, but this is not what MS salesmen tell customers, is it?...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    " I have the manuscript of a book I wrote in 1994-96 that is inaccessible in any version of word I've tried since 2002. (Written in Word 5.1a for System 7 (Mac). Inaccessible in anything recent on the Mac. I...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "This highlights exactly why Word is such a problem for collaboration: The protect document... > Limit styles feature isn't available in Word for Mac 2011." I don't have Word installed on the Mac in front of me (I hate Word,...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    MS Word becomes very easy to use and loses 99% of its annoyances if you do as suggested in post 111 - lock the styles. Users are then unable to apply manual overrides to the underlying styles. All manual formatting...
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