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Bobinho Bobinho
  • WPF for Word Processor

    Interesting Andy.

    We want to build a word processor that is aimed specifically at academics. We all come from a Mac dev background but we think there is a real need for a credible alternative to Word on the Windows platform.

    If WPF and .NET can help us achieve our aims then so much the better. It seems very exciting, but is as yet unproven for the kind of work I'm talking about.

    We're getting a feel for all the different technologies on Windows so we're ruling nothing in or out at this stage.

  • WPF for Word Processor

    Alas, I share your cynicism. Wink

  • WPF for Word Processor

    Is WPF robust enough to allow me to build a full-featured* text engine on top of it? Or would I have to roll my own?

    * Incorporating footnotes, endnotes, flow document support across long documents, advanced formatting, etc.etc.

    Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.

  • Why Microsoft can't compete with Apple

    brian.shapiro wrote:
     well i wonder if i cringely even really fully knows about or understands microsofts media center strategy


    I'm not fully sure I do Brian. I mean I absolutely love the products, and they work beautifully together but remain unsure as to Microsoft's strategy in light of the You Tube and iTunes phenomena.

  • Why Microsoft can't compete with Apple

    Cringely has more of his mutterings as to what Apple is up to with their iTV initiative. For him, it is video conferencing on an Apple HD TV (with built-in iSight). He further speculates that Apple will remotely integrate iLife to the TV in your living room.

    But it is this paragraph jumped out at me (as both a Mac and media center/Xbox 360 user).

    "What has to be especially satisfying about this plan for Apple is that there is literally no response even possible from its greatest competitor -- Microsoft. The level of technical sophistication and application integration required to make this work is beyond Microsoft within the next year or five years from now. So where Windows Vista will bring a variety of older Apple OS features to the PC desktop, Apple's Leopard will go far past the desktop metaphor altogether and introduce friggin' TELEPORTATION."

    We know Cringely hates Microsoft. But is this a reasonable summation of the relative positions of the two companies or evidence of Cringely's unwitting self-parody? I'm not quite sure what to think. I suppose he could be right.

    What do niners think?

    http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20060922.html

  • Why Microsoft can't replace all the icons in Windows

    Nitz you are right. There are people in the community who care about this stuff. Are there are indeed people inside Redmond to whom it matters. But on the whole, it just isn't reflected in the quality of the products.

    I hope this will change in Vista. WPF/XAML is a huge step in the right direction  (and a big investment for MS) and I am currently reading through Petzold's WPF book whilst working on a font manager application for Vista. I am deeply impressed by the technology, but I fear that it will go largely ignored by Windows developers.

    We'll see.

  • Why Microsoft can't replace all the icons in Windows

    blowdart wrote:
    
    Bobinho wrote: The problem is that the Windows community couldn't care less about such "trivialities" as icon design. Here's the attitude... "I mean if the app works, it works. Who (apart from gays and women) cares what it looks like, right?" Things are VERY different in the dysfunctional Mac community. There are flame wars over icon design in Mac lal la land. Sure Mac zealots are noxious and Mac users can be unbearably smug (I am one) but they CARE about this stuff. It matters to them. It doesn't matter to Microsofties. Otherwise all the icons would be replaced. No excuses. There should be zero tolerance of Microsoft laziness. As that slimeball Steve Jobs once said, "Microsoft has absolutely no taste" He was right.


    But the fact that you get worked up, then descend into stupid sterotypes proves that you do care about such trivialities, thus negating your whole aguement.

    You are confusing the Windows "community" with the internal MS developers, or more likely the managers who overruled any sensible decision to replace them


    WTF are you talking about?

  • Why Microsoft can't replace all the icons in Windows

    The problem is that the Windows community couldn't care less about such "trivialities" as icon design. Here's the attitude... "I mean if the app works, it works. Who (apart from gays and women) cares what it looks like, right?" Things are VERY different in the dysfunctional Mac community. There are flame wars over icon design in Mac lal la land. Sure Mac zealots are noxious and Mac users can be unbearably smug (I am one) but they CARE about this stuff. It matters to them. It doesn't matter to Microsofties. Otherwise all the icons would be replaced. No excuses. There should be zero tolerance of Microsoft laziness. As that slimeball Steve Jobs once said, "Microsoft has absolutely no taste" He was right.

  • Why Microsoft can't replace all the icons in Windows

    A yes, I see the "it's good enough for your average Jill" policy is alive and well at Microsoft. Way to go MS. Remind me, how many billions upon billions of dollars do you have in the bank?

    A question. Why do Microsoft design their icons for children? Big bright primary colours are all well and good when designing for three year olds, or perhaps for sanitary towel ads, but not when targeting a broad adult audience.

    Say hello to Legoland at...

    http://www.rw-designer.com/browse-beta2-icons

  • Windows Vista Beta: Features vs Content

    jamie wrote:
    so... ive still got hope


    Jamie. It is the hope that kills you.Big Smile

    Nevertheless, I am with you. I still hope to see something better. I hope MS will pull a radically new UI out of the hat. Nothing would please me more.

    But they won't. Because Microsoft overpromises and underdelivers. To expect more is to brook disappointment.

    In other words we get the Exposé wannabee Flip3D (which confers no benefit of any kind to anybody) but we don't get WinFS.