reading (Vista) manuals

Posted: February 10, 2007 in Computers and Internet
I have been fighting for the last hour to upload a "wow" photo to the Vista site, but server error keeps popping up. It was only the eagle picture (on this space) which is a shot that clinches modern London for me.
Try as I might I don’t seem to be able to understand why the complexities of windows have not been abandoned by Microsoft, we all know the majority of computer users will have no idea what to do with one line of code. Functionality does not seem to have risen above the mire of advanced software, why can’t they get it through their heads that simplicity of use is enjoyment and also productivity even for the private user. I was trained as a designer, to put usability first, a good example of software that got it right was Pagemaker authored by Abode which died away, despite being the visually best problem solver for desk-top publishing with an emphasis on Typography used by professionals but easy to use for the home user. For one reason, everything you designed, a letterhead or a complete book was visible on the page!
Even this blog I am typing without the typeface or paragraph format visible on screen, just the raw text as in the days of word processing, remember those?
Well I hope Microsoft Vista proves me wrong and its massive code enables the lightest of users to assemble on screen what they want to see when the accompanying software houses give up their offerings, listening Abode, because I don’t want to spend my life reading manuals!!!

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