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RE: COMP: Software Wish List

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Visual Analysis (from Integrated Engineering Software) allows saving
reports as  ordinary unformatted text (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf),
or Comma-delimited files (.csv).  The first two are readable by word
processors, the last should be readable by many spreadsheets.  The user
can create customized report styles and save for future use as
templates, and play with fonts and column widths, within VA.  For more
info go to

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> From: 	Bill Allen, S.E.[SMTP:Bill(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: 	Tuesday, July 28, 1998 9:36 AM
> To: 	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: 	COMP: Software Wish List
> I guess one of my issues with software is that of the output. Some
> vendors
> do it better than others (few do it great) and I would love to have
> the
> capability of customizing the output.
> My question to software vendors is:
> Would it be too difficult to use Office Automation for output such
> that the
> output is created in Word Pad which everyone but Roger Turk has? The
> software could ship with a template and the user, if he/she so
> chooses, can
> customize the template to their liking? Of course MS Word would be
> better,
> but versioning would be a pain. Crystal Reports would be cool, too.
> This
> way, I could make the headers and footers for all of my output look
> the
> same, change the fonts, you know, fiddle with it.
> Another way would be to provide the output in .txt format (or, an
> optional
> export to .txt format). Maybe the software vendor could charge extra
> for an
> import template in MS Word, Wordperfect, etc.
> Thoughts from vendors would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Bill Allen