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- Subject: RE: COMP: Software Wish List
- From: "Dennis Wish" <wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com>
- Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 22:17:33 -0700
Most softwares print to the default Windows printer. You can install virtually any type of printer that you want and direct the programs output to that printer. The advantage is that you can create a printer than defaults to a text file rather than send the output to an lpt port. Here is something I use when working from a laptop and not having a printer always at hand: I use an expensive program like Visioneers Paperport or Presto's comparable products - each for around $50.00. These program search your hard drive for installed programs such as your word processor, graphics program, OCR, scanner and printers. Virtually any software on your hard drive that allow direct importation of the text file or by use of ODBC (Object embedment). I set the system printer to Paperport and accumulate all of my analysis printouts to Paperports proprietary format. Once it it within Paperport I can organize it, stack it into groups, create folders for projects and store the analysis and drawings, or direct the output to any other program for editing. For most of the printout that comes from Enercalc, for example, I can export it out to an OCR program for conversion to a text file if I don't wish to play with an easier Object embedding method. What it boils down to is that there are ways to manipulate your package so that you can create an editable book of calc's. I haven't tried Microsoft's Binder but this appears to allow you to bind various differnet formats into one booklet for storage and editing. Mind you, I have not tried all of these methods and would like to hear from others as to how to organize their work packages and how they edit the output from various programs. Dennis Wish PE -----Original Message----- From: Bill Allen, S.E. [mailto:Bill(--nospam--at)AllenDesigns.com] Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 1998 9:36 AM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org 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
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