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And Microsoft screws me again…

August 29, 2010

This time they have removed the ability to record macros in PowerPoint 2007.  They have a support page entitled “What happened to the macro recorder?” but don’t give any answer to that specific question!!!!  (And their advice to work around this little inconvenience–learn Visual Basic.)

I am more than willing to give a software company the benefit of the doubt when it comes to certain design elements.  Engineering software is a complex endeavor.  I tried to write a simple iPhone app recently–waaaaayy more complex than you can imagine.  Therefore, I believe that if a design element is missing or was removed, then it was for a good reason.*  The best thing to do in such a situation–especially if you’re removing a design element that is standard on EVERY OTHER piece of software you produce–is simply explain why it went away…ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A SUPPORT PAGE ON YOUR OWN WEBSITE THAT’S ENTITLED “What happened to Design Element X?”

Microsoft, you continually give me headaches.  Where’s the tylenol?!?!

*But that doesn’t mean I won’t complain about it or try to push other companies to fix the design flaw.

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