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New "User's Guide for Macintosh" for 3.0?

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  • Subject: [mg7191] New "User's Guide for Macintosh" for 3.0?
  • From: siegman at (AES)
  • Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 01:11:27 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

   There was a handy spiral-bound "User's Guide for Macintosh" that came
with 2.0.  Lots of interface stuff has now changed in 3.0.  Is there -- or
will there be -- a new version of this for 3.0?

   [Comment:  I've upgraded three of my major working tools in recent weeks
-- Mathematic, Eudora and Newswatcher -- and every one of them has
significant interface changes: resuffled menus, changed (or vanished) menu
items, changed control key sequences, changed dialog boxes.  Interface
changes like these break well established working habits, and are really
destructive.  I guess there's a tradeoff between improvements and increased
functionality on the one hand and stability on the other; but when you use
multiple software tools and they keep "improving", the price can just get
too high.  (Imagine the crash rate if auto manufacturers keep moving around
the pedal positions and changing the functionality of major controls!)]

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