26 August 2010

Saving ‘Versions’ – with no thanks to Microsoft

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My requirements from word-processing software are pretty simple. I still reckon that the most amenable I’ve ever used was the ‘Word’ for Macs programme that I had on a Macintosh SE way back in the Dark Ages. I remember feeling impressed that it had been worth anybody’s time to come up with an invention that seemed so perfectly suited to the requirements of writers, students, and other characteristically unmoneyed types. Having transferred to PCs at a time when Apple seemed to be going nowhere (between the first Powerbooks and the G2s as I recall), I’ve since reconciled myself to ‘Word’ as it comes bundled up in Microsoft Office. I have done this despite the fact that my software nowadays seems to think, quite wrongly, that it knows who I am. Increasingly, it is convinced that I should be writing business letters, or corporate reports in which ‘bullet-points’ and tables feature prominently…

 The more recent versions of Office (2007 & 2010) have moved further in this direction by stripping out one of the tools that I have found most useful.  This is the ability to save sucessive ‘versions’ of a developing text in a single document, thereby allowing one to make changes while at the same time preserving the cancelled material in the same file.  Happily, I recently discovered that a small Seattle-based company named Edenic Software has produced a tool named Document.Versions, which restores this capability, and does so in a way that integrates into the Word tool bar very effectively.  It doesn’t cost much. It does what it says. It is simple to use and there’s a free trial. It is available here»

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