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nickw

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Okay, ….sigh!
Overall, when I open topics then I am left with a number of topics building up in the bottom of the program and have no way to clear them other than “clear all” – not very efficient.
When I open up Xmetal, I get all these topics popping up again – why? I don’t want to see them yet.
When I close a topic I am still left with the associated Map View remaining. This would be fine if there was any indication that you had that Map open but the Map View does not show you the title of the map.
Generally, there were some other points about the general layout but I’m not going to try and list them all.
Point 1 – Evaluation Guide
When you display a topic and then in the Resource Manager switch to “Switch to XML View of Map” your Resource Manager Map Editor view disappears. Bad enough but then, you have to hunt round the menus and no, not in View but in File, you find Switch to Map Editor. A totally illogical location for the control and I don’t see the point of closing the Map View anyway, plus Map View is/was an essential item that you don’t want to suddenly be removed. This I think is poor UI planning.
In the Evaluation Guide there is no mention of this happening – I spent a long boring time trying to work out what should have been intuitive. plus some of the menu titles have changed.
Point 2 – Evaluation Guide – Create a bookmap
You try to follow the instructions and create a bookmap – fine, now go on to step 3 – vague or what? Could not make sense of the instructions from then on and skipped trying after half an hour of guess work.
There’s no information on what you’re doing, what the fields are or which “precise” field to put information into – a very trying exercise.
Point 3 – Evaluation Guide Specify relationships between topics
Please…please, prove me wrong. You get that to work – dare you!
From step 3, just try to get the table to accept another row – you can’t, the table is the wrong type! Another hour wasted.
Point 4 – Evaluation Guide – Create an index entry
Err…what? What are you supposed to see (remember step 9 says don’t save the topic so you also don’t run a transform, so you also don’t see what the results are – apart from some code lumps in the page which tell you nothing very much.
Point 5 – Evaluation Guide – Insert a Cross-reference
No real problem here except that now you have to save the changes in the example in order to use the Page Preview mode – I don’t like that, it’s not a real preview if you have to save the changes, I want to see the changes and use or remove them if necessary – poor programming.
I also spent 45 minutes listening to someone stutter their way through a very poor product presentation. I am just fed up with having to fight my way through products which should sell themselves and think your company is not pulling its weight whether your product works well in the end or not. Certainly your documentatin could do with a brush -up.

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