6 Replies Latest reply on Nov 29, 2010 10:11 AM by James Pare

    SWX Spell check is really Microsoft office

    James Pare

      We don't have microsoft office, therefore spell check & excel tables don't work for us

      Its time for SWX to put in their own independent spell check

      you shouldn't have to own another software to have a software perform spell check

      Its time for SWX to step up & provide its own spell checker, so we can avoid careless spelling mistakes on drawings

       

        • Re: SWX Spell check is really Microsoft office
          Deepak Gupta

          Yes can be a good idea. Did you raised any ER??

          • Re: SWX Spell check is really Microsoft office
            Kelvin Lamport

            SW is not the only software company (CAD or otherwise) to integrate Windows apps into their products.

             

            While I agree with the concept of SW being 'self-contained', we have to consider that developing all the "Office" capabilities could be time consuming and expensive. If a compatible open source application was integrated, who would provide support if it ceased to function, or if coding conflicts were discovered?

              • Re: SWX Spell check is really Microsoft office
                James Pare

                Okay

                but what happens to all the companies that can't afford to put microsoft office on all of their workstaitions?

                escpecially when there is freeware available today that is more then sufficient

                 

                we don't get spellcheck?

                AutoCad or many other software DO have their own spell check

                • Re: SWX Spell check is really Microsoft office
                  Peter De Vlieger

                  "If a compatible open source application was integrated, who would provide support if it ceased to function, or if coding conflicts were discovered?...."

                   

                  Good question !

                   

                  Small detail, who actual provides help now if it would, and does, cease to function, or if coding conflicts are discovered?

                   

                  SW?

                  Perhaps but how quickly ? Would it take weeks or months before it would be corrected, it certainly wouldn't be days unless it is such a show stopper that it would be utterly embarrasing for them not to have it fixed asap. Otherwise it will be just added to the myriad of SPR's.

                   

                  MS ?

                  Let's be honest, unless you are a major player in the top 10 of the Fortune 500 company you are just a number.

                  Look at it this way. How long does it take to close down a security bug in MS Explorer and how long does it take to close that same bug in the Opensource Firefox?

                   

                  Which would indicate that actual timely support and aid shouldn't be viewed as the domain of commercial software.

                   

                  Another way to look at it would be that SW is relying so much on MS coding that it leaves them open for all the problems, clutter and bugs that are inherent in MS coding.

                   

                  Also don't forget that the 2010 version of SW is the last that is supported for MS Office 2003. In other words, if you have SW '11 and you have a problem with spellchecking or excel tables then you can either upgrade you office or just deal with it because SW won't help you. How long will it take before there will be a SW version  that won't work at all anymore with Office 2003?