achim at ibex.ca
Thu Jun 20 11:09:31 EST 1996
> Achim Recktenwald wrote:
> previous post deleted
> > Since he is posting in bionet.software, I assume he's interested in software for bioscience.
> > In this area, except for molecular biology software, there is unfortunately almost nothing
> > available for the Mac.
> What area were you thinking of? What bioscience programs are you
> considering that exist only for the PC platform?
For example, enzyme kinetics. There exists UltraFit, but I think it's crap. Potentially very
powerful, but the most user-unfriendly program I've ever worked with, additionally it has some bugs.
I am running GraFit 3 on my office-Mac under Softwindows. Though it is a bit slow, it does what I
Another example, where I cannot find a suitable Mac-version, is GPMAW. It is a general protein/mass
analysis program. This I am running also under Softwindows.
> > Besides, I hate having to choose between Excel and nothing else, between Word and almost
> > nothing else. There are some bugs in the Mac-version of MS-office since almost two years. For
> > a similar bugs in the PC-version you have a fix in less than two to three weeks, even from MS.
> So MS don't fix bugs in programs for their main competitor platform!
> Well, what a surprise (heavy irony). Word6 for the Mac was a real sloth
> when it came out (maybe still is). Again, what a surprise!
Sorry, I might be a bit dense, but I do not quite understand you here.
MS is producing software for the Mac-platform. In some areas, like spreadsheets, it's the only
supplier of software for this OS. What do you want more, MS has a monopoly -- unfortunately.
And, yes, Word 6 for the Mac is awfully slow -- also unfortunately.
> As an earlier post had it, this is a subject that does not encourage
> objective responses.
I found this out myself very quickly, when I joined my company a few years back.
The Mac might be easier to use, but you pay ~2x as much as for the same power on an IBM-clone.
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