Punters to vote on TechWriter futurePublished: 4th Nov 2006, 22:24:31 | Permalink | Printable
I'm a coder, get me out of here [Updated]Future features of EasiWriter and TechWriter will be decided in a public poll, developer Martin Wuerthner revealed this week. ArtWorks and TechWriter coder Martin, pictured, told users of the popular word processing application family that they will be able to vote on the direction of future development. Just like housemates on Channel 4's hit reality show Big Brother are voted off by the masses, punters will be able to decide what features will go into the "next major release of EasiWriter and TechWriter".
As well as posting a list of potential features, he also called for users to suggest other major bullet point additions for the software. But he ruled out PDF import, support for Microsoft Office's new 'Open XML' format, and multi-stage undo.
Explaining the difference between a major and a minor feature, Martin told users: "Imagine the headline of the press release: 'EasiWriter 8.7 does X'. Anything that works in place of X is a major feature. 'EasiWriter 8.7 allows the window size to be toggled to the document width instead of the screen width' does not quite work, but 'EasiWriter 8.7 offers automatic references' works."
The proposed features include improved headers and footers, the ability to watermark documents, a style selector dialogue box, automatically updating page and heading references, auto-numbering of figures, tables and equations, OpenOffice-compatible file export, Microsoft Word 2000 export, improved HTML export, a tree view of a document's structure, and the ability to mix landscape and portrait page layouts.
Update at 15:51 17/11/2006
The voting process has started - see this webpage for more information.
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