This is why a program manual is a necessity for me.
In the past few years, I have noticed that fewer and fewer program manufacturers give the customer an actual printed manual. The trend has moved to online manuals and tutorials.
But now, some of the manufacturers are not even doing that!!!
They have a new scheme. Forcing the customers to muddle their way through and figure it out for themselves, or even worse, forcing them to resort to buying a printed manual.
This is a great scheme folks. These people are laughing all the way to the bank, I tell you!
Yesterday, I broke down and bought Microsoft Office Publisher 2007.
Yea me! Lucky me! Just think of all the neat stuff I can do now!
Well, yes, if I knew how. Publisher does not have an online manual included with the program. They do have a few online tutorials, but heck, there's nothing like a hard copy manual with an index.
So, I went to Amazon and looked to see if they had a "For Dummies" for Publisher. Yes, they do:
$16.49 brand new.
But, ah ha - look what else they have for $16.49:
So, here's the missing manual!
Microsoft is smart. They see the Dummies folks making money on the manual writing business. So, they figured they'd compete.
They now have a Microsoft Press, and it publishes the Step by Step series for all of its products!!!
Microsoft - you suck.
You know what I'm going to do?
I'm going to let everyone I know put the software I bought on their computer.
Heck, I might even sell it for a nice discounted price :)
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Okay readers. I'm off to Amazon to buy the Dummies manual. I refuse on principle to buy any manual from Microsoft Press.
I'll put my new Publisher manual on my bookshelf next to this one: