Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

New Word Processor at Ohio Univ. Has What Old One Lacked: Reliability

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

New Word Processor at Ohio Univ. Has What Old One Lacked: Reliability

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New Word Processor at Ohio Univ. Has What Old One Lacked: Reliability

Lou Anschuetz is embarrassed by the question that's just been put to him. "I hadn't wanted to tell you about that," he stalls. "I was hoping you wouldn't ask. But...well, Ohio State had the same problem." He lowers his voice to almost a whisper: "It was buggy," he confides, referring to the word processing program that Youngstown State University used to offer on its campuswide network. "People were losing their documents, and it was traced back to the software. So," he abruptly concludes, voice returning to normal, "we bailed out of that as fast as we could."

Anschuetz, who works in the Computer Center as associate director for academic consulting, would much rather talk about the word processor currently available to the Ohio university's 15,000 students: PC-Write, from Quicksoft, Inc. of Seattle, Wash., was acquired in fall '87 after a highly motivated search. "We were looking for something fairly easy to use," Anschuetz says, "that had a dictionary for spell checkig, footnotes, indexing, headers, footers--the kind of stuff that you can't get from an inexpensive text editor."

Not that money was no object, he hastens to add. YSU's campus LAN comprises 300 or so IBM XT and Everex STEP 286/16 computers, and word processing packages that carried per-station costs were promptly eliminated from consideration. The Quicksoft product, which is marketed as shareware, could be acquired under a $500/year campus license. "PC-Write," Anschuetz says, "came along at the right time with all the right features. …

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