Here is a quick list of my impressions of 123 for OS/2 after a few days of
First, it is annoying that this product will only load on a version that *
reports* itself as being later than the SP.... it will not start on the
beta in the 11/92 PDK.
The load time is incredibly long. On a 386/25 with 8 MB RAM, and no other
processes running, it takes over 10 seconds to get to a blank sheet after
clicking the 123 icon. This does not compare favorably to running QP 4.0
in a DOS box.
Using 800x600x256 ET4000 graphics, scrolling is not very fast. When you
drag the "elevator block" to scroll the sheet, the sheet does not scroll
until you release the mouse button. I would prefer to see the sheet move,
the way text moves in EPM (123 scrolling is like the system editor). I'm
willing to blame part of the speed on my combo of processor and graphics
mode, but not all of it. At least, when you're draggin the scroll bar, an
indicator appears to tell you what row or column you'll be in upon
releasing the mouse button.
Cell editing is not "drag-n-drop". It's easy to select a range using the
cursor, but then you have to either press keys for move or copy (/c and /m)
, or click on a "button-bar" icon for cut or copy. There's also a button
for paste. I have not yet investigated the possibility CUA editing
keystrokes... I'm hooked on the buttons.
The default main window menu is the 123 "classic" menu, with access by
either /-type keystrokes, or mousing around. A CUA-organized menu can be
substituted. This menu is modal.... picks can vary if you are using, for
example, the graphing tool.
There are too many functions and commands to review. I'm glad to find the
solver and matrix operations in this release, as I have grown used to
having them in Quattro.
The spreadsheet is truly 3-d, with a "stacked" perspective view available.
I think the Borland method may be better, as a magazine reviewer recently
wrote. File links are as easy to establish as in Quattro.
The graphics system is very good, compared with 123 v. 3.1 and Quattro Pro
4.0. It is very easy to move graphical elements around, add notes, change
colors, etc. A new plot format is ALMOST a polar plot, but unfortunately
isn't. Lotus retained their restriction of allowing only one set of X
coordinates, rather than letting you plot multiple sets of ordered pairs.
Since * allows the multiple sets, and that's on order, I'm not
worrying too much.
The user manual describes a method for creating OS/2 DLL's which contain
special user functions. With this available to everyone with a compiler,
I'm expecting some neat engineering add-ins (FFT's anyone?).
I'm basically happy with the spreadsheet, but wish it had a few more
Drag-n-drop editing of cell contents
Real Polar Plots
complex variable cells (if Lotus has heard of complex numbers!)
I hope the upgrade to release 2.1 is very cheap!
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