2008-01-11 09:44:51 UTC
After giving RAD2007 a whirl for the past few weeks, I have *MAJOR*
gripes about the new help system.
1) It is TIED to MS' help framework. Can't you create your own
help system? (Why re-invent the wheel? Because, 1) you can.
2) The moment I click on help, it tries to contact an external
site. The first time it did that I went into the
properties/options and removed all references to MSDN (COME ON
CG! MSDN??!). Subsequent usage of help still tries to contact
an external site. Sure, I deny these accesses. But WHY is
it necessary for dexplorer.exe to phone out? I've already
removed all 'external sources' from the help properties. What
more am I missing?
3) It's SLOW as heck searching for items. The old winhelp
system? It was faster.
Unfortunately, now that MS has dumped winhelp.exe in favor of this
dexplorer.exe, I don't think I have a choice. But is it necessary
for CG to use MSHelp? (Rhetorical question, really. Seeing CG
has no option but to comply with the MS platform, what else can I do?)
This is a perfect example of taking a perfectly useful help system and
replacing it with a POS. The thing is, BDS2006 documentation
bit the bullet not because of any technological wizardry issues.
It's because the content, or lack thereof, was the problem. Now
changing the method of presenting the content doesn't establish better
content. Just a better way of viewing the content(or lack of).
Quite frankly, seeing BDS2006's help and RAD2007's help, the
only discernible difference I see is the layout. I have yet to
see any difference in the content.
That said, I am now updating my edition to the December update, but
am having some difficulties. (Should I be surprised here?) I
hope the update will prove to be an improvement. (Crosses fingers)