The reason I'm amazed is that I can't be the first to notice that FSO has major shortcomings. Obviously Protel saw the need for it, so why have they stopped short?

I'm not quite as cynical. It's apparent that DXP was the result of truly integrating the various Protel products. A good thing in concept, but I imagine creating a good common interface is a bigger task than we all realize. It looks like Protel's answer was to mimic the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that programmers use on a daily basis. It also uses a query language which probably makes the Protel programers feel right at home.

I think it was short sited because most of what is do is graphical in nature, not text based, and most of us are not programers. The FSO panel was an attempt to make us non-programers more comfortable with DXP. The FSO is simply a mini front end for the query language. It not unlike the 99 style global edit dialog, and it's good as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. Please Protel, continue what you started with FSO and make it truly usable.

If Protel doesn't realize it yet, they need to understand that most layout designers are not comfortable with a text based front end for our CAD system (isn't that one of the reasons we abandoned DOS?). CAD is a graphical application and DXP needs a full GUI that doesn't force us to remember arcane commands and syntax. I to like the power of queries, but please don't force it on us.


At 11:42 PM 5/30/2004, Hamid wrote:
Jim Monroe wrote:

I am amazed that more than 2 years after DXP's debut its still lacking in such a way. [Regarding global edits]

Jim, I am amazed that you are amazed. Step back and see what kind of thinking went into making the change. Someone at a reasonably high level decided (or was convinced by those under him/her) that global edits are not really used and could be replaced by something "better." There may have been some hot internal discussions about it and the person won out. They had to put their credibility on the line to get the change. Maybe this was a new management person that needed to leave their mark on the product or someone that opened their mouth without thinking and could not admit that they hand not thought things through.

DXP hits the market and the new feature does not go over well. There is a lot of complaining from the users and they want the old way back. Those that were against the change are chucking and saying "I told you so." At that point, the individual that stuck their credibility on the line to gun for the change has two options: They can admit that they screwed up and put things back the way the were, or they can blame the user and the training and claim that everything else in the world needs to change because they are always right. Apparently that is what happened and the person essentially raised the stakes by sticking to their guns. That point forward, that person's position in the company is tied to the global edits not coming back. While this individual is at the company, there is no way that things will change.

If this statement based on any inside info at Altium? No. Do I know all of this to be the fact? No. Then how can I tell? Because after having dealt with many companies, both form the inside and the outside, I can recognize the symptoms of reality colliding with an over-inflated ego. I know of several companies, both big and small, public and private, that have pissed away anywhere from a few million dollars to hundreds of million of dollars because someone took a position and were not willing to admit that they were wrong. The higher up this person is, the harder it is to get rid of them and the greater the damage to the company. Can such an individual kill a product and kill a company? Yes, they can and I have seen it happen.


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