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Jacci Howard Bear

Old Software: When to Hang On, When to Let Go

By February 7, 2013

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When do you finally give up on the software you've loved and used for years and make the switch to a newer version (if available) or something else entirely? In response to an earlier post about Ventura (Anyone Still Using Corel Ventura), reader S.K. Eptic writes:

"I have worked on a variety of page layout program over the last twenty years - Pagemaker, Quark Xpress, Adobe InDesign, and a number of far less recognisable software titles - but I rue the days I have to deal with Corel Ventura.

Point is, those above who love it have been using it since it arose, and like a skilled aircraft pilot trained to fly a specific type of aircraft, they will not give up on it, despite the fact it is not bound to be updated, and support for it is almost nil. It may be an excellent program for them, but for someone new to the graphic design field, it is a poor, and expensive choice at best."

"Those who dismiss InDesign or Quark as inferior products either have not bothered to delve deeper into the awesome potential of those programs, or are so entrenched in their ways they cannot conceive of doing something different.

Until Corel decides to update this program to work properly on Windows 7, I would consider it one of those great programs of the past whose time is all but gone, much like the Compugraphic machines of old."

Reader responses to Top Reasons to Upgrade or Not Upgrade Your Desktop Publishing Software include many variations on "I can't afford to upgrade." What's your take? How do you decide that it's finally time to upgrade (no matter what program you're using)?

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