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Time Managent is not my strong suit

Downloaded 30 day trials for two pieces of software I was looking to purchase (1, and 2). Each is in the $200 range, so I figure I could afford one or the other right now. But as I started poking around, I realized I could reverse-engineer them and program something myself with the exact same functionality in less than a day. So, now I'm debating whether it's worth my time to do that.

On the plus side, it would be easier to add in any features the original programmers may have overlooked. And I'd have significant bragging rights if I were to actually sell a project developed in my own custom application.

But I could never ethically distribute the tools, whether free or for profit. And it's not like I have any shortage of things to do with my time.

So, I'm thinking it's not going to happen.

Next question:
Can I bring myself to spend close to a week's wages in the interest of avoiding a day's pointless labor?

Probably not.

Or, could I just live without these programs, like a normal person?



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Aug. 11th, 2002 03:00 pm (UTC)
Why not....
What about Final Draft 6 instead of AV?
Aug. 11th, 2002 11:13 pm (UTC)
good question
I was given to understand that AV was like a spinoff, containing functions that should be offered in 5 or 6, but are instead sold as a seperate product. Specifically, it's the linked two-column layout that I'm after. Like an all-text storyboard. Very useful for a number of projects.

I'm not pleased with it's formatting options within that, however. The standard appears to be all caps on every element, which makes it difficult to tell one element from the next, and more importantly, makes all of them harder to read. I mean, I understand that it's important to follow standards, but couldn't I at least work in my own view and switch templates at publication time?


If you've used 6, and can tell me this feature's in there, I'd give that a shot. It'd be much more flexible in terms of letting me design my own templates, anyway.

But I'll be thinking about what all I need all this software to do, and it might end up making more sense to program it myself, just so I'm only working in one program.

For the moment, though, I'm just going to use index cards, and draw a line down the middle. Minimal effort, maximum portability...
Aug. 11th, 2002 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: good question
Remember... as far as formatting options go, everything within Final Draft is customizable. You can create your own templates, your own layouts, etc.... I have been using FD for a number of years now, and from everything else I have, it is the easiest to use, with multiple capabilities (and the new options introduced in 6).

You can always just download the DEMO, and if you need help (sorry, that was a reflex type, ignore that), try things out. But you don't need to worry about the CAPS and whatnot, like I said.
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