Quickbooks is crap: Reason #64


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Guest

Why the hell did they have to make very small date field sizes in most
of the dialog windows so that the date value is not all visible in
1280x1024 resolution with normal size fonts?

If the Windows date setting is mm/dd/yy, they all show as 01/04/2...
and 11/01/2..., etc. A user has to click in the field and some times
open up the whole date selection little window to see the full date in
the field.

And if they are so adamant in using Windows date and font size
settings, why the hell don't they let a user change the font size in
the help window with a control-scroll since their apparent wisdom made
them take the menu option out?

Do you think they can test run a program in the pc-slave-farms in
India where they have offloaded all the QB development? Probably
they're too busy sniffing shoe glue over there.

Where are the Intuit cheerleaders?

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Allan Martin

Why the hell did they have to make very small date field sizes in most
of the dialog windows so that the date value is not all visible in
1280x1024 resolution with normal size fonts?
Get a better monitor. Then again why would you run the program at such a
high resolution, do you have a 21 inch screen?
If the Windows date setting is mm/dd/yy, they all show as 01/04/2...
and 11/01/2..., etc. A user has to click in the field and some times
open up the whole date selection little window to see the full date in
the field.
The full date displays mm/dd/yyyy when you exit the field.
And if they are so adamant in using Windows date and font size
settings, why the hell don't they let a user change the font size in
the help window with a control-scroll since their apparent wisdom made
them take the menu option out?
Name another accounting application on the market today that has this
function.

Do you think they can test run a program in the pc-slave-farms in
India where they have offloaded all the QB development? Probably
they're too busy sniffing shoe glue over there.

Where are the Intuit cheerleaders?

Give me an I, give me an N give me an .........
 
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Guest

Allan Martin said:
Get a better monitor.
Whot?

Then again why would you run the program at such a
high resolution, do you have a 21 inch screen?
Amazing. I have to justify why I use a high resolution? I like a lot
of pixels! I bet they don't have that many pixels in the India slums
where they 'develop' Quickbooks, do they?

The full date displays mm/dd/yyyy when you exit the field.
It doesn't display the whole yyyy. It displays mm/dd/y.... The way
around it is to turn off always displaying 4 digits for the year, but
that's not a solution, it's a semi-acceptable patch for the stupidity
that is QB Development.

Name another accounting application on the market today that has this
function.
This is where you show that you don't know what you're talking about.
The issue of allowing the user to change the font size of a help
window has nothing to do with what type of application the help window
is for.

And it's not that this was a new function or something. It was there
at some point! but they took it out on purpose!

The fact is that QB is run by ignorant idiots. The possibility that
many other accounting or financial software may or may not do the same
thing has nothing to do with the fact that QB is run by ignorant
idiots.

And to give you a tenth of half of a point, Master Builder (their
other major multi $$ crapola - they didn't write it, I know) doesn't
even have a check register! Does that mean that QB can't be an
accounting application?

Give me an I, give me an N give me an .........
At least you're not the Block guy who was spewing corporate-speak
drivel 24/7. You'll like reason #65... coming up later... :)

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Allan Martin

Amazing. I have to justify why I use a high resolution? I like a lot
of pixels! I bet they don't have that many pixels in the India slums
where they 'develop' Quickbooks, do they?



It doesn't display the whole yyyy. It displays mm/dd/y.... The way
around it is to turn off always displaying 4 digits for the year, but
that's not a solution, it's a semi-acceptable patch for the stupidity
that is QB Development.
If you use the standard windows theme the screens look just fine.

This is where you show that you don't know what you're talking about.
The issue of allowing the user to change the font size of a help
window has nothing to do with what type of application the help window
is for.
Helpis a windows application not an Intuit application.

And it's not that this was a new function or something. It was there
at some point! but they took it out on purpose!

The fact is that QB is run by ignorant idiots. The possibility that
many other accounting or financial software may or may not do the same
thing has nothing to do with the fact that QB is run by ignorant
idiots.

And to give you a tenth of half of a point, Master Builder (their
other major multi $$ crapola - they didn't write it, I know) doesn't
even have a check register! Does that mean that QB can't be an
accounting application?



At least you're not the Block guy who was spewing corporate-speak
drivel 24/7. You'll like reason #65... coming up later... :)
I can hardly wait.
 
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John

This is more like reasons 64..70.

Why the hell did they have to make very small date field sizes in most
of the dialog windows so that the date value is not all visible in
1280x1024 resolution with normal size fonts?
If the Windows date setting is mm/dd/yy, they all show as 01/04/2...
and 11/01/2..., etc. A user has to click in the field and some times
open up the whole date selection little window to see the full date in
the field.
Works just fine for me. I've never seen QB do this, and I've seen it on
dozens of computers.
And if they are so adamant in using Windows date and font size
settings, why the hell don't they let a user change the font size in
the help window with a control-scroll since their apparent wisdom made
them take the menu option out?
There's never been an option to change the font size from within the QB
application, but it's always been possible to do so. To change the font QB
uses, edit the qbw.ini file in your QB folder, and add lines as shown:
[Fonts]
Fontsize=12
Font=Arial

....where your desired text font is spelled exactly as it appears in your
fonts control panel. 12 is a good place to start. 10 might make your dates
fit better. You can use either of the Font and Fontsize switches, or both.
It can be fun, if you're in a good mood. This changes many fonts in QB, not
all.
Do you think they can test run a program in the pc-slave-farms in
India where they have offloaded all the QB development? Probably
they're too busy sniffing shoe glue over there.
QB is developed in the high-rent district of Mountian View, CA.
 
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Guest

Allan Martin said:
Helpis a windows application not an Intuit application.
Yes and No. It is up to the app's developer to use Windows' help
system or not, or how much of if to implement in the app.

Meaning, I could include the whole Windows help system in my app but
choose to add an option to change the font size of the help window if
I wanted (a trivial feature to add).

By the way, when I control-scroll on a help window in QB that shows
bulleted text, the bullets change font size but not the text! Meaning,
the font change functionality is there in the default Windows help
system but it doesn't work in QB.

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Guest

There's never been an option to change the font size from within the QB
application, but it's always been possible to do so. To change the font QB
uses, edit the qbw.ini file in your QB folder, and add lines as shown:
[Fonts]
Fontsize=12
Font=Arial
Thanks for the great tip! I was afraid that by changing the font size
of the whole interface then I would have even more fields show
partially, but the field sizes have changed too! Meaning, I can now
see the full 10 character date of xx/xx/xxxx in all date fields.
Thanks again!

However, the help window still shows text in a very small size and a
control-scroll changes only the size of the bullets in bulleted text,
not the text itself!
QB is developed in the high-rent district of Mountian View, CA.
That's where the may be having all their meetings, but I still don't
want to believe that American trained programmers and developers have
made the conscious decision to have a user enter a bill by entering:
Vendor Name, Bill Date, Due Date, Amount Due, Terms, Ref No.

And that's the second major change of the bill window since version
2001. The rest of the UI and more imortantly the actual code has
suffered similarly.

I realize this is not like construction work, for example, where if
you do things the wrong way the whole house may fall on your head, but
such a disregard of a decent User Interface design should be cause of
immediate dismissal to whoever gave the OK to such ineptness.

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Giddiyup!

" bet they don't have that many pixels in the India slums where they
'develop' Quickbooks, do they?"

Don't know about QuickBooks but I bet if your thick skull was designed in
one of those "Indian Slums" you wouldn't be having any problems.
They are darn good at fine-tuning these things. You might want to give it a
shot!
 

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