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IMP beta - wish list


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Now that some of you have had time to try creating your own presentation you'll have discovered gaps in the functionality - things you wish were there, but aren't.

We've been asked to make suggestions about what kind of function and option additions you might like to see in the finished version. I doubt that the developers will include everything, but they have indicated that they'll be very interested in having your suggestions, so....

What's on your wish-list?

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scarecrow-bill

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Have only been able to download from link provided TODAY, Thought it may have been closd by now but appears not.
Looking forward to having a play around.

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Forum Editor

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Too cruel? Not a bit of it. Any company that offers a beta to a testing panel does so because it wants 'warts and all' feedback; that's the whole idea behind beta tests.

Some software will come virtually ready for the shops, and some will come full of bugs - there's no predictability about it. Software developers get very close to a project, and for that reason they'll often miss something that stares a beta tester in the face.

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johndrew

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I am aware of the reasons for beta testing even though this is the first time I have ever done any. My point was that having tried it and felt unhappy, I had slept on it and tried again with the past experience at the back of my mind, better knowledge of the manner in which the software worked and a `fresh` start in terms of slides. Unfortunately even with a `clean slate` approach the software disenchanted me and left me feeling much the same as previously; perhaps this was to be expected, but I did try with an open mind and with both the experience of others and my own.

I sincerely hope the developers do make a go of it as a lot of work (and money) has been invested in producing the current offering and it would be sad to see it wasted.

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Ventad

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5. That the close document should be
away from + and X

6. A text box should be allowed to be placed on each slide without being duplicated on each slide

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Ventad

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1. That the image library be dropped or that you can import more than just one picture at a time.

2 That if the library be kept then if you need to close down the photos are also saved in the library.

3. Even though saved the photos do disapear from the photo show , needs to be sorted.

4.Sound/music on the time line

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bjh

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Since I've already added quite a few wishes, I'll add a more general one... to have a shufti at a beta 2 release, please?

I think a fairly large number of the comments above were bound to be ironed out in the next few weeks; we've probably just speeded up the "oh.. whoops" stage that all software goes through.

I'd find it easier to really proffer a personal opinion on a slightly later version of this product, so, gizza 'nother go in a couple of months...

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Quickbeam

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I don't know about the rest, but I feel better for you saying that. I've never tested an early software release, so I take it we're not being too cruel then:)

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Forum Editor

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The whole idea of beta testing is to reveal faults. I've tested some early betas of software from Microsoft that have hardly been usable.

No doubt IMP will get a lot more work, and there will be later beta versions, but we have to test what we're asked to test.

Personally I think you've all made a pretty good job of this, and if it was my software on test I would be feeling that I had some real value out of the process. I know the developers feel that way too, because they told me today.

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johndrew

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Having tried the software again today with a fresh set of slides and a refreshed outlook I still find it very clunky in the interface and unfriendly in the locations of many of the tools/attributes besides being deficient in tools I consider essential.

Other than my previous `wishes` made above I only wish the software had been given a little more thought before it was released for beta testing. It may have elicited a better response than I feel I can offer.

Even if this is to be targetted at the lower end of the market or used to allow those (a bit like me) to gain knowledge of presentation production it really needs, in my opinion, a lot more work.

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"At the moment if you have a video runnning you can't even display a still picture in another box"

Yes you can - or at least I can. I have a sample presentation running with mixed video and static images on the same slide.

There's no doubt that IMP has some functionality issues, and some of them are pretty irritating, but to be honest all early beta software has them. This is not intended to be a Release Candidate - the developers wanted to know what people thought of the overall concept of working with a template-based application. They've told me that they're very grateful for all the feedback we've been providing, and they're already working on lots of the issues we've raised.

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