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Need America-born to criticize my soft-review

I will post the review to some pc-magazines (as some nice people here have suggested). My English is poor. As a engineer, I knew nothing how to sell. So if this review is disgusting, I apologize. Thanks in advance.

Note: the product name is replaced by the word "XXX"

//---------------------------------begin ---------------------------
1. Revolutionize The Way People Write
XXX will revolutionize the way people write. Thinking is the daily jobs of a professional (lawyer, surgeon, physician , developer). But as a professional, you do not have enough time to think. You have to collect the staff to be analyzed manually. After your analyzation, you have to write down your analyzation to let others understand your ideas.

Google comes. And it takes the jobs of searching, searching correctly and correctly. Now comes XXX. XXX will take all the jobs of typing, typing correctly and quickly.

2. What is XXX
XXX is an auto-typer which accelerates typing speed and avoids spelling errors. When you types part of word, XXX will list all possible words and you can choose one. XXX supports text-template. When you type a short-hand, it replaces short-hand with full template.

3. What Can XXX Do?
3.1. Auto Type
When you are typing, XXX lists all the possbile words. You can choose one from those words by pressing the hotkey only ONCE. You can also ignore those words and keep typing. XXX will NOT force you to type more if you ignore all the hints from XXX. There is one principle in the design of the XXX: elegant is humble. Elegant softwares always serve you , never bother you.

3.2. Text Template
You need learn nothing to use text-template because there is no difference between text-template and the words in XXX. If XXX guesses the possible word maybe is the short-hand (keyword) of a text-template, it will hint you by displaying the first part of text-template, you can ignore it or input text-template by hotkey.

3.3. Robot Learns Words, Not You
When you type, XXX's internal robots will automatically learn new words you are type. XXX can also learn new words from clipboard. It means you can make your own dictionary easily (just click a button).

3.4. Different and Elegant
Although XXX has many many features, its user interface is friendly. It's easy to use. The most complicated control it on its toolbar is button. You click a button and XXX finishes a job for you right now. It's also small. The whole program take only 143K memory.

3.5. Openess leads to Safty
Different from other sharewares authors, XXX's author open-source its dictionaries data format and the read/write-dictionary source codes. Thus its users will not take the risk of losing their dictionary data in the future.
//---------------------------------end  ----------------------------

redguardtoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

BTW:
my email is chb_sh AT yahoo DOT com DOT cn

redguardtoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

American born people tend not to work for free :(

Furious George
Monday, August 16, 2004

Thinking != typing

Sasha Do
Monday, August 16, 2004

I will add a comment (does Australian born qualify)?

I think your article does not flow very well. Each section seems like a lot of little points. I feel like I am reading an essay written by a primary school student.

I do realise English is not your native tongue, I am not intending to critisise harshly, only honestly as I believe this is what you are wanting.

If you are only wanting such a small article I would suggest making friends with an English-born speaker (offer them a couple of free licenses to your software), and have them write you a review. I am sure they could read your review and understand what points you are wanting to get across. Have them write the review in a way that appeals to the audience rather then turns them off because the English feels too jittery.

Aussie chick
Monday, August 16, 2004

Oh come off of it, George.  You need to be paid to offer some brief critique on a piece of writing?  You're definitely a consultant, no doubt about it.

to the OP:  Like AC says, this flows badly.  It's very halting and jarring and there are frequent grammatical errors.  I'd get a native speaker to help you refine the language before you submit this anywhere for publication.

muppet
Monday, August 16, 2004

In addition to the flow there are also a few spelling errors.  Since I am a horrible speller and I even noticed them others will sure notice more.

One suggestion, use a word processeor that automatically highlights spelling errors and grammatical problems.  It will not catch all the errors but it will help catch the obvious.

Bill Rushmore
Monday, August 16, 2004

"Oh come off of it, George.  You need to be paid to offer some brief critique on a piece of writing?  You're definitely a consultant, no doubt about it."

I'm neither a consultant, nor American in any way!  I'm was making generalisations about Americans, not myself.

(I know I've arrived, now I've had the 'muppet treatment'!)

Furious George
Monday, August 16, 2004

"generalisations about Americans"

Whew, I thought we Americans were the only arrogant SOBs who made gross prejudical assumptions about others. Now I know *everybody* from FG's country does too. :)

xxx
Monday, August 16, 2004

I was taught that verbs describing state/non-action/situation (they are called "stative") cannot normally be used with continuous tenses.  So I wonder whether "you are wanting" is a correct usage?

Kobi
Monday, August 16, 2004

</Troll>

I especially like the idea that being born in America qualifies you as an expert in the English language. Even Americans don't think that.

WoodenTongue
Monday, August 16, 2004

XXX is not a good name for a product.  May be confused with Porn.

Maytag Repairman
Monday, August 16, 2004

Cassandra's usage of "if you are wanting" reminded me of one of the Indian poets and his epigrammatic Obituary, that I read many years back, wherein he rebukes in a baker's dozen of satire, the inappropriate tritism of gerunds in the Indian Variant English. I don't quite remember the poet's name, it was some Izkel or something. Nassim Iskel? Nah!

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Monday, August 16, 2004

Mr Red Guard, what you're trying to do is not a review, but a promotion. (A review is done by a nominally independent person.) You could hire a PR writer to do what you want.

However I have a feeling that before that you should hire a software developer, because your product sounds like rubbish.

The truth
Monday, August 16, 2004

Sounds like XXX == OpenOffice

UT2004 Fan
Monday, August 16, 2004

Stop writing "soft" and "softwares" already! Sheesh!

sid
Monday, August 16, 2004

You claim: "1. Revolutionize The Way People Write...as a professional, you do not have enough time to think...Now comes XXX. XXX will take all the jobs of typing, typing correctly and quickly."

Uhh, this may sound obvious, but why not use XXX to write your article?

Jordan Lev
Monday, August 16, 2004

It sounds like someone has reinvented AutoComplete and wants to sell it to a bunch of people who already have it.  Is this really a product you're hoping to sell, or is this an assignment in your English as a Second Language class?

muppet
Monday, August 16, 2004

Your passage contains a treasure trove of grammar follies.  If you can understand the previous sentence, you might be ready to rewrite your review.

devinmoore.com
Monday, August 16, 2004

muppet:
maybe I am not good at writing, but I am at least a qualified engineer.

As an engineer, I just want to develop something Different and Elegant. Someone said that my product is rubbish really hurt me.

I do not spend three years to release sort of intellisense or auto-complete.

my product:
http://www.d2ksoft.com/

redguardtoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

In my opinion, your product is rubbish.  Many people will have that same opinion.  You'd best learn to deal with that.

That said, I'm sure there's someone out there who will think your product is the single best thing anyone has ever written.  You need to find that person, and sell him lots of copies.  ;)

muppet
Monday, August 16, 2004

muppet:
although I am shocked on your comment. maybe you are right.

Could you tell me what's wrong about my product ?
I need your advice.

redguardtoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

There are difference in Chinese and American culture, you know.

When I tell Chinese my product is just an IME for developers. Chinese developers say , "great , I want to have it"

Americans will say " what is IME (Input Method Editor)?"

redguardtoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

You're offering a product that does what everybody's IDE already does for them.  Why are they going to buy this above and beyond their development environment?  Why am I beginning to suspect that this is an elaborate troll?

muppet
Monday, August 16, 2004

Nevermind the fact that nobody with any sense is going to buy Chinese software.

muppet
Monday, August 16, 2004

muppet:
Yes, this is key point. I am always worrying how to differ my product from other auto-complete software.

I should tell westerners my product is an IME (input method editor, Microsoft invented this kind of software and sells IMEs ONLY in East Asia). but I am afraid no one would understand IME if I had done so.

If I said my product is another auto-complete software, then maybe westerners will think it is no different from other products. Some nice guys here suggest me to use second market strategy.

In fact, it is different from other auto-complete softwares, I promise.
Maybe you can have a try?

As for the product's quality, I can prove its good quality  by showing you the source (can be downloaded at http://www.d2ksoft.com/flashime_download.htm), I use the daily-build script to build everything. I test my program with keyboard robot.

I admit in China, we lack good generic-desktop softwares because everybody uses cracked software. thus good developers have to stay in telcom companies, in mobile-phone companies. If you have little chance to meet those good Chinese programmers, it does not mean there are no good developers in China.

redguardtoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

Reading pigeon English from offshore software developers burns me out.

Either develop a software culture in your native tongue, or learn and use reasonably understandable written English.


Tuesday, August 17, 2004

>>Reading pigeon English from offshore software developers >>burns me out.

>>Either develop a software culture in your native tongue, or >>learn and use reasonably understandable written English.

and the correct use of the word "pidgen" to talk about incorrect english usage... :-)

Tom
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

redguardtoo - sounds to me like you are trying to develop your software the right way (whatever "right" means in s/w development circles this week ;-) Good luck with your product.


Tuesday, August 17, 2004

> http://www.d2ksoft.com/

Complaints just from looking at the screenshot:

1) In the first screenshot, items aren't sorted in any way that I recognise: for example they aren't sorted alphabetically... "#define" should be the first entry

2) In the first screenshot, "#if" is missing

3) In the first screenshot, the tip says "*Ctrl+1...9*" even though there are only 5 entries to choose from

4) In the second screenshot, you're using a bad dictionary ... what dictionary has four words begining with "polyvinyl" and no words between "positively" and "polyvinyl"? And again, no alphabetical sorting.

5) In the second screenshot, why isn't there a "p" in the Notepad input area?

6) Why is the floating toolbar titled "Main Menu"?

7) How do I scroll to the next page of 10608 possibilities?

Apart from the screenshots, the first sentence of the text contains at least two and perhaps three errors:

* "Quickly" and "Correctly" should not be capitalised
* There should be a space after the full stop.
* The language is understandable but stilted ... perhaps "enter" or "type" would be better than "input".

Other, more general complaints:

* Poor English throughout
* Aimed at programmers ("surgents and physician" don't care about it's being Open Source)
* "Strongly recommend all users upgrade to this version" tells me that if I were a current user I would be using an inferior version and needing to upgrade
* "If you know what Jerry Maguire said ..." I don't. Jerry Maguire  is some kind of movie, but I haven't watched it ... and I'm not going to go to the trouble of watching it just to know what D2KSoft does and will do.

Sorry
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

> Reading pigeon English
>> and the correct use of the word "pidgen" to talk about incorrect english usage... :-)

I am not a native speaker of English. Nevertheless I know the word is
Pidgin. Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin .

.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Hi, sorry:
Thank your for you advice. I can explain it all. Please try it.
I promise it is far more better than other auto-complete softwares.

>>1) In the first screenshot, items aren't sorted in any way >>that I recognise: for example they aren't sorted >>alphabetically... "#define" should be the first entry
You are very careful. This is actually a feature intead of a bug. By default, the words are displayed in dictionary order.
But there is another rule to display words, the more often you use a word, it will be display more in the front.

>>2) In the first screenshot, "#if" is missing
This is another key feature, three-character-word will not be displayed, but you can change the configuration to display three-charater-word (or even one-character-word).

Maybe you have noticed in many auto-complete softwares, "#define" is not a keyword. In my program, you can configure to make "#define" a keyword if you make "#" a word-character. If you like, you can configure "/user/public/bin" as a keyword by making "/" a word character.

BTW:
"#define", "#ifdef","#endif" is not hardcoded into the dictionary, FlashIME will learn new words either automatically from your typing or from clipboard
3) In the first screenshot, the tip says "*Ctrl+1...9*" even though there are only 5 entries to choose from

>>4) In the second screenshot, you're using a bad >>dictionary ... what dictionary has four words begining >>with "polyvinyl" and no words between "positively" >>and "polyvinyl"? And again, no alphabetical sorting.
polyvinyl is a medical term.


>>5) In the second screenshot, why isn't there a "p" in the >>Notepad input area?
This is a very important feature. Thus FlashIME (my product) can works in any program (not ony an editor).
For example, it works well on windows Xterm (As a linux C programmer, I use windows+xterm+samba to develop program) .

Unlike some auto-complete softwares, when I promise my product does work on any programs, I have a test at first (Word, Excel, VS2003, VS6, UltraEdit, Total Command, Xterm, RealPlayer... etc)

>>6) Why is the floating toolbar titled "Main Menu"?
Sorry, I just do not know how to name it

>>7) How do I scroll to the next page of 10608 possibilities?
PageDown, PageUp, UP,Down and many other hotkeys (there is a "keyboard" menu )


>>Apart from the screenshots, the first sentence of the >>text contains at least two and perhaps three errors:

>>* "Quickly" and "Correctly" should not be capitalised
>>* There should be a space after the full stop.
>>The language is understandable but stilted ... >>rhaps "enter" or "type" would be better than "input".
I will fix them.


>>her, more general complaints:

>>Poor English throughout
>>Aimed at programmers ("surgents and physician" don't >>re about it's being Open Source)
>>"Strongly recommend all users upgrade to this version" >>lls me that if I were a current user I would be using an >>ferior version and needing to upgrade
>>If you know what Jerry Maguire said ..." I don't. Jerry >>guire  is some kind of movie, but I haven't watched it ... >>d I'm not going to go to the trouble of watching it just to >>kow what D2KSoft does and will do.
I am an unqualified salesman:(

I will change my home page to make everything better.
Thank you, sorry!

redguardtoo
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

You might want to take a look at www.activewords.com to see how they sell their similar product. Also www.smartcell.com who sell TextPlus, which is an equivalent program for Palm OS.

My advice: Concentrate on making it appealing to other professionals not programmers.

Good luck.

_
Wednesday, August 18, 2004

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