Microsoft Office, Windows…OK, Everything, and ActiveWords


Back in February, I heard about href="http://www.activewords.com">ActiveWords from my friend, href="http://blogs.officezealot.com/chris">Chris Kunicki. I
communicated briefly in email with the two braintrusts behind this product, and
they encouraged me to give it a try. I have intended to do so for nearly 7
months, but I could not whittle down my inbox enough to get the time.


Well, as you know, I have my inbox down to a manageable number of messages (I
report on it frequently here, and I am currently at 165). I finally installed
ActiveWords, and I am compelled to say here and now that this
is a truly innovative, useful, time-saving, and powerful product. Imagine typing
a small keyword at ANYTIME when in Windows to launch
Outlook and open up a new task. How about launching IE and
navigating to a special URL with only a couple of key strokes? Wouldn’t it be
nice to be able to do text substitutions in just a couple of keystrokes- not
just in Office (autotext feature does this, but not in quite
the same way as ActiveWords), but in any program? The
uses are endless, and I am already employing a dozen or so of them. I have only
had it installed since this morning.


It is truly rare for me to find a program whose addictive quality is matched
only by its usefulness. Plain and simple: I am saving time by using
this product
. The Outlook agent I installed is very polished, and
I am comfortable with it already. There is even a forum and some users sharing
ActiveWords scripts etc.


One of the things I really liked was how simple and straight-forward the
tutorial is that launches right after the installation. It took me 3 minutes,
and I was soon moving to advanced features. I am not wild about their help
documentation (I work for the part of Microsoft that does developer and user
documentation), but I get complaints about our documenation as well. I would
suggest some improvements to aspects of the program, but it is great product. I
encourage you to visit the href="http://office.microsoft.com/marketplace/portalpreview.aspx?AssetID=EM010777151033&CTT=1&Origin=EC790000701033&QueryID=63-6Td7T50&Query=activewords&Scope=EP%2cEM">Office
Marketplace  to learn more or
visit their Web site
.


 Second
Rock Thought for the day:
  The Hives album
Tyrannosaurus Hives” is true punk- plain and simple. I love
the title of the first track, “Abra Cadaver”. When I listen to these songs, I go
back 20 years to highschool. Punk was good then, and, when unadorned as this
Hives album is, it’s good now. This is the real thing.



Rock on


Comments (4)

  1. Marc Orchant says:

    John:

    I’m betting you will have a rockin’ good time finding all of the ways ActiveWords can automate and eliminate a lot of the drudgery of computing. Kudos to Chris for getting you to try it.

    –Marc

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