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.
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.