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Platinum not up to par

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6 Sep 2003 9:27 AM
I know that RHMoore has said it, and it is like a breath of fresh air... a company president who acts and talks like an end user.

Having downloaded it and given it a quick wirl, I can now go back to using my XCopy and Xpress with the knowledge that I am not missing much right now, and can look forward for the jan-march time frame for the polished platinum to hit the market.

What I like about platinum:

The graphic representation of how much compression it going on. This lets me know how much I am giving up if I compress everything verses a little bit less.

What I think can be improved:

The startup screen. HU?? You could put a little bit more in here. You have menus to the side and the middle is empty. I sat for several seconds waiting for the rest of it to load, on to realise this is it. It's not intuative as to what you are supposed to do. Finally I clicked a button. If you don't want to put any instuctions that change with a rollover, then put the menu in the middle.

If you click on the simple button it just seems to launch Xpress. Is this right? What if you want to copy onto multiple disks? I am to take it that Platinum isn't a replacement for XCopy. It looks that platinum is more of a front end than it's own program.

If you click on the advanced button then you get something different. A whole list of items without a clue as to what is what. I know from looking at other software (it's only fair to keep ontop) that you could have broken down these tracks into what is movie, menu and extra's

What would be really cool would be to intergrate the display/preview into the same screen. Right now you click on an item and don't have any clue as to what it is. You can preview it (if it would only work)

The look and feel it also so different. time will tell if it gets any better. I will still play, but I think my backup time will be with XCopy and Xpress for now.

21 Sep 2003 11:48 PM
I agree with you & others about the interface. I don't know what the hell I am doing with the Platinum version as the read-me file is that of Xpress (go figure). I don't trust the Platinum version because there are no instructions. I use the Platinum version if the DVD is less then 4.7gb (same as Xpress "Entire Disk") & use Xpress if over 4.7gb. I am like the masses that do not want to sacrafice quality for a few extras that I won't watch anyway. Hey 321, how do we use the Platinum version anyway???

1 Nov 2003 8:33 AM
My biggest problem, too, with Platinum. How do you use it? It doesn't do any good to add new features if there are no instructions on what they do. Like, what exactly are the Cel and in the middle of Chapter splits? Platinum is like Windows. :) It looks nice, but, it's so far just a face for other software, it appears. :>
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