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Posted by kjxymzy
Mar 11, 2018 at 05:08 PM


Since we have a wide array of people using a wide array of software here, I wanted to ask if you use any of software in unorthodox/clever ways (or have cute examples of others doing so)? Unique use cases, exploitations of rarely used features etc etc

Some examples:
- Using Excel as an art/drawing tool => http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/12/tatsuo-horiuchi-excel-artist/
- Using Twitter as a type of personal note taking/thought capturing system => https://twitter.com/chumulu


Posted by Andy Brice
Mar 11, 2018 at 09:10 PM


When I worked writing Computer Aided manufacturing for circuit boards, one of my colleagues used the software to print his Xmas cards.

People use my Hyper Plan software for all sorts of things I never considered, such as visualizing share portfolios and planning novels.

Andy Brice


Posted by washere
Mar 11, 2018 at 09:55 PM


indeed, Hyper Plan can be used for a lot of things.

You can use a very odd username on forums and use them as your notebook and search forums via google for the username, specially in long dead threads. Some forums do not bring an old thread after a new post.

Also can setup a private account on instagram, refuse any followers, so only you see the account posts.
Post notes as text, links, pictures, video, audio (as video etc), etc, so becomes a personal multimedia server/diary notebook accessible from many OS platforms, from anywhere.


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Mar 12, 2018 at 02:35 AM


This is the second post today with an advert as part of a note.

I hope it is the last. They’re invasive, and IMHO inappropriate for this forum.



Posted by MadaboutDana
Mar 12, 2018 at 11:21 AM


Did you mean Andy’s post about HyperPlan, Daly? I don’t think that’s quite fair: Andy contributes a fair amount to the forum, and his contribution in this case produced an interesting reply from washere. Or were you talking about something else?

I think blatant, out-and-out advertising is irritating, but this forum attracts some really interesting stuff from independent developers (e.g. SheetPlanner) which we wouldn’t otherwise hear about. So it acts as a visibility-boosting platform for them, and a CRIMP-itching opportunity for us. And a useful feedback opportunity for the more switched-on developers as well (e.g. Pierre).

Don’t you agree?



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