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Weekend Open Forum: Your most outdated software?

By Matthew ยท 85 replies
Apr 6, 2012
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  1. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,362   +67

    Wrote my resume on an old version of Wordperfect and never converted it to Office, altho I have Office. Haven't looked at in in a while, tho--needs updating. Another one I have is the game Myst which I have to do handstands to run since it officially runs on windows 95. Haven't run that one in a while, either.
  2. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Many thanks Per :) Im looking into those apps now, Im sure I'll adopt them if you have.
    Frontpage '03 is timeless for me as well. I used it from when I was 12 or 13 up til 18 months ago. Now that Im in the AF education is a higher priority than work on the side.
  3. Nero 7 burning rom, I dont bother installing anything else in the pack. It actually amassing how bad there software got, it can take like 2 minutes to open just about anything in there new versions on a core i7 computer and a solid state hard drive, whats up with that!

    As for the people that like old versions of office, i dont really understand that, 2010 is actually really good and a lot better then 2003 or 2007, at least in my opinion!
  4. I'll second CDisplay for reading digital comics on the laptop. I've tried others, including ComicRack, but nothing serves my needs better than CDisplay.
  5. I still use Visio Home 3 from my first Windows computer (Christmas 1995). It has a calendar add-in that is the most versatile I've ever seen, and after Microsoft bought Visio, they changed things and the calendar add-in won't work. Believe it or not, it still works just fine in Windows 7 (just has to use 8.3 DOS filenames)!
  6. JASC Paint shop pro v8.10, Corel Painter IX, Bryce 5.xx

    Also i use Win UAE (A Commodore Amiga Emulator) on Win UAE i have a Hard Disk image with amiweb broswer and also a library or two in LIBS to allow for .Mp3 and other various media formats via workbench the browser is solid enuf imho as i use it to browse sites that are harmful to modern operating systems and i have never had an infection so it is actually a form of protection funnily enough.

    More people should use something similiar then the virus writers would be stumped...
  7. blackcat77

    blackcat77 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    The racing sim Grand Prix Legends (1998) and Photoshop CS2 (2005). GPL still has a loyal following on the internet.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    The oldest piece of software I use is QIII-Arena .....I think it was released in 1999 (?).
  9. I still play a text-based DOS game called Enchanted Castle. I use DOSbox software to do this. Does that count?
  10. dualkelly

    dualkelly TS Enthusiast Posts: 27   +7


    I have an original cassette tape of zork... that worked with a TRS-80 before there were hard drives you had to plug in the cassette tape into a headphone jack and the volume had to be just right.
  11. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 594   +58

    Outdated software? Come again? You ask the unthinkable question because I absolutely have NO outdated software. It's sort of a problem with me. Plays in with my mild Over Compulsive personality. I must have the latest and greatest updates. Whether it does more bad than good, I just....have to.
  12. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    I relate to that technology dualkelly - I still have cassettes of "Flight Simulation" and "3D Monster maze" for my Sinclair ZX81. You turn it up until the warbling noise is just on the edge of distortion, but not beyond (and it still doesn't load half the time!)
  13. raybk

    raybk TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Some years ago, I found that most newer version of software are more bulky, space consuming, slower, packed with useless features/functions, bad interface, more bugs, etc.
    So, I gave up upgrading them.
  14. fida1989

    fida1989 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    "Classic" theme on "XP SP2" in both desktop and laptop.
  15. Macgyver56

    Macgyver56 TS Member Posts: 24   +6

    I'm still using Photo Studio 2000 because I have a need to do batch edits, and they eliminated that feature from later versions. Twelve years old, and still running just fine. :)

    I'm also a desktop wallpaper addict, so I continue to use Microsoft's Wallpaper Changer Toy, made for XP, on Windows 7. It has options that Win7's wallpaper changer does not have.
  16. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I had those moments with many applications including PSP! Wow, brings back memories. Sound Forge... and other apps that I felt was not broke and did not run on later versions of Windows... it is like the developers did it on purpose... (yes talking about you Sony and Adobe)... But you know, eventually, a newer version comes down the line that has a feature you want, and the developers revitalize the app by cutting out the fat.... well or i just find a replacement...

    I used to use Nero till one version messed up my video. After installing it all video would have a green tint. Uninstalling it did not correct the issue; why a burning software would interfere with my video decoding capabilities is beyond me. SO I dropped Nero and never looked back. Sometimes once bitten is enough.

    I still have kept the old copy... Why? i don?t have the slightest idea.

    Programming IDEs, you do need to keep that old version so you can get it to work later. If you have a case of nostalgia and want to migrate it over to another platform and still see it work... it is a lot more helpful for old forgotten projects to reacquaint yourself with code.
  17. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Outdated software for me means the video games that I played at LANs with friends in high school, and still crack out from time to time. Rune, Empire Earth, Midnight Club, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down, Command and Conquer--all the oldies but goodies. I think the oldest program that I used was probably DVD decrypter/DVD shrink, back from around 2005. Unfortunately, once I installed Win7 a year ago, I never got it working again :(
  18. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 287   +10

    I've yet to upgrade my trusty Adobe CS3 suite.
  19. midnight commander for my macbook air in case i need to boot into command line mode
  20. jediYL

    jediYL TS Rookie

    Of course some programs update themselves, or offer you the opportunity. As soon as you open your browser, all your softwares line up for the chance to become new creations through the magical wizard of installment. Little do they realize the intemperate state of mind we users possess when we are the butt of humour.
    My latest laugh is fairly minor: the YouTube Downloader gave way to the YouTube Downloader & Converter - no biggie; but the changes in the SlimCleaner were unwanted; and the list goes on.
    "Software developers have a knack for shooting themselves in the foot." Microsoft Inc is lame too....
    The latest Microsoft Office has that distasteful. over-the-shoulder look I hate - as productivity gives way to Microsoft's rude mass-market theories - and suffers from a list of issues and bugs that you would swear experience would have eliminated. The 2007 or 2003 Office products were much more stable. It's not much of an "user experience" if you've got to stop and correct something every eight minutes.
    Do your money a favor - Try it before you buy it.
  21. jediYL

    jediYL TS Rookie

    Now take, for instance, a push broom. You can buy three kinds of push brooms. Firstly, is the kind with a very skinny handle that is also only four and a half feet long: It is impossible to use such a tool on Earth...when you have to bend quite a bit over and hold on to it with a bitterly thin grip that would perhaps apply to a child; but many businesses are stuck with such a tool. The second is a push broom.
    Lastly is a mutant molded plastic push broom 'vehicle' that is used manually, until some day in the future when they will thoughtfully add the wheels and motor that such a device requires to explain the girth of molded rubber attached the handle and the broom's head which is also embedded in armorite or kevlar or something.
    What TechSpot knows that I am also finding out is the importance of withstanding evolution, and holding onto the proper sort of broom.
  22. Macromedia FreeHand 11 and Photoshop CS (8) for graphic design and Office 2007 just for compatibility issues on a Windows XP machine and running great !!!
  23. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    If you don't play games and use older hardware (which usually goes hand in hand) then XP is okay. Still feels very outdated after using later versions of Windows.
  24. olibenu

    olibenu TS Rookie Posts: 23

    waiting for someone to mention utorrent. oops, i just did!
  25. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Looks like I'm sticking to Win7 for quite a few years from now. Wake me up when Win9 is announced. :zzz:

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