What is WordTricks?
Complex Tasks - Made Simple
Complex Tasks - Made Simple
For the user, WordTricks® is a "task-oriented" toolbox
that makes simple work of routine things that are many times cumbersome
or even impractical in Word® alone.
But far from being overwhelming, WordTricks is so approachable that
it dramatically reduces the workload for a firm already using Word®,
going through an upgrade transition, or especially if migrating from
WordPerfect® to Word®.
(Does that mean WordTricks is free?) Well
Sort of. Most firms
cost themselves a lot of money in lost productivity, but have no idea
how much or even how to measure it. After all, "high-tech saves
labor" and MS Office is as "high-tech" as it gets. Right?
Sorry! But, no
Not for those who must use it to produce professional
documents. That's where WordTricks can pay for itself many times over,
even within the first year. Typically WordTricks costs the equivalent
of a few seconds a day of a Staff Member's value. But it almost always
saves minutes and sometimes hours per day in document production.
For firms with 10 to even 10,000 workstations, managing Word®
with any consistency can be a daunting job. But with WordTricks, it
is incredibly easy to centrally manage user preferences, templates,
styles, button-bars, numbering schemes and forms. All of this without
taking away the user's ability to customize on their own.
For casual documents, Word® is a great
tool. But for producing professional / legal / engineering / accounting
documents, Word® presents some formidable
obstacles. WordTricks helps you overcome these obstacles.
Obstacles to Document Production? What do you mean?
- OBJECT ORIENTED DOCUMENT STRUCTURE. Most professionals think in
a linear fashion, or as an orator. Most previous word processing applications
(including WordPerfect®) also work
in a linear way. Word® does not.
So, some "re-thinking" of the process is necessary in order
to use Word® effectively. Every aspect
of WordTricks is developed to help move you along in this process.
- DOCUMENT INSTABILITY. Built into Word's way of handling documents
are mechanisms that tend to "gather baggage" with each edit.
This is especially so when information is copied between documents.
Even though you can't see it, this makes the document unpredictable
in behavior and many times completely unstable. WordTricks tools are
designed to minimize this "excess baggage" and to encourage
users to create original documents when possible.
- UNWORKABLE PARAGRAPH NUMBERING. Again, for casual documents that
contain automatic paragraph numbering, Word®
is a great tool. But for documents that are typical for the professional
environment, native Word® paragraph
numbering falls short. WordTricks (with the ListTricks tool) uses
native Word® numbering, but makes
it much easier to produce "healthy" professional numbered
- AUTOMATING DOCUMENTS. Many times we repetitively produce similar
documents. But unlike WordPerfect®,
Word's tools for automating this process are beyond most users' understanding.
(Visual Basic, Locked Field Forms, Template Sharing, etc.) In QlickForms,
WordTricks brings you the tools you need to quickly manage and automate
documents, without being a macro developer.
- SYSTEM-WIDE MANAGEABILITY. Word®
was designed to empower the individual with a great deal of user options
and customizations. Microsoft has done a great job of making Word®
"smart" in the area of automating Word's behavior for the
average individual user. Unfortunately, you are not your average Word®
user. Many of these "features" simply impede your productivity.
Plus, you share your work with coworkers within your organization
and probably clients too. This means that you must have some level
of consistency and reliability in Word's behavior. But Word®
was not designed with that in mind. Fortunately, a large portion of
WordTricks (that the user never sees) has a long history of making
this easy for your support staff.