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This article is from the Macintosh application software FAQ, by Elliotte Harold elharo@shock.njit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

05 Integrated application? (What's the best... - Macintosh application software)

Most software is driven by the needs of power users. Features
are added to sell into the power-user segment of the market since
they're the hardest to please and spend the most dollars. Triple
Omega Paperware Corp. and its competitors need to design cocktail
napkins in 16,000,000 lifelike, mouthwatering colors so
Big Software Inc. has its programmers spend many hours adding
photorealistic color capability to Bloated Draw 7.2. Meanwhile
Father O'Brian finds he needs all the hard disk space on his Color
Classic and more money than he gets in the collection plate on
a good Sunday just to purchase and install Bloated Draw 7.2,
SuperDuperPublisher 3.8, and WhizzyWriter 9.7 so he can make a
brochure with a picture of a hamburger to advertise the upcoming
CYO dinner. Integrated applications provide the tools for Father
O'Brien to create his brochure at a price, both in money and system
resources, that won't require him to rob the poorbox.

Very few Mac users really push our $200 software packages to
the limit. Even people who do use Word 5.1 to the fullest may
not come close to utilizing the power of Excel or Canvas, and
vice-versa. An integrated package omits the 80% of features that
90% of users never touch. Thus we get the 20% of features that
we actually do use in several areas for less than the price of a
full featured application in any one of those areas. Integrated
applications also pack these features into a smaller, faster
package ideal for users with 68000 Macs or small hard disks. The
basic components of an integrated package include a word processor,
drawing application, spreadsheet, database, charting module, and
telecommunications. Some integrated apps also include painting
(ClarisWorks, WordPerfect Works, and GreatWorks), outlining
(ClarisWorks, GreatWorks), and even presentation
(ClarisWorks) modules.

ClarisWorks is undoubtedly the best integrated package for
the Mac (which of course means it's easily the best integrated
package anywhere, but you knew that already. :-) ClarisWorks 1.0
did what was previously thought to be impossible. It destroyed a
virtual Microsoft monopoly in a market, something no one had ever
before achieved though many had tried. The virtual dethroning of
market leader Microsoft Works by the upstart Claris ought to
serve as a lesson to any company that thinks market dominance can
substitute for solid, improving products. It also proved for the
first time that even as a wholly owned Apple subsidiary Claris was
capable of turning out a market leading product, something they'd
never done before. With the release of version 2.0 the gap between
ClarisWorks and everyone else became a chasm. Though other
integrated packages like Symantec's GreatWorks and WordPerfect
Works offer a few features not found in Claris Works and vice
versa, (Noone agrees on exactly how much should be included in an
integrated package.) none of the other packages are as well
integrated, well designed, and easy to use as ClarisWorks. I
strongly recommend ClarisWorks as the first software for new
Mac owners, and an essential tool for PowerBook users. See

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