Wednesday, February 29, 2012
And now for something completely different !
Current Mood : Weary, but ready for the next challenge !
I fully believe that today, I did in the pooch, for once and for all. Not a real dog, just a dog that's been bothering me for years. I finally wrecked Doll Shop Deluxe beyond any possible repair, so the $100. I spent on it in 2003 is gone completely. (sigh) I knew better, but decided to take just one more chance, like an idiot...
Y'see, Doll Shop Deluxe (DSD) and I have a long, painful history. My side of the story is long and painful, DSD's distributor's is a shrug. I bought it way back when for the promise of having patterns for any and all of my dolls, forever and ever, in a time where just one pattern for one size doll, not even vintage, could cost $40. So having something to generate any size was surely a bargain, even for a hundred bucks.
LivingSoft, now LivingSoft NorthWest, truly had an amazing promise. Too bad DSD never performed as advertised. Within a year, we'd posted bunches of problems from patterns not working to geometrically impossible pattern generation, to just plain and simple 'why is it doing that ?' to LivingSoft. LivingSoft knew of all these issues, and knew even more, but since it wasn't their flagship program, they just didn't care. They weren't gonna fix jack unless they had time, and seeing as how this wasn't their bread-and-butter, it'd hafta wait, so there. Meanwhile, we bought it, it was up to us to figger out how to use it, how to get over the issues, and whether or not we were even gonna use it. As stated, they honestly didn't care what we did.
I was thoroughly schooled in their brand of customer service when an 'upgrade' ate my version, and LivingSoft again shrugged. I also noted that the 'upgrade' actually took away several features and a buncha patterns, so I swore I'd never upgrade again.
I really should listen to m'self more often. Years pass. I'm running DSD 5, they release DSD 9- with all the bugs removed, all the wonderful new features restored, and just so much more WOW ! programmed in ! It's only $129. ! But since I'm a valued and loyal customer (hacksnortsneeze), they'll let me upgrade for $99. ! Aren't they just the best people on the planet...?
Nope. Business as usual. My DSD is on its last legs, and it's too frustrating now to use. It barely works with Windows 7, and LivingSoft no longer supports anything older than DSD 8. So I have a choice - upgrade to version 8, which is free, or pay for DSD 9, which is now only $70. I backed up what I could, and downloaded the free upgrade.
Which is even more confusing and worse than what I had ! Every last 'included' pattern warned me that I'd need to pay to use that, and the resulting printout patterns I got were beyond nuts. Armholes six inches above neckholes. Sleeveless shirts twisted in on themselves like a Spirograph drawing. And these were the same measurements that worked in DSD 5 ! I couldn't find anything, and all the super extra wonder features were there, but had to be bought separately. I could use them, but anything I made with them wouldn't print. I tried nearly 20 of the 'included' patterns, everything from bathrobes to swimsuits to everyday three-pattern-piece pants, and it was all garbage. That I'd have to buy separately. I could (and have) drafted better patterns using a pencil and a roll of paper towels.
I dumped out of DSD 9 and tried to go back to 5. So sorry. There's no way out now. Yes, it ran right over DSD 5, and even removing 9 didn't help. Since they no longer support DSD 5, I'm out a program. And I have no way to use DSD 9. In short, I'd best hope I enjoyed having that program for as long as I did, and convince m'self it was a good investment - 'cause it's gone now, and so's the hundred bucks. With not one single thing to show for it but years of frustration and semi-fitting doll pants.
Maybe it's better so. Maybe now I *can* draft my own stuff and share it. It can't be any worse than the crap I made with DSD ! And it'll be mine. Which may be my final 'eff you' to LivingSoft NW.
It's about time I pushed off the rotting dock that was Doll Shop Deluxe and sail my own ocean !