Computerized Investing > July/August 2005

Editor's Outlook

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by John Bajkowski

Portfolio management software is featured in this issue’s product comparison. While installing and testing these programs, I was struck by how documentation has changed over the years.

My office bookshelf is jammed full with old program manuals, but for our comparison of portfolio management programs, only one program out of the 10 that we examined had a thick printed manual. A few programs came with an abbreviated getting started guide that walks users through the installation and basic program operation. Overall, the vendors of software programs have abandoned the traditional printed program manual and have been busy developing on-line help systems and interactive tutorials.

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