Actually I didn't laugh, more i looked at the ram that you had back then, and look at whats needed today ! Can you even get vista or xp with 64mb working???
I'd heard of Paint shop pro, and was told it was an excellent alternative to PS, pity its not around as it once was. I tried the corel, but not for me.
It's also nice to see --someone-- is still using nurbs.. The more i use them the better i like them, and some things just work so well, i only wish one day they'd upgrade the whole nurbs package.
I must say that the hardest thing for me, the lack of examples, even with those excellent Helgee ones, the type etc... is the utter lack of docs or explanation and scenes covering the different options in a clear way, I wonder if thats why he has problems with people "not getting it". For me an overview pdf should have been written, that's is much more a this is the design strategy, this is what and where things go, eg this is why there's unsim and sim, strands, volume, etc, and this is the logic and reasoning behind it, and why you'd need it, and for what solutions you use it for.
From my (and this is all from my perspective) that you have to spend a serious amount of time digging and testing (and RBD's seem hardly touched)... which is always hard not only because it laborious, but the time it takes, mainly the problems always come down to time constraints and docs.
The thing i do like about ice, is that in some ways its a very simplified way of making things 'open source' of sorts that allow you to 'investigate' compounds and rewire them. Like the pages you pointed me to before. They were understood, but "freezing" was not a option, as one curve was dependent on another and so on so if one manipulated the first all get done thru the chain. But because of the openness of ice, it did allow me to re-wire to suit the job. That solution, was excellent, as it was fast, and simple to do, probably impossible else where and it got the job done.
But it nice to hear that you too found some of the same problems, I think that gives hope to some of us. (specifically me
PS Thanks for taking the time to reply to it all.
PPS Looking forward to seeing what else you are going to dig up from the past