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Jim Zajkowski jim at
Fri Mar 5 13:43:56 PST 2004

On Mar 5, 2004, at 5:26 PM, Daniela wrote:

> These are areas where optimization is critical, because if two 
> programs deliver equal quality, professionals will always choose the 
> one that is much faster than the other.

Almost always, substantial speed gains in e.g. MPEG compression come 
from algorithmic advances and not by switching to assembly.

Professionals also prefer tools that work the way they do, which is why 
most professional tools have steep learning curves -- because they're 
made to be efficient, not accessible.  Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and 
even UNIX have difficult interfaces for beginners but efficient 
interfaces for seasoned users.  Word, on the other hand, has a 
difficult interface for everyone.


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