Compared to products like Word or Ami Pro, XyWrite is not a pretty face.
Once a writer had the reviewer's final sign-off for a chapter, the XyWrite files were passed to the BestInfo group, where a composition specialist would lay out the pages.
Like XyWrite, BestInfo stores its files as ASCII text, but because its codes are more complicated, the conversion from XyWrite to BestInfo cannot be automated fully, so laying out the pages in BestInfo is a manual task.
Instead, they saw simple printouts from the XyWrite files.
* Writers made the changes to the XyWrite files and put them through BestInfo all over again, or
* Composition specialists made the changes to the BestInfo files, with the writers maybe remembering to add them to the XyWrite files later.
By the end of most projects, the text in the XyWrite files and the text in the BestInfo files didn't match.
A word-processing program, such as XyWrite
or Wordperfect, works with text; a spreadsheet, such as Excel or Lotus 1-2-3 takes care of the numbers and complex calculations, and a database program, such as dBase or Paradox, will sort, index and analyze records.