Buggy document tools

Expect the unexpected from this unstable suite of utilities.

Danet Studio is a suite of tools for creating, editing, and viewing XPS and other types of documents. Although we were initially impressed by the number of features the program offers, in the end we were put off by its functional problems.

The program's interface is nice enough, with a main screen that contains buttons for launching all of the software's different utilities. These include a creator, viewer, reader, merger, player, and puzzle. Some of these were functional, if not particularly impressive; the viewer and reader, for example, did an adequate job of displaying flow and fixed documents. The creator, however, left a lot to be desired; it couldn't seem to handle basic tasks like allowing multiple fonts or font sizes in the same document. Our attempts at trying out the player did not end well; every time we tried to add images to the presentation the program crashed. The puzzle portion of the application allows a user to mix up pieces of an image and then try to unscramble them, and although we thought it was kind of cute that the creators had included such a diversion, we think their efforts may have been better spent on making sure that more important features actually worked. The program's Help file does a fairly good job of explaining its functions, but doesn't make up for features that simply don't work. Overall, although we think Danet Studio has potential, its functional problems make it difficult to recommend.

Danet Studio is free. The program comes as a ZIP file but installs and uninstalls without issues. We do not recommend this program.

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