General HydroStatics
Ship Stability Software
Command of the Week
(New or interesting aspects of GHS that you may not know about)


We heard from John Bonn again. He said he has absolutely no use for color in GHS reports. Furthermore, he could see no sense in messing with fonts, since they make practically no difference. He did not change his mind when informed that some of his professional colleagues make frequent use of the color mode.

We like John, and we take his advice seriously. Usually there's something quite valid in what he says. He went on to say that if we want to give users control over the looks of reports, we should come up with a way to make them available in MS Word format.

We explained that we have never been in favor of that because: 1) having the report reside in a form that can be conveniently edited blurs the line between what GHS has produced and what the user may have added or modified; and 2) the native GHS format is most efficient and produces graphs directly for the printer, which makes them as sharp as possible.

John remained adamant (he seemed to be insulted that we would question his competence in handling GHS). He said the one big advantage of having documents in MS word is that they can be emailed and viewed by anyone since everyone has the software. We reminded him about our free public print utility program that we created for that purpose. He said people are afraid to download strange software. That sounded a little strange to us, but we have to assume that he knew what he was talking about.

Then we brought up the PDF option. Though GHS does not directly export a PDF file, several PDF print drivers are available (CutePDF is an example). John thought even this would be a hassle. (Maybe if he tried it, he would like it.)

Nothing seemed to satisfy John. So, finally, we offered to let him try a "wizard" command we have been developing that exports GHS reports.

John really got excited about that. He said he wanted to see the exported version of the report page that appeared in last week's COW.

So, John, in fairness to everyone (in case someone else wants to try it), below is a screen shot of the report page in MS Word.

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