Losing the amateur.

Ryno Swart swartart at iafrica.com
Sun Nov 2 02:34:38 EST 2003

Hi folks,
I am just a bit disappointed.

To Scott Rossi:
I was and am dead keen to download Scott's Ouija stack (I love your 
more personal work, Scott), but I ran into a few problems.
First, the stack appears to require Rev version 2.1, and would not even 
download to my version 2.0.1. Couldn't these stacks be saved to, for 
example, version 1?

To the RunRev team:
Apart from Scott's stack, what on earth would an amateur want version 
2.1 for? It is 30 day time-limited, and only professionals can afford 
it. At least with the older versions I can still do my simple fun 
efforts within the 10 line script limits. Of course, by making new 
stacks inaccessible to these earlier versions, you can slowly get rid 
of the deadwood like me.
Eventually I downloaded 2.1. Took me about 3 hours on a 56k modem, 
plus, I had to try 3 times (my own problem, living in South Africa, I 
suppose). The trouble is that Stuffit does not recognise the File 
"revolution.sit" and cannot open it. The message reads: "The file 
'revolution .sit' does not appear to be compressed or encoded. etc." 
So, double disappointment.

So I am feeling somewhat lost. That is OK. But if it not your actual 
intention to lose people like myself, some rethinking is required. How 
are you going to reach the ten-year old geniuses? And the over 
50-artists who are only looking for a way of expressing themselves in 
the greatest new medium the world has see, multimedia?


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