Why 10 hours for a newbie and 30 days for a "programmer" ?

Judy Perry jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Wed Sep 1 18:10:00 EDT 2004


I don't disagree that it is a different product targeting a different
audience, but I still simply cannot fathom that what it would cost the
company to offer the same 30-day trial evaluation period would turn out to
be a deal killer.

Let's think about a particular type of potential Dreamcard user:  a public
school teacher.

This person perhaps reads the MacExpo announcement... or sees something
about Revolution in a periodical or on a website or by word of mouth and,
thinking this might be something interesting, downloads it.

Maybe launches it immediately, maybe not.

Eventually, it gets launched.  When? probably after the teacher has come
home and eaten dinner.  Then s/he remembers to check whether Suzy's
spelling test score improved any, as s/he has a parent-teacher conference
with Suzy's mother the next day.  This gets him/her to thinking about the
other things s/he needs to do for tomorrow, so s/he launches some other
program just to check something really quickly... gets lost in thought,
the phone rings, etc etc.  And hours can inadvertently get lopped off the
very small allotment of 10 hours of use.


On Wed, 1 Sep 2004, Jan Schenkel wrote:

> --- Judy Perry <jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu> wrote:
> > Really, though:  what will they lose by upping it to
> > the same 30-day
> > period granted to the digerati?
> Where Revolution is geared towards programmers,
> Dreamcard is aimed at the consumer market -- I'm sure
> future revisions will bring more differences between
> the products.
> If I were looking for a tool to make small tools for
> myself, I'd look at what was available for my
> immediate needs and how well Dreamcard stacks up
> against tools in the same market.

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