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

Chipp Walters chipp at chipp.com
Fri Sep 3 02:36:52 EDT 2004


Sorry to hear you say this. But of course you have your reasons.


My understanding is that both the Dreamcard and Revolution demos are 
exactly the same with the following exceptions:

1) Dreamcard has a 10-hour trial limit; Rev has a 30-day trial limit
2) Dreamcard has a 'Dreamcard' splash screen on startup, whereas Rev has 
a 'Revolution' splash screen on startup

Other than that, they are identical. Now, if you were to purchase Rev, 
then you can build your own standalones (kinda like SuperCard), whereas 
if you purchase the less expensive Dreamcard, you'll need to bundle the 
player (kinda like HyperCard). But, you can always upgrade from 
Dreamcard to Revolution if you want to make a standalone of your 
Dreamcard stack.

There are probably many reasons for creating the new Dreamcard product. 
As a professional user, I am happy RR has decided to separate the two 
products as IMO, there are both pluses and minuses for a product like 
Dreamcard. Plus: Easy to use and get started with, recognizable 'card' 
metaphor with Apple folks. Minus: Association with Hypercard and poorly 
designed stacks can create a 'stigma' for professional developers (this 
happened with my previous company and Director a few years ago).

In anycase, there are two products, but one IDE. While RealBasic is a 
fine programming environment, there are many here with RB experience who 
prefer RR. In fact, Andre Garzia is an experienced RB users and a big 
proponent of RR. I suggest you consider contacting him for some 
comparison questions. Also, Geoff Canyon created a RB/RR wiki a year or 
so ago which may lend further insight (anyone know a link). If you have 
any other questions, please ask :-)


Chipp Walters
Altuit, Inc.

Keith Hutchison wrote:

> Frankly the ten hour issue and the new differentiation between Dreamcard and
> Runtime Revolution scared us off. We are not ranting, just not (currently)
> buying.

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