Why is Konfabulator 'Pretty?'
chipp at chipp.com
Fri Dec 9 16:05:48 EST 2005
Marielle Lange wrote:
> Professionals like Richard, Chipp and Ken and others
> are worried about keeping their competitive advantage and have the tool
> remain expensive and relatively unknown (at the very least maintain the
> existence of a cost of switching via the license fee and time to learn).
First, great post. I pretty much agree with all you say, but as both
Richard and Ken have chimed in their 2 cents-- I'll do too.
I don't think if Richard, Ken or I wanted RR to remain relatively
unknown we wouldn't be sharing so much about it on our collective
websites, newsletters, conferences, free plugins and tools, or building
externals for it.
Richard, Ken and I have been around for awhile (as have many) and we all
have seen the various X-talks be dismissed, passed over, and go out of
business. So, for those of us who's business depends on Rev, we're happy
to see more revenue come into the company.
While I can't speak for Ken or Richard, I do believe they probably share
the following sentiment with me. One main reason for a 'branded
professional version' is to not be confused with a 'non pro version.'
This is not to say we're any better programmers than those using a
non-pro version, (as many have already shown) but more importantly, to
differentiate the two to the outside world. Many of us have been burned
by the 'Made with Macromedia Director' logo, which spelled doom for any
professional multimedia/game developers back in 90's. This was because
of the poor Director applications which had been developed by 'newer'
Also, professional developers do have different support needs than
All that said, I'm for giving away DreamCard with no support. So that
students, inventive users, hobbyists, novices, and professionals can use
it and learn how absolutely great Transcript and the message path really
is. I believe many will eventually upgrade to Revolution. But, making a
decision to give away DreamCard without a good understanding of the
market dynamics and RunRev financials, is just guesswork and speculation.
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