Rev Media and the product line gap
gandalf at doctorTimothyMiller.com
Sun Mar 26 17:53:13 CST 2006
>> (However, why make the backdrop an issue? If it doesn't
>> create standalones then there's already a big incentive to
>> upgrade. I suppose it would tend to limit what is distributed
>> with it--you don't usually see utilities with mandatory
>> backdrops, for example. Then again, you don't usually see
>> utilities that require a player to run, either!)
>This is an additional form of differentiation which won't limit the
>usefulness of the product for its intended audience.
I can't endorse that statement. I've tried using my dreamcard stacks
with the backdrop turned on, to get a sense of what it might be like
to use Media. A mandatory backdrop seems unnecessary and user hostile
Of course my stacks are still usable with the backdrop turned on. But
in the course of my business day, I usually have other windows open,
from other applications. I'm constantly moving back and forth between
applications. With the backdrop turned off, I can just click on a
window from another application to make it active. With the backdrop
turned on, I have to fiddle around with the dock. It's just one extra
step, but repeated several hundred times per day, it's annoying. It
seems to say, "If you want a cheap ride on our loss-leader product,
here's your little punishment."
That's hypothetical. I'm still using Dreamcard. But it looks like I
won't need Studio when it's time for the next upgrade, unless I want
to pay -- what is it? -- $250?? -- for the privilege of not having a
If it's product differentiation you're looking for, wouldn't it be
sufficient to make "backdrop on" the default setting for Media?
I vote against subtle, but user-hostile incentives to upgrade to
Studio. I understand that Media is probably a loss leader. I'll be
getting a good deal at $49. I'd feel fine about paying more money for
Media if I could keep all the functionality I now get from Dreamcard.
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