[not quite OT] Serving a standalone

William Prothero prothero at earthednet.org
Tue Feb 10 01:30:36 EST 2015

Thanks for the ideas! The plan you suggest sounds quite good and it looks like I can probably accommodate both desktop and iOS. I’m a retired prof who did a LOT of coding for my classes, and now I have no ambition to develop a real business, not that I would turn down income that wouldn’t require me to actually go back to work. My plan is to re-do (in livecode) a lot of my apps that I wrote in Director, and are now un-supportable because of the death of that platform. So this is a project that I will give away for free, mostly because I hate marketing and the business aspect. I’m planning on building on the starting app, a video of which you can see at:
http://earthednet.org/ptExplorer/Cover.html <http://earthednet.org/ptExplorer/Cover.html>   
 This is an intro screen that I access in a rev browser window, and it’s just for the basic beta version of my app that’s being tested at UCSB.

So in between playing and practicing jazz keyboard, riding my bike, and enjoying my wife’s company, I work on these coding projects, which give me great satisfaction.

Thanks again for the ideas,

William A. Prothero


> On Feb 9, 2015, at 8:01 PM, Kay C Lan <lan.kc.macmail at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 4:28 AM, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com>
> wrote:
>> But when exploring desktop vs mobile, you'll need to make different
>> layouts for each anyway, so why not do both?
> Just when you thought you had it figured out I'll throw a curve ball -
> referring to Bill here. How well do you know your customers? Do any of the
> schools or institutions you are targeting own an iOS Enterprise License.
> These allow for in house development of apps, therefore no Apple approval
> process so you can Splash Stack in iOS to your hearts content. It can be
> financially sensible for a school to have an Enterprise License. If you
> have 10 kids in a Coding Club who want to develop iOS apps then that's $990
> for individual licenses but if the School purchases an Enterprise License
> it's only $299 shared between all members. Your hurdle is to be approved as
> a Developer on their license but if you can, you can offer faster updates
> and customise their Splash stack to be an image of their school emblem or
> whatever to show that it's their App for their School/University/College.
> This would also involve a different pricing strategy as you'd no longer be
> selling to individuals and donating 30% to Apple's Old Age Retirement Fund,
> but selling direct site licenses and possibly even site licenses that for
> an extra $350 you'll set them up with an Apple Enterprise License so the CS
> Students can have a go at developing iOS apps for a lot less cash. You'd
> have to weigh that against advertisement potential of being in the Apple
> Store. As I said, a curve ball.
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