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Posted by Andy Brice
Feb 22, 2017 at 09:19 AM


I’m not convinced by what looks like a ‘design by committee’ approach to adding new features. That seems like a way to end up with a complex and incoherent product.

IMHO the product owner should listen very carefully to user feedback, but then make the ultimate decision on the right direction for the product. I’m not going to add a feature that doesn’t fit with my vision of Hyper Plan, regardless of how many people ask for it (but that vision could change in time).

Andy Brice


Posted by Dr Andus
Feb 22, 2017 at 03:41 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>who would want to spend $120 a year for less functionality
>than you get with Scrivener for twice the cost of the one-time purchase
>of Scrivener?

But how much did your Macbook Pro cost? ;) The whole economics changes with Chromebooks. You can buy a Chromebook for $200-300, pay the annual subscription for Novlr, and still be saving some money many years down the line (while there is no change to the performance of the machine, thanks to the lightness and simplicity of Chrome OS).

MadaboutDana wrote:
>There does appear
>to be a kind of “divergence” going on - the opposite of the tech
>pundits’ enthusiastically embraced convergence.

In a way Google is releasing some value back to the masses. The average user does not need all the power and functionality of a Mac or a Windows PC. Most Mac and Windows users have been subsidising the techies and sophisticated users who actually use what these machines and OS’s can offer.

A Chromebook instead costs a fraction of the money but comes without all the baggage of the more mature OS’s, which makes it much better at its core tasks (internet use, note-taking, media consumption).

MadaboutDana wrote:
>use their smartphones as “work” computers - a much larger percentage of
>users than I ever realised.

Yeah, that’s the next stage. The smartphone functionality (and user base) is folded back into the laptop, as Chromebooks are becoming Android enabled, and there are even rumours of a hybrid Chrome OS/Android OS codenamed ‘Andromeda.’


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Feb 25, 2017 at 11:32 PM


Stephen Zeoli wrote:
>Super Note Card (remember this old one, which used to be called Miss
>Lonely Notes at one time) is now an online app.

Stephen, many thanks for this information; I have a challenge for which I believe this kind of tool would be ideal. Normally I would hesitate to rely on an online application, as I often work offline, but for this specific work I would need to be connected anyway, so it should not be an issue.

I rarely have the time to visit the forum these days, let alone contribute, but it’s great to see it alive and kicking. I have come to rely on a limited number of tools compared to my exuberant past, but every once in a while I will find here a suggestion which is a time saver for me. Perhaps because of my CRIMP past, I can usually decide very quickly if a tool really provides added value, and whether it’s worth adopting. Or at least I think that I can decide.

Cheers, alx


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