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Posted by Chris Thompson
Jun 1, 2018 at 02:04 PM

 

Although he was working the infrastructure for a Windows version a while ago (while he was reworking the framework in preparation for the last major version), my guess is that plan has been shelved. It’s one of the few apps (that and DevonThink) still keeping me on MacOS. Tinderbox is intentionally somewhere between a commercial app and a graduate research project (this is not a bad thing, IMHO) and the tradeoff for the developer’s freedom to explore interesting ways of managing information is that you can’t necessarily expect the same kind of roadmap or broad operating system support as something like Scrivener.

Anyway, very nice update. It’s nice to see that linking to individual text portions is back. That used to be in Tinderbox all the way through version 5 if I remember correctly, but was phased out at one point.

—Chris

 


Posted by apb123
Jun 8, 2018 at 05:46 AM

 

I did actually buy tinderbox at version 5. It is very deep software that I would love to use more.

However it is just too expensive for me, and I can’t justify the cost.

It does seem that if he reduced the price more people would come on board therefore it would be a better business proposition. It is prohibitively expensive at the moment which puts people off.

 


Posted by Hugh
Jun 8, 2018 at 08:19 AM

 

apb123 wrote:

>It does seem that if he reduced the price more people would come on
>board therefore it would be a better business proposition.

By no means guaranteed. It all depends on “the elasticity of demand” - i.e. the degree to which more buyers would emerge as the price was reduced and he moved down the demand curve (as I learnt too long ago).

Really the only reliable way of discovering what the shape of a product’s demand curve might be is by actually cutting the price - and then if you’ve got it wrong and too few buyers emerge to compensate for the losses as a result of the price cut, you could face the difficult task of raising it again. And then again, more buyers would not necessarily be an unalloyed benefit, requiring additional and perhaps more costly support, for a start (as I’ve heard developers say).

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Jun 8, 2018 at 10:24 AM

 

Eastgate offers the upgrade price for “any previous version”—so a version 5 to version 7.5 upgrade is available.  I agree the price is high and the upgrade fee is high.  However, the developer wrote on his blog that 2017 was the best year every for Tinderbox so price reductions would seem to be unlikely. 

apb123 wrote:
I did actually buy tinderbox at version 5. It is very deep software that
>I would love to use more.
> >However it is just too expensive for me, and I can’t justify the cost.
> >It does seem that if he reduced the price more people would come on
>board therefore it would be a better business proposition. It is
>prohibitively expensive at the moment which puts people off.

 


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