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Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jan 18, 2019 at 01:27 PM

 

They intend to sell it on the App store rather than directly.

Hugh wrote:
Presumably, Aquaminds in this new version will no longer be targeted at
>the education market.

 


Posted by satis
Jan 18, 2019 at 08:22 PM

 

I find it a little crazy that they still sell the untouched 2013 version of the app on the Mac App Store (complete with middling average reviews, the most recent being from a year ago).

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notetaker/id428848740?mt=12

I wonder if the new version will be a free upgrade to current MAS users.

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jan 20, 2019 at 06:39 PM

 

I guess that “neglectware” is relative. I thought that Circus Ponies was doing well for its genre, but went out in a most alarming fashion. Midnight Inbox (GTD app) has promised a new update for about 10 years, yet it seems to be forever delayed. And Hog Bay’s simple apps seem to always be “in progress” but with no major features released either. The only issue I had with Notetaker was that, for a while during version 3, it seemed very prone to crashing. As a result, I moved away from it but always wished that a stable version would be released.

 


Posted by satis
Jan 21, 2019 at 03:26 AM

 

I suppose a lesson seeing played out is that the productivity products that today survive and get continued development tend to be cross-platform services with web components, and tend to go after deep(er) pocketed customers that are willing to pay. Otherwise you’re dealing with very small companies, including lots of one-person developer products, that survive (if not exactly thrive) with niche apps, but much slower development cycles.

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jan 21, 2019 at 09:35 AM

 

Yes, the ongoing hiatus in further development of Hog Bay apps, and the peculiar decision to stop developing for iOS (regardless of the open-sourcing of TaskPaper’s iOS code) have put a bit of a crimp in what appeared to be a very successful development arc. I still mourn the demise of FoldingText, which Jesse promoted as the Next Big Thing for quite a while before suddenly switching back to TaskPaper.

Circus Ponies I never really took to - some beautiful ideas, not always especially well executed (lot of crashing, sudden reversal of structural changes etc.). But then they were one of the first really ambitious apps to appear.

Ah well, life isn’t easy for independents, as we all know. Which reminds me: the solution I’d always promote over Aquaminds Notetaker is Notebooks, the updated macOS version of which is imminently due to appear… (also one of the very first ambitious iOS apps, and a solid competitor to most other data managers, not least because of its ability to handle vast numbers of documents very efficiently; oh, and a dual-window display even on older iPads, which is pretty much unique).

Cheers!
Bill

Jeffery Smith wrote:
I guess that “neglectware” is relative. I thought that Circus Ponies
>was doing well for its genre, but went out in a most alarming fashion.
>Midnight Inbox (GTD app) has promised a new update for about 10 years,
>yet it seems to be forever delayed. And Hog Bay’s simple apps seem to
>always be “in progress” but with no major features released either. The
>only issue I had with Notetaker was that, for a while during version 3,
>it seemed very prone to crashing. As a result, I moved away from it but
>always wished that a stable version would be released.

 


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