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Posted by quant
Oct 30, 2008 at 09:43 PM

 

http://www.kinook.com/Forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3204

:(

OK, so which program to move to? I think I’m going to give a good try to SQLNotes.
Pierre, are you by any chance planning to stop the development in the foreseeable future? I’m very wary of one-person software development ...

 


Posted by Thomas
Oct 30, 2008 at 10:25 PM

 

My interpretation of those news was more like that UltraRecall development was frozen ;)

quant wrote:
> I’m very wary of one-person software development ... 

Large companies are even more prone to cease development if the sales are going down.
Remember Ecco.
Or the many cases where a software company is purchased due to having great team, or due to some strange technology, and all the end-user targetted software gets abandoned.

 


Posted by quant
Oct 30, 2008 at 10:37 PM

 

Thomas wrote:
>My interpretation of those news was more like that UltraRecall development was
>frozen ;)

what’s the difference if this crisis is expected to last for quite some time?

 


Posted by Chris Thompson
Oct 30, 2008 at 11:54 PM

 

That’s too bad. The message sounds suspiciously like what happened to NoteMap.

SQLNotes (now InfoQube) is looking very impressive these days, though the UI still needs polish and it doesn’t yet have calendaring, though it can do math on dates. You should definitely try it. If you don’t want to store rich data/web pages directly, Ecco with EccoExt is also going surprisingly strong. It’s almost like having Ecco 5.0. There’s also still a ton of good Mac apps for managing heterogenous data.

—Chris

 


Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Oct 31, 2008 at 01:20 AM

 

re UR is Dead
Wow, this does come as a surprise to me. UR dev. seemed slow but steady… I sure hope that IQ, as a newcomer, did not influence their decision.

These are tough times for Information Management software. Between Outlook and the numerous free web offerings, where can small commercial software find a market? 1 year ago, it was GemX and its DoOrganizer which was in bad state.
http://www.donationcoder.com/Forums/bb/index.php?topic=9827.0
It seems that they are holding on, for now at least.

quant wrote:
>Pierre, are you by any chance planning to stop the development in the foreseeable future? I?m very wary of one-person software development ...

It seems that it is medium sized companies which are finding it hard (Kinook, GemX). I took a very different approach. From the start, IQ was built to be used by companies, often replacing expensive database designs which would otherwise require MS Access or SQL Server. It is multi-user from the ground up. It supports equations, VBScript, and excellent live links to other office apps.

As a consultant, I’ve sold IQ to companies at $500 a piece, and for them, even at that price, it was the most “bang for the money”. One company has 8 users networked, and use its remote database links to pull data from their user extranet. Pivot tables and charts are used for monthly reporting.

I then added other features (live search, web capture, Gantt, Calendar, Outlook sync) to grab individual user market (Consultants, myBase, EN, UR, MI users).

This dev. plan will stay. It is the best way for me to ensure sustainable development. I don’t hesitate to buy components to jump start features (e.g. Chilkat HTML grabber gave me picture perfect web page capture in no time at all)

In summary, I have no plans to stop working on InfoQube.

BTW, Coincidently, I’m pre-releasing today a new version which includes an Outlook-like calendar, something that was often requested by UR users.

 


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