Monday, January 26, 2009

Choosing unpopular software

You know I don’t know what it says about me... but... I always pick the underdog.

I don’t use MarsEdit. I use MacJournal.
I don’t use Yojimbo. I use Together.
I don’t use Tweetie. I use TwittelatorPro.
I don’t use Twitterific. I use Twhirl.
I don’t use Preview or Adobe Reader. I use Skim.
I don’t use OmniFocus. I use Things, and occassionally TaskPaper.

I used Mailsmith for years until it became clear that development was just not going to happen and all sorts of cool plugins became available for Mail.

I’ve stopped using MS Office a long time ago. I use Numbers and Keynote, keeping Pages for simple page layout. I do my wordprocessing in the really rather lovely Nisus Writer Pro.

I don’t know. It says something. I just can’t figure what.

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  1. Does that mean Apple is the underdog? Kind of hard to believe that these days when you can't turn around without seeing an iphone.

    I think often the underdog is the true innovator, because what other way is there to compete with the market leader?

    I use Songbird instead of Winamp or iTunes, Thunderbird instead of Outlook, Aptana instead of Dreamweaver, XBMC instead of Media Centre, CeltX instead of FinalDraft.

    And someday, I'm convinced I'll use Linux instead of windows, maybe that's why I'm gravitating toward using cross platform open source apps.

  2. Oh, I'm definitely speaking within the Apple camp here. Not in the broader scheme of things. If you follow Mac blogs, the same apps come up time and time again. I always prefer the other little guys.

    Linux? Sure, if you're open source driven , keen on Android, all that, it makes sense for a very specific set of reasons. Arguably Linux/Android is a market leader for coders, tech heads etc. A leader in it's own tribe as it were.

    Hey, I was an Amiga head for a long time. I know all about being in third place...

    It's kind of wild how Apple is viewed with 10% of market share. Hardly the market leader.

    And the visibility of the iPhone is part of that for sure. For a Mac user, the iPhone is an extension of the Mac experience. What it brings has been in train for a long time on the Mac in terms of media, integration, the OS, and so on. But it's how people who don't own a Mac now see Apple, as a big player, 'everywhere' as you point out.

    To my mind, for mobile platforms with a view to the mass market, it's going to be the leader. No doubt. Win Mobile, Android, Blackberry will have their place, their tribes, but for the majority, they'll buy the iPhone. In that regard, you're right. Android will be the second player and where a lot of innovation will take place, markets ultimately constrict. Even companies like Apple who take bigger risks than MS as regards legacy code etc. will face the market constraint of being the big guy on the mobile scene.

  3. "It’s kind of wild how Apple is viewed with 10% of market share. Hardly the market leader."

    Well, that's in the OS market. In smartphones it's got more than 50% of the market, nobody else comes close to that. and don't even get me started on plain iPods. I know people who scratch their heads when you say mp3 player but suddenly know what u mean when you say iPod. In terms of smartphones and media players, apple is the market leader, by a long long way. That's what drives me away I think. I want to support the underdog of phones and media players. and more than that, I want something with open formats and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

    On the OS market I would never see Apple as the leader, and I don't know if they ever will be. I think the future will be windows, followed by linux, followed by apple, although I think it'll be a bit closer, maybe 50/30/20%.

    Windows doesn't deserve to be on top right now, but they have the advantage that Windows is what 90% of people know.

    Linux emulates the windows experience quite well, and often makes things familiar to windows users (open office is a good example). Its also free, which is a huge plus.

    Mac OS on the other hand, while easy to use, is deliberately different from windows. It does not try to emulate windows, and it costs a good bit more to get the Mac experience.

  4. > It does not try to emulate windows

    No, I don't ever envisage that...


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