I Don’t Appreciate This

It’s not that people paid 99 cents. It’s that they paid for your app at all.

I get that devs want to be compensated for their work. I pay for a lot of software. If AppCubby wants to add in-app purchases to Timer, go right ahead. My problem with the whole thing is that every time devs take a previously paid app and make it free so they can get more downloads and hopefully make up their costs, they add ads. Starting free and charging for in-app purchases is fine. Starting free and going paid is fine. Starting paid and going free with no ads is fine. It’s the starting paid, going free, and then adding ads that’s the big “fuck you”.

And don’t say I’m entitled. I didn’t need an update. Timer was a buck or two, and did all I needed it to. It’s like paying someone to paint your house, and then they come back and say they’ll give you a free touch up and then slap a billboard on your front door and say, “If you give me a little extra, I’ll take this billboard down!”

It’s a dick move and I think AppCubby realizes that people would think so. Previously, in the app’s settings, there were contact buttons, but not anymore. Why make it easier to complain about something that you know people won’t like?

There’s a simple way to get around this. Don’t update the app. Let it die. Let me keep the ad-free app I wanted, and sell Timer 2.0 as a brand-new app. When Tweetie 2 launched, Tweetie 1 went away and if you wanted the new one, you could buy it, or you could keep using the old one. When you put out an update that people don’t want they have few options.

  1. Don’t download it and be forever annoyed because you can’t use the “Update All” button in the App Store ever again.

  2. Download it and be unhappy.

  3. Delete the app.

They are shitty choices, but those are your options.

Interesting Links: August 8, 2011

Who knew anyone in America considered SEGA a big company anymore?

Not all innovations are welcomed.

A new text editor for Mac OS X, that combines native Cocoa with powerful text editing tools.

An interesting idea where an owner of a Starbucks card is sharing the card with the Internet. You can use and charge as you’d like.

Wanna combine your Safari address and search bar?

Listary Creates Great Lists For Simplenote

Repost from Kernel Panic

I’ve been looking for a great list app on the iPhone since, well, since I first bought the iPhone 3G when it launched in here in Japan. I’ve tried a lot of list apps. I tried using GTD apps like Things and then Omnifocus for keeping lists, not tasks, but lists without much success. When I say lists, I’m not talking about to-do lists that I’m constantly acting on. I’m talking about games I want to buy, movies I want to watch, albums I want to listen to. These things can be kept in a heavy duty GTD system like Omnifocus, but after trying that for six months, I came to the conclusion that having a list of games to play (which all take quite a while to play through) is overkill. Instead, I went looking for simple list apps to handle these kinds of things. I tried Quickie, which is good but it doesn’t sync. I love the interface to Purchases for shopping lists, but it doesn’t sync. I quickly realized that I needed a list app that syncs.

I routinely check the iOS App Store’s productivity section for new apps. That’s when I found “Listary”, a list app that integrates with Simplenote. It creates and manages lists not by using the native list function in Simplenote (cause it sucks) and instead uses tags to append a “Listary” tag onto every list the app creates. You can also import any text file that already exists in your Simplenote account. You could also use the Simplenote iOS and web apps to add or remove the “Listary” tags.

Listary formats notes very simply. A line break creates a new list item, and completed items are moved to the bottom of the note with an open line above them and prefaced by a backslash and a space. This simple format allows for easy editing of lists from even the Simplenote iOS app, web app or a desktop client like Notational Velocity. I’ve found this great for adding things to grocery lists from the Mac when before I was using the wonderful (but unable to sync) Purchases for iOS. By using Simplenote as a conduit, I can type up huge lists on the Mac and have them appear on the iPhone.

There are a couple limitations that I hope get corrected, but I fear they won’t. There’s no parent-child function in Listary. I mean, you can’t have sub-lists. You could easily fix this by implementing markdown into the list formatting. Something as simple as a “#” preceding a string of text could start a new sub-list and then every line of text until the next “#” or even a line break could be part of the preceding sub-list. My feeling is that Listary wants to be simple and the addition of sub-lists might seem overly complicated. At the same time, if you use “#”s to create sub-lists, most people would never run into problems.

I’m very happy with Listary. It creates very readable lists that sync over the air using a system that is very popular and free. It’s a better implementation of lists than even Simplenote itself could create. (You couldn’t make a worse list function than Simplenote created already anyway if you tried.) Listary goes for $1.99 and you can buy it here.