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April 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm
Text Expander wasn’t a cheap app. Not at all. There’s a text out there for $5, which has the same core functionality. I am NOT against subscription models per se. Let’s look at an example:
– Adobe Photoshop (CS6) used to cost $999, Lightroom something around $200. Significant updates came at a steep price, several hundert dollars, every 2-3 years.
– Now I pay $9 a month for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC. They added a cloud service and some goodies. $108 a year compared to the acquisition price of over thousand dollars. Sure, you could get some discounts and save 10-20%, but I think you get the point. With the subscription model, I have a yearly rate of 1/10 the original price.
The same goes for MS Office, I get a ton of software for a modest monthly rate. I also subscribe to Backblaze, Evernote and some other stuff, because I think it’s worth it.
Now let’s look at Text Expander:
It cost $35 and major updates (every 2 years) cost $20. I gladly payed that. So, if I use TE for 6 years, it’s one purchase and two updates, adding up to $75 or ~$1 a month. so, with the $4/month model, I will have to pay FOUR times the amount. With the next version, I would do exactly the same, expand snippets. Sync service? What was wrong with Dropbox sync, it worked like a charm, so there’s absolutely no added value there. And if you look at a broken sync service, take a look at the Omni Group, they gave us OmniSync for free for their applications.
Let’s get back to Adobe: for $9 I get applications that are on the cutting edge of technology. Ever looked at the feature list and the developer team? It’s 4,5 GB of software I am getting. Text Expander is a 30MB helper app. Look at MS Office 365, for ~$10 you get several applications (Excel, Word, Powerpoint….), there’s a cloud service included and even a whole programming language. I know, economies of scale, Smile is not MS or Adobe.
Getting back to my 6-years-of-usage example, $4 dollars per month amounts to €288.
After Walt’s review of the Eero, the duo discuss in detail the usage of wireless systems and the surprisingly numerous devices one uses in the household with a Wi-Fi internet connection.
The Talk Show
‘“They Might Be Giants” With a Spanish Accent’, With Special Guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi
Friday, 12 February 2016
Very special guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi join the show. Topics include: the new features in Apple’s upcoming OS releases (iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2); why Apple is expanding its public beta program for OS releases; iTunes’s monolithic design; how personally involved Eddy and Craig are in using, testing, and installing beta software; the sad decline of Duke’s men’s basketball team; and more.
Some scoops too, including: the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders.
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Apple’s iOS beta preview page.
Apple Insider on the new features in tvOS 9.2.
Walt Mossberg: “Apple’s Apps Need Work”.
Yours truly, following up on Mossberg’s column.
Duke falls out of AP Top 25 for the first time in more than eight years.
This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.
Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you’re not up to scratch, you’re off the team. Is this the future of work?
Brad and Myke are joined by Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk for our annual gift guide. From beginners to addicts, we break down every stationery combo for all of your gift giving needs.
Katie and David talk through setting up a new Mac or rebuilding an old one from scratch.
All reviews of Cool Tools on this site are written by readers who have actually used the tool and others like it.
Gabe and Jeff go down the "science tourism" rathole with alternating parts of bunk and debunk.
Can we really get a grasp of an incredibly difficult topic by reading a paragraph on it on Buzzfeed?
Do we get smarter by reading one of Malcolm Gladwell’s books or are we fooling ourselves?
Science is more fashionable than ever these days, especially on the internet, so sounding smart on science has never looked so good. This one might be a rough ride so don’t forget to take your vitamins.
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This week Gabe and Jeff tackle the nerd Mount Everest that is task management.
In some Twitter circles, you can’t throw a Field Notes book without hitting someone talking about what they did to become productive.
The journey into the depths of productivity porn was eased somewhat but the excellent Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing.
Unlike the last time Jeff and Gabe talked about task management, the word "OmniFocus" has been replaced with the word "Taskpaper" and a lot of the approach to how they manage their busy lives has undergone significant change.
GTD (Getting Things Done) still plays a huge role in the conversation so much of what they discuss applies if you’re using a different tool to wrangle the day-to-day or using a plain text format like they do.
Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing
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TaskPaper Introduction on Macdrifter
TaskPaper for Mac
PlainTasks for Sublime
FilterLines for Sublime
Editorial for iOS
Taskmator for iOS
Post about Jeff’s Today "perspective" for Taskpaper
gist of Python code for generating Jeff’s tpToday.taskpaper file
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