Archive for January 19, 2003

Sunday, January 19, 2003

ClarisWorks History

Bob Hearn, co-author of ClarisWorks (and the excellent AppleWorks GS), has written a brief history of the program. Although I preferred BeagleWorks to ClarisWorks 1.0, ClarisWorks 4 is one of my all-time favorite applications.

In its effort to produce slick, bug-free software, Claris was neglecting the hard reality that sheer number of features sells, independent of elegance of design. Some products, such as MacWrite Pro, were delayed so long by stringent quality assurance requirements that they lost their effectiveness in the market.

Update (2020-08-17): See also: Hacker News.

Update (2022-07-22): See this updated link (via Thomas Brand).


I’ve been looking for a new search engine for ATPM, and right now the leading candidate is SWISH-E. Here are some of the reasons I like it:

There are many free search engines, but ones that have this combination of features are rare (judging from my quick search). Installation took a while, as I had to first install libxml2 and Xpdf, and then wrestle with why SWISH-E couldn’t find pdftotext or pdfinfo even though they were in the path. Once installed, it seems to work well. By tomorrow it should be done indexing, and then I can try some real tests.

Apple’s “Free” Software

Steven Frank:

My position isn’t really “boo hoo, Apple should play nice”—like everyone else, we’ll do whatever we need to as a company to stay alive. It’s just that a whole lot of cool stuff from a lot of cool companies is probably getting stifled. For better or worse, that’s the hidden cost of free, bundled apps. As Ihnatko says, without competition, “how can we be sure that we’re getting the best software possible?” In all likelihood, you’re not.