1984 and the Future of Mac Software

Today we’re going look way back to the beginning and see a platform and a company that was defined by breaking the mold and breaking free of restrictions and uniformity.

We’ll contrast this with a critical look at the direction that Apple is headed in today. Do their current goals reflect the anti-establishment personality portrayed in the infamous 1984 commercial or have they become the establishment?

It’s Good to Be Back

For those of you who’re faithful enough to read both sites, you may have noticed that I’ve actually left my post as the iPhone.AppStorm editor and taken over for David Appleyard here at Mac.Appstorm. My entire web writing career, now a full-time venture, started right here so I’m thrilled to be back writing about the Mac.

Aside from nostalgia, there are quite a few other reasons that I’m glad to be back. For starters, I love writing about the Mac as a platform for amazing development. Despite the fact that I absolutely love my iPhone and iPad, being a Mac nerd has been ingrained into my identity for well over a decade.

“Apple keeps such tight reign over iOS and its accompanying apps.”


Having spent so long focused on iOS, it actually feels quite liberating to come back and write about Macs. The primary reason for this is that we’re “allowed” to do so much more with our Macs. Apple keeps such tight reign over iOS and its accompanying apps that one can’t really dig in and poke around without going rogue and ending up in a ceaseless back and forth battle with Apple (aka jailbreaking).

This line of thought has me wondering about Apple’s new direction for the world of software and whether or not it ends well for us.

Freedom

I absolutely love digging into my Macs as soon as I get them. I run custom terminal commands, set up shell scripts to run Geeklets on my desktop, break into and customize dashboard widgets and install applications that may slightly alter certain parts of the core OS. In short, I make the computer my own.

This is tricky enough that most consumers never attempt it and in reality don’t even know that half of it is possible, which keeps the experience shiny clean for them. On my end though, it’s always been one of the main things that I love about Macs; they have a rock solid architecture but can in fact be taught plenty of great tricks.

“Jobs and Woz are hackers from way back.”


It’s important to note that none of this has ever really felt like I’ve done something wrong that Apple would condemn me for. Jobs and Woz are hackers from way back and fully understand the need to play around and see what can be done with a system. Shoot, AppleScript and Terminal are tools that have been provided just for these types of folks.

Regulation

Contrast this with iOS. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the system, but the way that Apple has set it up is quite different. Here, in the place of freedom, we have an assumption that developers and users will screw stuff up if you don’t keep a close eye on them.

“In the place of freedom, we have an assumption that developers and users will screw stuff up.”


Instead of providing us with fun tools that allow us to bend the rules and stretch the possibilities, Apple spent millions attempting to literally make it illegal to hack your iPhone (fortunately, they failed). Jobs the hacker has suddenly forgotten who he was thirty years ago and wants to turn kids that act like he did back then into criminals.

All of this under the sacred religion of providing a better experience. Give people freedom and iOS goes down the tubes. An interesting argument given the impressive number of Jailbreak features that keep finding their way into the official version of iOS.

Where Is the Mac Headed?

Earlier this week we published an article containing ten apps that you won’t find in the Mac App Store. Interestingly enough, several of the apps mentioned simply aren’t allowed in, despite being on just about everyone’s list of “must-have” Mac applications.

iStat Menus is one of the most notable examples of this. In short, iStat digs into deep system files that Apple doesn’t like people screwing around with, so they won’t approve it. It’s an amazingly useful app, we all use and own it, but the fierce dictators at Apple wag their fingers in disapproval.

Fortunately, at this point, it doesn’t matter whether or not Apple approves an app for sale on the Mac App Store. iStat was popular before the MAS and can go on living without it. We’re all free to download and install any Mac apps we see fit to live on our machines.

“How long before a version of Mac OS launches that only allows for apps to be installed through the App Store?”


I can’t help but wonder if the dictators are scratching their heads about how to fix this in the long term though. Will Mac OS always give us the freedom that we now enjoy or will we start seeing that freedom slip as the iOS framework slowly starts making its way over? How long before a version of Mac OS launches that only allows for apps to be installed through the App Store? How long before Apple starts a campaign to make it illegal to Jailbreak a Mac?

Even to me these start to sound like the paranoid delusions of a madman. “Apple would never…” is my response. The truth is though that Apple already has, and they seem to be loving the control. iOS is widely praised as the future of computing in this “Post-PC” era and I can’t help but wonder if that era will be defined by only those applications and utilities that our gracious protectors have deemed appropriate for us to have. I can’t help but wonder if Apple is on the road to playing the part of Big Brother in the 1984 commercial while the Jailbreakers and hackers take up the symbol of the heroine hurling the hammer.

“Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology — where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!” – Apple’s 1984 Superbowl Commercial


What Do You Think?

At this point all I have is questions. Please feel free to chime in on any and all of them.

Will Apple continue to tighten their control over developers? Is the regulation that we see in iOS making its way to the Mac? Is Apple using App Stores to launch an “Information Purification Directive” that will result in a big brother scenario? Does the scene in the famous 1984 commercial bear a strange resemblance to the WWDC of the future?


  • Leon Zhang

    Apple now became to the “big brothers” already

  • http://nataliav.me Natalia Ventre

    If I wanted to pick each hardware piece and be able to install whatever and mess with the system files, I would go for Windows and reboot ten times per day because the system crashed and reinstall the system once per year because a virus scrambled all my executables.

    I don’t care if Apple rejects some apps, at least I know that everything in the MAS is safe to install. I don’t think that they are going to forbid to install apps outside the MAS anytime soon, because big players like Microsoft and Adobe aren’t there.

    • http://www.coroflot.com/joshuajohnson Joshua Johnson

      It’s definitely an important consideration. Apple has always lived in a fairly closed system and the result is awesome and stable hardware and software. I too love knowing that the MAS stuff is safe, reliable and subject to bad reviews if it isn’t. As I said, I’m a huge fan of the MAS! There’s just this nagging in the back of my head that wonders where it all leads ten years from now…

    • to

      Thats perfectly ok, if you do nothing else then using Facebook, Twitter and a few emails…
      But what about Pros who need a Pro-Graphicscards, a Videocard, a Soundcard and lots of space on their HDDs? Who need a system that is expandable and flexible…

      The MAS is killing the base of the Mac – its Apps.
      Developers cant make a living on the MAS if they are not constantly under the top 15 Apps on the MAS…
      Traffic on Sites like MacUpdate is down by 70 %.
      Less Developers – less Apps.

    • Jan

      Natalia, you probably mean you would go for Linux

  • http://www.markortiz.com.ve Mark

    I am complety agree with you Natalia 1000%.

  • bodzasfanta

    “Still holding firm on my prediction that, by 2015, Apple will no longer sell any devices with root access” (Mark Pilgrim)

    I second that…

    • Scott

      I want a computer that helps me become more efficient and productive out of the box without root access tweak nonsense.

  • jeff

    I doubt Apple will need MS and Adobe in the future, I could see apple bringing an Apple only equivalent of photoshop out at a ridiculously low price just like they do with their operating systems. The reason they’re going to sell Lion at $30 isn’t because they’re nice guys like they make out, it’s because MS only sell the OS. Two things could happen – People buy OS X (and in turn, buy a Mac) because the OS updates are cheap (and better.) OR it forces MS to lower the cost of Windows, making it harder for MS to make money. So they could just bring out “iPhotoshop” and destroy Adobe we all know they have beef. The only reason you need MS is for Office? And if people buy more Apple hardware and get into Pages, Numbers, Keynote… they wont need MS either, and after bringing it to iPhone, iPad and now syncing all your docs over iCloud it makes it even more appealing.

    • to

      Apple is killing every Pro-Product in its line. Server, XSAN, Final Cut, Final Cut Server etc.
      FCXP is a joke.
      Logic remains the last real Pro-Software Apple has to offer (until the next update).
      And you really think, that Apple will come up with an alternative to Adobes Creative Suite?
      I don’t think so!

      • Scott

        How is the new Final Cut Pro a joke, exactly? Constraints are often advantages in disguise. I thought people have been cursing at bloated Adobe apps for years…?

  • Brady

    The day that Apple makes MAS the only place I can get apps is the day I forever stop using their products. What people seldom think about (I don’t blame them, it’s sort of the crux of the platform…) are the multitude of small, open source projects out there that want nothing to do with MAS, and Apple doesn’t want them in there either. I am talking about cross compilers, embedded development toolchains, other *nix programs and dev software (MATLAB anyone?) that I use all the time. Complicated software designed for more advanced users that has no place in the App store. If Apple crushes that, then they are no longer selling a computer…they’d be selling an iPad with a keyboard permanently fixed on the bottom.

    • to

      I completely agree with you.
      The day the Mac gets closed down – wether it is closed down on the MAS or you don’t have access to the file system anymore (where are my Library-Folders in Lion???), i am not longer a Mac-User.

      • Scott

        Nobody is complaining about lack of PC-like filesystem on iPhone and iPad. I don’t see any reason why Mac should be different from that. Most users don’t care (don’t want to care) about filesystem.

  • Brady

    It frightens me how most of you would seem to be totally ok with your Mac computer becoming as closed a system as an iPad.

    • to

      I think that for devices like smartphones and tablets the closed system is perfectly ok!
      We will have lots of “fun” with Android and its security in the time coming…

      But a Computer should stay a Computer not a device for consuming. Now you can run Photoshop on a Mac and explore Unix-System-Commands at the same time – the perfect situation for learning everything about Computers and what the can really do.
      Facebook, Twitter and email is not what a Computer is about, for that a Netbook or iPad will do.

      • Brady

        I agree. It’s fine that the iPad and iPhone are closed. I won’t buy them because of it, but I am not going to whine too much.

      • Scott

        And computer isn’t about tarting OS’s standard interface and reinventing the wheel, either. Users shouldn’t have to tweak and baby their tools. They just want to USE their tools to do something more useful than those things. Developers should learn everything about iOS and Mac OS X but it still has nothing to do with tarting their OS.

  • http://fotosfera.si Ales

    Apple now targets the masses and pro consumers will suffer in years to come.

  • Jesse O

    Apple already is making a shift – since they created Lion, which I see as transformation from OS X to OS iPhone. I fear the mac will eventually become a desktop iPhone. . . let’s just hope not.

    • to

      Thats my fear too… that Apple will turn the Mac – the most powerful creative Computer on the market – into a toy for kids and grandmas.
      Everything is hinting in that direction and i really don’t like the idea.

  • http://www.twitter.com/KayOhDiWhy Kody

    I don’t think many of you are giving Apple the credit they deserve. Let’s take a short walk through changed mindset’s history.

    Back when Camera+ added the volume-as-shutter-button functionality, and Apple took it down, does anyone remember why they did? Apple said it would confuse users, and that it was misuse of hardware. Well lookie here, iOS 5 has that as a headlining feature! Enough people revolted, complained and begged that Apple gave in, they changed their mind.

    A second, major example is their change of mind towards the jailbreak community. The same exploit has been used since iOS 4.3, and there’s been three major revisions since. That’s no accident. Why hasn’t Apple implemented a newer, fool-proof way of ensuring users are using the newest and ONLY the newest firmware version, with no way of downgrading? Because Apple needs that community.

    I think they’ve come to see the tweakers, the modders and the customizers as their free Research and Development group. Things like QuickReply, MobileNotifier, SnapTap, FreeSync and things as old as Backgrounder are there to show Apple that the possibility exists, and it can be done in an unobtrusive, efficient way – they just need the expertise of a good Apple-tuning.

    I don’t expect to see things like Winterboard appear in the App Store anytime soon, but seeing as Apple’s been adding previously-jailbreak-only functionality for three years running now, to me it says that Apple’s listening. They may go against general consensus from time to time, but they realize it when they screw up.

    Now, about this “Macs becoming as closed of a platform” thing, I don’t see Apple doing that. They know they have a multitude of power users, and the tools are still there, but by discontinuing some of their professional offerings that maybe weren’t a huge hit, they’re now focusing their energy on the areas that are popular.

    Yes, the Mac App Store is a wonderful convenience for users who want new software but don’t have hours to spend on Google trying to find the right one; the MAS is there with user reviews and unmatched installation simplicity. But, I don’t see this as Apple trying to control their platform, I see it as them making it easier on the casual user. For years, a common “con” of the Mac platform was the small number of widely-known good software, well Apple basically said “You’re wrong” and brought out this giant showcase of software in a store interface which is the result of endless evaluation of what words, what doesn’t from the iOS platform.

    I seriously doubt Apple will ever lock down their Mac platform, and if they do, the user base will make enough of a riot that they’ll reconsider real fast. They won’t push their changes upon us if they see that it’ll hurt their profit margin.

    It’s an entertaining thought, though. Mac OS 10.8 as basically an iPad with a hardware keyboard? They’d crush ZAGG and ClamCase. No filesystem would be a killer for thousands of Mac users, casual and pro alike.

    • to

      I really hope you got it right with your analysis.
      But…
      Final Cut Studio was very popular and a huge hit. Many Studios built their workflow around Final Cut and the Final Cut Server and XSAN – those are all gone. Investments often worth 100 000s of Dollars went up into smoke.
      Do you really think a company like that cares about their Pro-Base anymore?
      Why can’t i see my Library-Folders in Lion anymore?
      Care about Pros?
      (I know i can turn this back on in Terminal – but… why in the first place? Wouldn’t it be better to secure those folders with admin-passwords -like Linux does, if too many users screwed them up by not knowing what they where doing…)

      Yes, the MAS is all about convenience… but what about those Apps that get rejected? Their sales went down by a enormous numbers, driving the developers out of business – that is actually controlling of what software is aloud on a Mac.
      Apples profit margin will still rise – as for most users an iPad with Keyboard is more then plenty. Just tell them it is a “computer” and watch the profit margin rise – forget about those “Pros”…

      I really hope that i am wrong. And i hope the next generation of MacPros will be powerful Machines with lots expansion-slots and connectivity. But i bet that the next generation of MacPros will have some powerful iCore-something, one lousy Graphic-Card, one expansion slot, no USB3, no eSATA, and Thunderbolt (that gets rejected by most other major computer companies and will never take off). Again i really hope that i am all wrong… the future will show.

      • Scott

        “to”, you are so early 1990′s in your way of thinking. Enjoy living in the past.

  • Scott

    Just when have people forgotten the whole Unsanity Haxie saga? What about the Classic Mac OS days when people used to waste countless numbers of hours dealing with Extensions conflict because they tart their OS with third-party system add-ons, most of which were totally non-essential and unnecessary? If anything, Apple should be credited for encouraging developers to develop stable and safe stand-alone applications with good coding practice (i.e. no private APIs allowed), and also challenging developers to stop reinventing wheels and start building apps that do something more useful than putting some interface mods on the OS. They should also be credited for encouraging users to take convention over configuration and stop focusing on tweaking their tools. It’s about productivity and not about obsession toward tools they use.

    iOS has been great for users because it is less yet enough for doing something useful, and it doesn’t require somebody to use apps that they shouldn’t need, such as constantly monitoring CPU usage in their menubar so their i-device would hold up. It’s great for developers to stop wasting time developing mods that gains mere milliseconds on some mundane operations and redirect their talent toward developing apps that actually do something truly useful. Why can’t anybody think it’s ridiculous to think users should need tweaking their tools?

    So many apps people think they need actually don’t matter at all. Would features available through those apps be nice to have? Maybe. But are they essential? Do they really matter to one’s measurable productivity gain? Nope. The best programmers are the ones that can determine what just doesn’t matter. That’s where the real gains are made, and Apple’s current policy encourages developers to go toward that direction.

    Way too much programming talent is wasted on developing apps that just don’t matter. If we can eliminate all that and all developers utilize their talent elsewhere, the platform would end up with more *truly* useful apps.

  • to

    @Scott

    Hi Scott, thank you for your thoughts.
    I agree with you, that most users don’t want to and also should not need to alter anything in the OS, that should “just work”.
    But the rest should have the ability to do so and they should have the ability to do what ever they like. Many of us see that ability slowly but steadily disappears from the Mac. Many developers are very unsatisfied about the way Lion works for them, because things gotten more complicated and restricted for them. And that is not a good thing. I am very sure that Apple could provide both users the best experience – if they wanted to.

    You might be right that the PC Area is over for most users.
    But you might be simply neglecting that a small but important percentage of users can do nothing with a tablet or similar device. The Videos you watch, the music you hear, the pictures you look at, the books you read, the websites you are reading etc. etc.
    They all were made on a non-PC-device – right?!
    No?
    Sure all those Media Producers will be producing the next Hollywood-Movie, the next big Hit, the next Book, the next Website on a tablet… of course… best way to go.

    Maybe i am “so early 1990s” – maybe i am even proud of that, i can see nothing wrong with that, maybe being creative is more important for me than just consuming.
    Sure, as i said, for most users the post-PC-Area is perfect – no mess, everything they really need and no more, no confusion – perfect.
    Do you enjoy 3D-Games, 3D-Content?
    But i just can’t find a way to attach my Nvidia Quadro FX 4800 Graphicscard to an iPad or iMac – tried it…
    Maybe we should get over 3D-Content?
    Do you enjoy those Webapps made with Ruby on Rails, Cappuccino etc.?
    Oh… but i need the Terminal to develop them…
    Maybe we should get over those Webapps?
    They way of producing all those things is “so early 1990s” – so why don’t we get over them all? Things would be much easier then – no more headaches… promised.

    Why FCPX is a joke?
    http://www.richardharringtonblog.com/files/fcpx_response.php

  • to

    @Scott

    I nearly forgot – a word about bloated Adobe Software.
    I personally never complaint about Adobe Software being bloated. In my opinion they even lack some crucial features.
    Why do think there is a multitude of Plugins available for Adobes Software?
    Because people need those extras and they need them heavily.
    If Adobe is to blame for anything then that most of their software is not programmed well, not well written. But not for being bloated or having too many features.

    • Scott

      Extreme popularity of apps such as Pixelmator, Acorn, etc. indicates that people aren’t happy with today’s bloatware which Adobe is known for nowadays. Adobe’s feature bloat is definitely an issue regardless of what you like.

  • Scott

    “to”,

    Thank you, too, for your thoughts.

    I would say that most users just aren’t going to even care about tarting up their OS, and the rest just don’t realize most of what they think is essential actually isn’t.

    There is no evidence of many developers being very unsatisfied with the way Lion works for them. I must point out that the assertion is based on sheer speculation and has no ground. The last time I checked, WWDC tickets were sold out in just two hours because developers are quite excited about Lion. That said, let’s say your assertion is true, and I would simply say they are unsatisfied because they just aren’t willing to think outside their status quo and challenge their thinking. Constraints are advantages in disguise because it forces you to be creative. Changes are also advantages in disguise because it forces us to remain agile and lean. I contend that any developers who refuse to adopt is incompetent.

    Terminal.app analogy is a bit off. Using Terminal and running standard UNIX commands has nothing to do with altering a standard OS behavior via hack and circumvention. And who do you think gets blamed when those things break OS stability? Do you advocate driving on the left side because someone thinks that’s the ride some people feel like driving? Do you want OS anarchy where programming chaos and lack of standardization prevails?

    There is no good reason to think that iOS devices won’t be able to do the kind of things only the Mac could do, in the future. I agree that it can’t right now but to say it won’t in the future is way too near-sighted. Time will resolve these things. It always has. They used to think laptop isn’t powerful enough for many advanced computing. Now it’s the default form factor. Same thing will happen to iOS-PC in the future.

    Why should I need Nvidia Quadro FX 4800 graphic card in the first place? I want them to design a device so that I will never need such thing in the first place. Who cares what graphic card my device has? I don’t want to care, I don’t want to deal with replacing and tweaking graphic card and sound card and whatever else you might have in mind, in the same manner that I don’t want to have to tweak engine and transmission on my car. Heck I don’t even want to have to replace engine oil at all. It should just let me keep driving without those maintenance chore.

    3D contents and 3D games are already available on iOS devices. And yes, the current way of producing those things plain sucks. Seriously, why do you think lynda.com gets to sell their video tutorial subscription service with hundreds of teaching videos for something that supposedly makes things easier and less troublesome to do things? Just the fact that such situation is normal is just pathetic.

    • to

      It comes to my mind, that you have no idea about content creation.
      Less about 3D content creation.
      You are sounding like the typical consumer/user who just doesn’t care where the things he uses come from

      Yes, 3D-Games run on iOS devices and tablets of all kinds.
      But in order to create those 3D Games you need to have a Workstationgraphiccard unless you want your viewport to freeze every other second.
      See no Workstationgrapiccard – no 3D Games.
      A FX 4800 is not your average consumer graphics card.

      I doubt that tablets will be able to do what Computers can do in terms of digital content creation within the next 10 years.

      If you don’t need all those things – thats fine.
      If GIMP or Pixelmator do it for you – perfect! There is no reason then to get frustrated over Photoshop.
      If FCPX is good for your needs – perfect, go for it! No reason to bother with Avids MediaComposer.
      If Pages works for you – perfect, no need to learn InDesign.
      If you like it simple – perfect, go for it. Laptop, few nice Apps, perfect setup.

      BUT, don’t say that this is the right way for everybody, or the only way! Because that would be stupid.
      Laptops are still toys for my needs – they maybe more then enough for most users. But they are toys for me.

      Constraints are advantages in disguise – those cliches don’t work for me.

      No, i am not an App-Developer, i do Multimediaproduction. But i spoke to a lot of Developers recently and they all said the same thing – doing their work has gotten more complicated in Lion. While Lion offers them more possibilities it has also gotten harder for them to work with Lion.

      • Scott

        It’s one thing to say you can’t do some things and you hate it because you think you need it to be done in a certain way, but it’s another thing to begin questioning such presupposition in the first place.

        In fact that’s often how things improve. Apple has been doing all kinds of things that people used to say they couldn’t do.

        And no, doing things is more complicated in Lion, it’s just that new things always take some time to learn and get used to. I’m sure some of them complained when they transitioned from OS 9 to OS X and whined about how they couldn’t do the things they used to be able to do “easily” on OS 9. I’m sure people complained the lack of OS 9 style Application Menu, minimize in place, tabbed window, etc. Ironically, people who came to the Mac platform after OS X transition simply DO NOT CARE, and they even thrive without knowing the features they don’t even know about.

        Ruby on Rails developers on the Mac often don’t use IDEs. Instead, they just use TextMate. Why? Because the language is so expressive and fluid to begin with, they just don’t need a mega-size IDE, a pile of framework references and 1,000-page Made Easy books. I’m sure developers from languages such as C# and Java would wonder about those things. After all, we all know that it’s impossible to code modern applications without at least 100MB of IDE supporting our every keystroke. Not so with Ruby on Rails, and not only that you can do just as much, often more than what you could with the other ways while requiring less time and effort.

        I have met many developers and designers who would swear by seemingly less capable tools because those tools actually let them do more in less time. I haven’t met a single person who swear by feature bloat. Something to think about.

  • to

    @Scott

    You really don’t get it, do you?

    You jump from one argument to another, we talk about heavy lifting multimedia tools and you come up with something completely different, like Coding to stress your point about feature bloat.
    You said that people don’t need the features of OSX iOS will do – my counterpoint was that you need those features for a lot of things – like coding Webapps in RoR. In return you brag about how easy RoR is…
    That is in no way a serious discussion.

    • Scott

      Actually, no, I didn’t get it. Sorry about that. After giving it some more thoughts and trying out some software discussed in this site, I have completely changed my mind about the whole thing. I admit I was dumb-headed, short-sighted and just flat out ridiculous.

      I just tried a few “must have” add-ons just to see and, I must admit, they are actually quite convenient and, might I say, quite addictive. In fact now I wish I knew how convenient many of these small apps really were long before and actually tried it first before assuming they were no different from some bad apps I’ve seen. I would’ve already saved a lot of time and effort by now. Definitely way more than just some millisecond gains. I also realize my Haxie and Classic OS Extensions examples were way off. l see these apps nowadays seem to be just a bunch of harmless background apps of some sort, there is nothing wrong about the way they work, and are easy to turn on/off.

      And come to think of it, I can even see that iOS can remain light weight only because Mac is here to take some load off. If iOS to try doing all the stuff Mac does it would be pretty ugly. In that sense, iOS and Mac complement each other. For that matter, Apple should NOT treat Mac same as iOS. (I doubt they will, though)

      And yeah, I think you are right, I probably stretched the “Less is more” analogy a bit too much. I could code HTML in TextEdit and say TextEdit is better because it has less features and simpler, but why would I do that while I could have a professional HTML editor with dozens more features that help me code faster with less effort? Keep going to that direction and yeah, I can see we should use apps with more helpful features, and the idea of iOS trying to do everything Mac should would be ugly and ridiculous.

      Oh, and I realize “most people” analogy is also off. Most people drive cars and they don’t need trucks most of the time. Does that mean trucks are useless? Of course not. Most people are not graphic designers. Does that mean Adobe apps are useless? Far from it. Most people use only web and email. Does that mean it’s the best way, or that they shouldn’t explore other usage? Ridiculous. Well, you get the point.

      So, you are right. I was wrong.

    • Scott

      Oh, one more thing: “Constraints are often advantages in disguise” was also way off. If that were really true in this case, I should be able to do all things I take for granted on Mac OS 6 which is very limited and still be happy. Well, I see I wouldn’t be happy. Limited is limited is limited. There are many things for which we need expansion and added features/capabilities. Again, iOS can get away with its limitation because Mac is there.

      • to

        Hi Scott,

        you see me quite surprised, and that in a good sense!

        To make one thing very clear, i don’t want to bash iOS, that is an excellent OS for some great devices and those devices will have their user-base, and those users will be very happy with that.

        But OSX like Final Cut has also got a user-base witch really, really needs to lift some heavy weights.
        And our fear is that Apple might forget about those users…
        Studios who have invested millions of Dollars in a Final Cut Workflow will not fall for “Constraints are often advantages in disguise” – when their existence is threaded by an update…
        See: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/finalcut/petition.html

        If you are running software like Maya, Cinema 4D or Houdini and you invested $ 2.500 or more in a grapic card you will not be happy if the next generation of MacPros doesn’t support them anymore.
        And all we are doing is begging Apple do not forget about us.

        I am all with you, that for the average user the computer experience should be as simple and painless as possible, and Apple already does a great job at that.
        An average user never ever has do start Terminal or look into his Library-folder, but please don’t make it harder or even impossible for those who want to or need to.
        Thats all i am saying…

        Also one last thing about TextMate – a program i use on a daily basis myself. TextMate may look simple on the surface but you will have to learn a lot if you want to use it right.

        I was not right all the way during that discussion, i did get quite emotional sometimes – and i apologize for that.

  • Scott

    No need to apologize, it was me getting it all backward. :)

    I can see that shrinking feature set in FCPX would have a significant negative impact on one’s workflow if it remains that way. I think you are right and I hope Apple will listen and fix this soon.

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  • Jeff

    I think it is perfect the way it is. The mac store is an attempt to streamline the whole experience of getting software, geared more towards the not so savvy user. The other more savvy users will get any other software they need from elsewhere. Apple knows that the “not so savvy” crowd does not need certain apps for their computer like iStat menus, so they do not include it in the store. If apple were to update the OS to only allow mac app store programs to be installed, this would be a huge mistake, and for this reason, it will never happen. If it did, guess what, its just going to force hackers to jailbreak to allow any application and would result in a free app store like installous is for the iPhone. Not to mention it would piss a lot of people off. Not a wise choice on Apple’s part, I don’t see it happening, but who really knows…

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  • http://www.avioesavenda.org Avioes a Venda

    Yea ! i Agree in people buy more Apple hardware and get into Pages, Numbers, Keynote…

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