I had an off-line chat with Andrew Stone, to see what his reaction was to my recent entry about the design of Videator. He agreed to let me publish his response here as a counterpoint to my pretty strong criticism. He makes some good points and at the end of the day, he’s right: it’s best to download and try it out for yourself.
Thank you for all the attention you have lavished on Videator.
I would ask you to consider people’s motivations in dissing both the application and me personally so vehemently. Why was such an emotional response generated by this new application? Should I be flattered that my work is not being ignored? Do I win points for touching raw nerves? ;-)
Working with the metaphor, batshit is an extremely rich source of nitrogen prized by gardeners. My software and the ideas contained therein is organic fertilizer for the software world. And in Jazz lingo, no higher complement than ‘crazy’.
I’m one of the last truly independent developers who has scratched out a living for 18 years innovating ideas which quickly get re-used and popularized by larger, better-funded software houses. I rely on good word-of-mouth to continue to get sales, so of course, getting such negative publicity is painful for more than just the ego.
When a new application comes along that does things that no other application has done before, of course there are going to be complaints about the way we decided to implement it! You have some valid design points of course, I am not attempting to deny that. However the emphasis on the exterior drowns out all the core brilliance of what the application can actually do.
It’s as though no one actually used the application but simply decided to trash it from the screenshots or their personal distaste for my independent status. The power of Videator is that it’s not a “limited choices – canned settings – just click here” kind of app Mac users have become so comfortable with. Those types of applications are easy to apply the design guidelines you mention.
Alas, Videator is breaking new ground and is perhaps outside the comfort zone of the armchair critic. Providing a set of tools to do almost unlimited manipulation of video, Videator takes on a very complex domain. Could the UI be tweaked to better? Certainly.
BTW – for people who don’t like polished metal, there is a switch in Preferences to get Aqua windows…
Why not focus on what’s cool and innovative about the application? I encourage people to download and try it for themselves – it’s free for 2 weeks and then just $49 and free upgrades for life – where new and better UI’s will no doubt emerge, it’s still a deal.