2300 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2010 2:17 PM by Brian Postow
Brian, this is just my opinion, but targeting a specific OS is always a risk. People pay big money for research showing what the most current numbers are. Some people also elect to target hardware instead, such as Intel versus PPC.
While one dev works to avoid a niche market, another may find gold in the same. I think most will decide to work the numbers tho.
And even this has issues...if you were to strictly work numbers, you might decide to support another platform all together. I never worry about alienating one segment, I look at it as encouraging those outliers to move up.
In the end, it is always a moving target and down to the individual to decide. I think the best you can do is to make sure that when you begin a project you don't work on a platform that is near EOL. Try to do something that has legs.
wikipedia has good info, but I don't see hard numbers on current OS favorites, etc.
We've still got products running on 10.3 systems...
And the keyword there is 'products'. Targeted products.
So what's the real issue...how to reduce the number of targets? Or how to choose which to continue to support and which to abandon? Or where to put resources for best ROI?
Not unlike other companies at all. This sort of internal debate happens continuously in meetings around the world every day
Brian Postow wrote:
true. The real question is a ROI question I guess. Is it worth losing some customers in 10.4 in order to make it easier to write the product that will only work in 10.5+?
I wouldn't put it like that. That implies that you are "losing" "current" customers. You aren't. Anyone who has your software and runs it on 10.4 will still be your customer. You already have your money.
People who don't have your software and still run 10.4 can still buy the old version, so you aren't losing them either.
The only risk you have is people who have 10.4, will not upgrade the OS, but want to upgrade your software. Even here, you aren't "losing" anything. How big is this market? How big is the potential market for current customers running 10.5 who would like new features that take advantage of their OS upgrade? How big is the potential market for future customers who want "up-to-date" software that leverages all the new features of the current OS?
Ok. You've convinced me, and I think I Might just be able to convince my boss!
wish me luck.
The step after that is to convince Apple that the fact that their IKImageViewDemo uses methods of IKImageView that aren't documented is a bug in the documentation, an NOT a bug in the demo, and that the line that says that IKImageView can accept an NSImage, but there is no documentation of how is a bug in the lack of documentation, and not claiming things that don't exist. (The method DOES exist, it's just not documented)