Vincent Gable’s Blog

July 19, 2010


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― Vincent Gable on July 19, 2010

It’s a small thing, but it breeds deep suspicion. Mac OS dialogs always had “OK” buttons (capital O, capital K). Windows dialogs had “Ok” buttons (Capital O, lowercase k). “Ok” buttons in Mac/iOS software are a sign of a half-assed port, by someone who doesn’t really know the platform.

July 7, 2010

Worthless on an Unimaginable Scale

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― Vincent Gable on July 7, 2010

There are other App Farms we know of…. One example is Brighthouse Labs with 4568 Apps, all virtually worthless.
Brighthouse Labs in AppStore screenshot

Zee, writing for The Next Web

I have a hard time wrapping my head around that number. Nearly five thousand “apps”. Near as I can tell, it’s a solid 2% of the whole App Store. With an (optimistic) 5-day-per-app approval time, it would take Apple 86 years to approve them serially.

September 25, 2008

Simple Truths About Cross-Platform Apps

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― Vincent Gable on September 25, 2008

Scott Stevenson tells it like it is,

Even if Apple recommended cross-platform toolkits for Mac development, the basic premise of Mac software market would not change. Mac users bought the computer they did because they found the experience more appealing. Bringing an application across from Windows with minor tweaks simply won’t resonate with this sort of user.

And gives free advice,

Maybe the most important thing you will ever need to know about Mac development is this:

Mac users will generally favor an app with a better experience over the one with more features.

The full article.

September 5, 2008

The ‘Apple Stands on 3rd Party Shoulders’ Theory

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― Vincent Gable on September 5, 2008

Do you know what the real difference is between a Mac and a PC?

It’s not just the OS. A platform always stands or falls on third-party development. The difference is that Mac software tends to be well designed, and Windows software tends to suck.

Mike Lee, being “an elitist Mac-fan wanker”. Some interesting comments so far.

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