[OS X TeX] New Editor.
schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Sat May 2 10:24:17 EDT 2009
On May 2, 2009, at 9:31 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On May 2, 2009, at 8:20 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> On May 1, 2009, at 10:19 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>>> On May 1, 2009, at 6:55 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>>>> On May 1, 2009, at 11:45 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>>>> I've just run across a new editor that is in beta at this time
>>>>> that may have some interesting features for some folks (e.g., a
>>>>> side panel with a document outline). Go to <http://
>>>>> deliciouscode.com/> for more information. Oh... it seems to
>>>>> need OS X 10.5.x and is universal.
>>>> Given that the site is a .com, I would assume that TeXWriter
>>>> will eventually become proprietary. Given that it is soliciting
>>>> bug reports etc, it reminds me of the GraceNote incident a few
>>>> years ago.
>>> So what? Soliciting bug reports is beneficial for users and for
>>> the developer, providing the developer acts on them. I submit
>>> bug reports and feature requests to commercial software
>>> developers regularly, if they provide a mechanism for it and have
>>> demonstrated that it's worth my time. Apple is seldom
>>> responsive, but visualdatatools.com, wavemetrics.com, and
>>> stone.com are great examples of well-supported commercial
>> I entirely agree of course. But there is a bit of a difference in
>> this case. At this point, we are invited to download the app
>> freely and this is where the ambiguity arises: when I "submit bug
>> reports and feature requests" to, say, Intaglio, I know without
>> doubt that it is a commercial application since I bought it. i
>> wonder how the people who might feel they have contributed to the
>> development will feel if there suddenly is a price tag on the app—
>> which I was not able to try since I am still on 10-4. Call me
>> naïve but it seems to me that a clear notice as to whether or not
>> TeXWriter will eventually be for sale wouldn't have hurt.
> Then why are you making a list of feature requests for TeXShop? Why
> should anyone report a bug for any free software? While bugs have
> to be prioritized since those working on free software have other
> jobs and limited resources they do get fixed and the software
> remains free.
I did not make myself clear and/or I do not understand.
I have indeed no objection to "giving help" to the development of
either free (e.g.TeXShop) or commercial apps (e.g. Intaglio).
I do object to "soliciting help under false pretenses", namely
soliciting/accepting help for "free" software and then going
commercial once the software has matured.
The situation is perfectly clear for both TeXShop and Intaglio but a
bit ambiguous in the case of TeXWriter. As I wrote, it would be nice
if a clarifying statement were posted as to whether or not the
software will "remain free".
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