Hi all. I appreciate the sentiments in this thread, and as a user, I’m always glad to know what’s going on with apps like DEVONthink that I rely on every day (every minute?). But, in general, I am not especially concerned about UI tweaks and the like. I really want to know that there is a commitment to supporting the features that are in the app. Well, at least the ones I rely on
Beyond that, it’s all icing on the cake. In the last 12 years or so, we’ve seen the explosion of mobile apps, the app store, and insanely fast update cycles. There have been some nice changes, to be sure, but also some very unpleasant ones. Subscription services are on the rise–it’s simply not possible for me to subscribe to everything I enjoy using (Amazon Prime, Audible, Hulu, Netflix, Dropbox, iCloud, Office 365, Google Drive, Bear, Evernote, Omnifocus, etc.). And, those are just the first things that come to mind. The solution, for me, is to just subscribe to one of those in that list, even though I used to use them all. DEVONthink has somehow avoided the subscription model and, funny enough, the relatively glacial update cycle has been a huge benefit–DT is one of the only apps I have that is reliable on a daily basis. Weekly updates (at some points) from other developers have seen features dropped (“no time to put them in–we’ll get to them in a later update” is the constant refrain) or apps made entirely useless (“sorry about that–we’ll have that fixed in the next update”). In my opinion, DT has been a constant companion for me precisely because it is a high quality app that is only updated when everything is ready to go.
Of course, user input is important, and that is what these forums are here to do. The developers and decision makers are in this thread reading and listening. If a roadmap is shared, I think it ought to be in a less public setting without anything official. Kudos to the app developers who share roadmaps, but from the outside looking in, the pressure to meet deadlines (literally from thousands of people around the world) looks way too intense to me–that’s no good for anyone. I’ve seen many, many cases of really angry users when deadlines get missed. It isn’t worth it.
For the lead-up to the rollout of a new update at DT, see Eric’s post here in 2013 about DTTG. It’s a well-written statement of a philosophy that differs from the rest of the crowd–in a good way.
blog.devontechnologies.com/2013 … ink-to-go/
No one, including me, enjoyed the wait. But, it was worth it. Keep up the good work!