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RE: Why I Decided to Charge for FeedDemon Again

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:50:28 EST

So I just updated from the Beta version to find out that the feature I suggested and helped test (scoped folder watches) which I got the impression was viewed as not widely useful, is now a pro only feature. This is kinda annoying.

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RE: Why I Decided to Charge for FeedDemon Again

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:56:59 EST

Bought every version so far that it's been possible to buy. Delayed upgrading to 4.0 until I upgraded PC; so that means I ended up paying full price rather than the upgrade from 3.0 price. Do I care? No! $19.99 a great price for such a simple, easy to use piece of software. More of the same please!

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RE: Not an Option

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 01:18:16 EST

I respectfully disagree. I don't know why anyone who isn't a power user one way or another would even be using FeedDemon in the first place. They'd be using Google Reader and just getting on with their lives. By not focusing on potential customers like me, who would actually pay for your software if it provided a greater range of customization to paying users, you seem to be curtailing your market.

I also, as a programmer, dislike the trend of "opinionated software" where the developer refuses to implement new features or is afraid of options. It's always just seemed like laziness to me. Trying to shift the focus and saying that you're not implementing new features because it's better for the users is just double speak to my ears. If there are a lot of options, find a better way to present them. Make the options searchable (Trillian does this) or make changing them a more natural process by putting toggles in context.

I'm aware of the paradox of choice and I'm not saying you can't go too far. However, I don't think FeedDemon is anywhere near that level. No doubt you'd say this is because you've been saying "No" all these years, but you can go too far on the other end of the spectrum, too.

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RE: Why I Decided to Charge for FeedDemon Again

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 09:25:21 EST

@Frederic
If you purchased Office 97 in 1999, you were required to purchase an upgrade if you wanted to use Office 2000. If you purchased Office 2000, you were required to purchase an upgrade if you wanted to use Office 2003. And so on.

You purchased FeedDemon FIVE years ago - do you really think it's fair to Nick to give you almost an entirely new application for free? Do you not see the cognitive dissonance here?

"Do you think it's normal I am charged twice"

a better question is:

"Do you think it's normal to buy an old version of a piece of software five years ago and expect to keep using new and greatly improved versions for free for life?"

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RE: Why I Decided to Charge for FeedDemon Again

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 03:50:46 EST

Hello Nick,
Your software is great. I use it since 2005.
In 2005 i've paid fort it. And I think it s fair to pay for a software. But today my old serial number of 2005 isn't recognised as an available one...
Do you think it's normal I am charged twice ?
Frederic

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RE: Not an Option

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:20:11 EST

Nick,
Thanks for all the new features in Feeddemon 4 and thanks for letting us Feeddemon 3 users register it for a cheaper price. I love the new Content Filters Option :)
Trallyus

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RE: My Top 20 Minor Annoyances

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 13:09:52 EST

And Sarah Palin irritates other middle-aged guys because of what she's accomplished, compared to what they've accomplished.

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RE: My Top 20 Minor Annoyances

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:51:12 EST

No, actually Sarah Palin irritates a lot of middle-aged guys just because she is so irritating. To think I used to like The Learning Channel but these constant ads for her self-indulgent Alaska show make me turn the channel in a heartbeat.

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RE: My Top 20 Minor Annoyances

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 09:11:54 EST

Sarah Palin irritates a lot of middle-aged guys because she reminds them of the pretty girls who wouldn't give them the time of day in high school.

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RE: Not an Option

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:30:57 EST

@GeniU$ the link to the support forums is in the red banner right underneath "Post a comment" on this page. Please repost this there

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RE: Not an Option

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:01:39 EST

Sorry, don't know where to report, but it would be nice to have these features in FeedDemon 4.xx:

* see tags applied to an item
* filter by items
* apply several "Content Filter" profiles to a subscription.
* use regex in filters

Thanks.

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RE: Would You Eat a Retarded Dog?

Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:25:44 EST

Just a few days ago saw this video: Melanie Joy Interview, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AQkgJtBwk8

Not that it changed me. i love meat and don't see myself changing any time soon. We oppress things, in this case cruelty to animals, all life long - nothing new here.


btw: i still have IE6 on my system. had to downgrade from FD 4.0 because is screews up all the feed views... I believe 3.5 also does that, so now using 3.1 and am happy about it for years to come (at least 2 i guess) :)

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RE: Not an Option

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:08:38 EST

@Eduardo: I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm not a fan of the plug-in solution. Plug-ins sound great, but they end up eating up a ton of development time since you have to make sure that new versions of your software play nice with existing plug-ins. And, of course, your application suffers when poorly-written plug-ins slow it down, make it crash, etc. (witness IE).

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RE: My Top 20 Minor Annoyances

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:59:20 EST

Ginchen, one could also go to the washroom to blow his nose or obstain from visiting restaurants while sick.

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RE: My Top 20 Minor Annoyances

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:05:36 EST

Hey man, I came here to check out whether I wanted to upgrade to FD4 Pro...As I was perusing this post and saw you listed Sarah Palin in your top twenty annoyances I immediately made the purchase just on general principles. ;)

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RE: Not an Option

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:46:01 EST

@Ben: I actually agree with you about FD being too complicated. A big problem was that I created FD after creating two developer-oriented apps, where tons of features/options are a selling point. If I had it to do over again, I would've started off making FD *much* simpler. But once you add features, it's tough to get rid of them.

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RE: Not an Option

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 20:43:06 EST

@Critter: Yeah, Options > Options is pretty silly. I should've changed it to Options > Settings, but since previous versions always used "Options" I stuck with it. I'll probably change it anyway.

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RE: Not an Option

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 19:42:58 EST

Interesting - I think my reaction is the opposite. I feel like FeedDemon is crazy complicated for being a feed reader (I mean, it only has to do the one thing well), and I do a lot to strip down the UI to barely-there (though I can't get rid of as much of it as I'd like). I'd probably pay for a really good FeedDemon Minimal Edition - the only thing keeping me from switching to Google Reader is that it's also pretty complicated, and FeedDemon has better keyboard accessibility.

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RE: Not an Option

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:51:46 EST

I've always thought (though I never said it - sorry Nick :) ) that the Tools->Options would be better named Tools->Settings->Options (or Tools->Options->Settings)

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RE: Why I Decided to Charge for FeedDemon Again

Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:09:06 EST

Hey, Nick: Good luck with the new release! I've moved to a Mac, so I'm a customer's of Brent's now, but if ever a PC comes back into my life, FeedDemon will be my first purchase. BTW, your shared items are a daily read for me. -Craig

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