Two Interesting Points of View on Dashboard

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Derrick Story

Derrick Story
Jun. 30, 2004 07:31 AM

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As I've continued to read up on what's being said about the Dashboard/Konfabulator issue, I've found two pieces that I think are useful and worth passing along. Not surprising, they come from two writers whom I read regularly and respect.

The first piece is by Brent Simmons of NetNewsWire fame. In his weblog, What should Apple do?, he echos the sentiments of many of us who are involved with independent development for Mac OS X. He thinks Apple should encourage private developers by cutting deals with them for the products they create that are absorbed into the operating system. Brent isn't approaching this as an ethics issue, rather as smart business. He also makes it clear that he's talking about Dashboard and not Safari RSS.

The second noteworthy piece is by Bill Palmer, Oh well, maybe next year. You have to scroll down past his disappointment in Steve's keynote to get to the section titled, Not so rosy. Bill echos another thought that I've had, which is the fact of the matter is we don't know what went on between Arlo Rose and Apple concerning Dashboard.

We do know that they have a history that includes a previous legal tussle over Kaleidoscope. We do know that neither side is maintaining a fan club for the other. But beyond that, neither you nor I know exactly what transpired. Bill does a good job of bringing that point to light.

Remember that old saying about disagreements? There are two sides to every story: yours and the sh*t head's. I'm not sure which one is which here. But I do have a request: I'd like to see more visible Apple support for independent developers. As Brent Simmons says, "It’s just good PR. Worth ten times the price they would have paid."

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit