Tuesday, December 28, 2004
How to doom a great idea
Unfortunately, the implementation of Omniscope requires a special downloaded plug-in to read the "IOK" files. I can't understand why anyone would take the effort these days to develop a product that requires yet another "free viewer". Users don't want to download something they won't use but occasionally. The marketplace is littered with failed free viewers. Not even the might of Sun can compel people to download Java if it isn't preinstalled. The hassle of downloading aside, every third party plug in is yet another opportunity for one's computer to become burdened with bugs and system conflicts.
Iokio, the makers of Omniscope, have a demo on their site created in Java that doesn't need a viewer. They should have stuck to open source, even if it took more thought on how to make money from that approach.
Nobody complains about having to install Excel, and even using IE to look at applets requires a 'free viewer'; what do you think IE is? Bottom line - you want heavy duty functionality on your pc, you'll have to grit your teeth and install an app. Deal with it.
Perhaps since my original posting, Omniscope are announcing a "lightweight" Flash FeatureFinder that is coming soon. They say: "The created Flash™ SWF file is easily embedded in a web page and does not require software installation." Which was my point exactly. I wish they every sucess with it, as I love the concept, just not the orginal implementation.