Loc: United States
As much as I liked the menu bar functionality too, I think the complaint about it not being there borders on nit-pickiness. It takes half a nanosecond to launch, and you could very easily add it to the 'login items' queue and have it always be open when you need it...<br><br><br><br>[color:red]5.19.05 - The 'Jedi Slaughter' tour begins!</font color=red>
Loc: New Hampshire
"IW is perfectly fine for many people, and I'm sure there are quite a few who like the fact that it is no longer a menu bar app – but if I had to bet, I would bet there are more that don't like it now, because now it's just another app that needs to be launched, so I might as well use a real image editor like PS, GC, Gimp, etc..."<br><br>Actually, we are very pleased with the download results of version 2 and it's popularity. Soon we'll be putting out a version 3 of ImageWell with more enhancements based on feedback we get from version 2. Menu bar option doesn't even hit the radar of suggestions from our version 2 users - I guess they like launching an app. So I guess if you are looking for a menu bar image editing application - ImageWell is not the product for you, anymore.<br><br>In early beta testing of version 2, your feedback of ImageWell losing 90% of it's appeal might have been true for users that like menu bar applications, but based on real data from all Mac users we've concluded that more users like regular applications than menu bar applications. Our goal is not to make neat little menu bar utilities, but to provide solutions to problems we think are target audience has. In the case of ImageWell, the solution we provide is a handy way to quickly edit photos and upload them to a server.<br><br>In the case of ShutterBug, we provide a simple WYSIWYG photo album or photo journal application that requires no knowledge of HTML to create and upload websites. We provide 45 different templates and hope to cover just about everyone's taste in what they like in a look. For more creative types, the built in WYSWYG layout editor lets them create their own look easily and quickly. The final output of ShutterBug is HTML + CSS which renders correctly across multiple platforms and browsers without the users having know the technical details of creating a website. From the feedback received so far from our target audience we have hit the nail on the head so to speak and have a wealth of valuable feedback on how to improve our product in future versions, our only problem is time and getting out updates quickly.<br><br>To say our templates are crap not only offends us, but our customers that use them and are proud of their photo website they have created. Everyone has a different taste in what they like, personally your website design is not something I would choose, but you've spent a lot of time getting your look they way you like it - and ShutterBug can create that look too, easily and quickly. It's another tool among the 15,000 or so OS X applications people can choose. I am proud of the choice we can offer.<br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Shutterbug is mediocre at best, I've seen dozens of apps that do the same thing, and do it much better. <p><hr></blockquote><p>Like what?<br><br>There is definitely a host of other apps to make quick webpages for photos, but is there anything as versatile as SB?<br><br>
I still have v1 of ImageWell on my PowerBook due to my laziness and after using it the other day when compared to v2 on my desktop, I have to say I much prefer v2.<br><br>An excellent product IMO.<br><br>
Oh come on! You know he's right...just like he was with B&H photo/video. <br><br>Sorry Giz, but I agree with the others here. Imagewell is awesome and I use it all the time. I'm still amazed that it's free!<br><br>I haven't used a recent Shutterbug lately only because my younger brother moved the domains and now I have to get that straightened out. <br><br>
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
I was gonna ask you guys how the heck you got that ImageWell icon in the main menu bar.<br><br>Turns out I would've known, had I not waited to try IW until the newer version came down the pipeline.<br><br>
You are right, of course, that IW and SB provide a valuable service to the people who do like them Ð I have no argument with you on that. In fact, I still recommend ImageWell to many people looking for the limited feature set, but extreme ease of use Ð hopefully those links on the many forums I recommended IW on are still garnering you some downloads. I speak for myself when I say that IW just doesn't hold the value for me anymore, and I know many people who feel the same way. Perhaps I'm a victim of wanting more on the Mac. As far as Shutterbug, and Trog's question of what else is out there, there are many options availabe. Photoshop has a built-in export feature that will do the same thing, and it is also customizable, there is iView Media, Portfolio, iBlog, Web Photos Pro and many more Ð not to mention the dozens and dozens of web-based services like Flickr, and still more full-featured web solutions such as WordPress, Drupal, etc... that all offer an absurd amount of control over the Web site. And regarding SB's built-in templates, I must admit I haven't looked at all of them, but all of the samples I saw were (I never said Crap! ) horribly amateur in appearance. Unlike many apps that do similar things, you have built in a WYSIWYG editor Ð and that's great, obviously I could make a better template if I so choose. But for an app that basically is directed at users with no skill level (or perhaps they have the skill, and no time) to create their own site, I'm left feeling like my site built by Shutterbug will look like it was made with some half-baked Windows program Ð rather than the powerful Mac tool that SB is. I guess what I'm saying is, I think you would be doing yourself a huge favor by making some incredibly visually stunning templates and including them with SB, rather than the massively underwhelming, ho-hum templates that it comes with now. <br><br><br><br>CreativeGuy: For your "fix" of design software tips, tricks & commentary.
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I think you would be doing yourself a huge favor by making some incredibly visually stunning templates<p><hr></blockquote><p>Well then, Mr. Pickypants, since I believe Hagen is a programer and not a graphic designer or art director, why don't YOU do him the huge favor of creating some visually stunning templates. Afterall, you is CreativeGuy, is you not? Udderwise, go find a real cat to kick! <br><br>
Loc: New Hampshire
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Well then, Mr. Pickypants, since I believe Hagen is a programer and not a graphic designer or art director, why don't YOU do him the huge favor of creating some visually stunning templates. Afterall, you is CreativeGuy, is you not? Udderwise, go find a real cat to kick!<p><hr></blockquote><p>Even a link to a existing visually stunning photo album on the web and a quick explanation why it's visually stunning.<br><br>It's easy to have a blanket criticism and call something 'ho hum' without having to show an alternative.<br>
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