Some of you have noticed about very similar app available on Mac App Store called CodeBox. To clarify this situation I’ll tell you a little bit of history. Back in early 2009 I got an idea for storing and managing of code snippets. Since I am a web developer I invited Vadim to join and develop Snippets for Mac. He didn’t even know what snippet itself were, but he was ready to join this project to help implementing of my ideas.
Since then many things have happened. I think we’ve built great product for developers who love using Snippets, we know it from your feedback :). We even took runner-up position on Ars Design Award in category “Most Innovative Mac OS X App”. There were some other applications like snippets before our launch, but Snippets became the best and most innovative product. Thank you very much for your support.
Since the beginning we had some disagreements about the way to go and the future of the Snippets, main of them are:
- I thought we should go freemium (like Evernote does); Vadim wanted shareware.
- I wanted to grow as a company making the platform and offering more stuff; he liked to be indie developer focusing on Mac only development.
- I wanted either app to be free (making money from additional services) or more expensive than cheap; he wanted app to be very cheap (literally 5$).
So, before releasing our latest 1.2 version he decided to leave Snippets to do something new, maybe for iOS. As he said. May be he did something else, but a day before launch of Mac App Store he decided to compile Snippets with some features cut, small UI changes and a different name. He even forgot to change the name Snippets to his new name everywhere. FAIL.
What is the difference?
For now not much. As I said, in Vadim’s application there are small UI changes, lack of some features, price and availability in Mac App Store. Of course, we have different future since we will go different ways like we wanted all the time.
As I mentioned before, all of the ideas implemented in the app were mine. Without them Snippets wouldn’t be the most innovative app being just a couple of months on the market. As one of the Snippets user said by email "ideas are the difference between good and mediocre software".
Anyway, competition is GOOD! We will see how we could simplify a developers’ daily job.
There is Snippets on Mac App Store.
Right, and this is very confusing. Someone has taken name Snippets on Mac App Store. I have already contacted developers to resolve this situation but nothing has changed yet. And the answer is "Yes" for the another popular question "Will Snippets be available in Mac App Store?".
The work on Snippets is actively going on, but direction will be changed a little bit and new cool features are coming. I’m going to write another blog post about my final decisions, plans and the future of Snippets. Please follow us on Twitter, subscribe to this blog’s RSS or subscribe by email. I have really good news for you. Stay tuned!
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