Apple Designed Software

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Here's a question for you all to ponder. The rumors have been flying that Apple will begin producing additional software titles to compliment their already powerful selection of software (iLife, OS X, Quicktime, Keynote..etc.) the question now remains, what comes next? The logical answer would be more Office related titles. But that's the obvious. What about the unobvious? What software would you like to see Apple produce? How would the software you suggest benefit the Apple community as opposed to current offerings from other vendors? Do you support older systems and OS's, or do you cut all ties and use Jaguar as a starting off point? Enjoy speculating, that's what makes these forums so interesting.

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  • Reply 1 of 18
    foxofoxo Posts: 11member
    I think Apple should acquire the SonyEricsson Clicker App and intigrate it into the finder. Its a great little widget program that among other things can pause iTunes when you leave the proximity of your Bluetooth enabled SonyEricsson T68i cell phone. Imagine having your computer check your email automatically when you walk up to it or pause a DVD movie when you need to visit the bathroom. The possibilities are endless for this neat little widget. Providing another useful reason for the need of having Bluetooth aboard.



    [quote]Originally posted by Brian Green:

    <strong>Here's a question for you all to ponder. The rumors have been flying that Apple will begin producing additional software titles to compliment their already powerful selection of software (iLife, OS X, Quicktime, Keynote..etc.) the question now remains, what comes next? The logical answer would be more Office related titles. But that's the obvious. What about the unobvious? What software would you like to see Apple produce? How would the software you suggest benefit the Apple community as opposed to current offerings from other vendors? Do you support older systems and OS's, or do you cut all ties and use Jaguar as a starting off point? Enjoy speculating, that's what makes these forums so interesting. </strong><hr></blockquote>
  • Reply 2 of 18
    I would like apple to come out with a type managment application for osx in the likes of atm. a pro application that costs as much as other such applications like suitcase etc.; to not upset them. it is badly needed, because all the other existing type managment apps for osx suck and look very ugly. or: adobe releases an osx version of atm after all...
  • Reply 3 of 18
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    Apple won't be producing new stuff that supports older OS versions. Why would they? Every must-have app that runs only in X is a potential conversion sale for OS 9ers, and I suspect that when Quark finally get their act together the floodgates will break on X adoption rates.



    I'm extremely keen to see what the rumoured April-launched Appleworks 7 holds, because my belief is that this will give a lot of pointers to Apple's future software direction.
  • Reply 3 of 18
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,294member
    I want an App that is based on a small Database runtime invironment. This Apple would have plugins that allow the App to synch to Remotes DB's and display the results.



    The uses would be similar to Gracenote.



    I want to be able to have plugins that would.



    Display thumbnails of my CD Collection and DVD Collection including pertinent info. See <a href="http://www.dvdprofiler.com"; target="_blank">www.dvdprofiler.com</a> for this done right.



    With this you could easily have an iApp that's merely a container for viewing any type of data. Apple could set up some free services and then charge for more the really cool items in .mac.



    I think they should call the app DBcooper.
  • Reply 5 of 18
    dave k.dave k. Posts: 1,306member
    [quote]Originally posted by Brian Green:

    <strong>Here's a question for you all to ponder. The rumors have been flying that Apple will begin producing additional software titles to compliment their already powerful selection of software (iLife, OS X, Quicktime, Keynote..etc.) the question now remains, what comes next? The logical answer would be more Office related titles. But that's the obvious. What about the unobvious? What software would you like to see Apple produce? How would the software you suggest benefit the Apple community as opposed to current offerings from other vendors? Do you support older systems and OS's, or do you cut all ties and use Jaguar as a starting off point? Enjoy speculating, that's what makes these forums so interesting. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Here are some Apple branded software applications I would love to see:



    Greeting Card Software

    Calendar Creator Killer

    iPublish (Quark or InDesign Lite)

    POS for Small Business Owners (the Apple Store version would work fine)

    X10 Home Automation Software (and Hardware)

    Apple Branded Games

    Project Management Software

    Money Software



    Just to name a few.



    Dave



    [ 02-26-2003: Message edited by: Dave K. ]</p>
  • Reply 6 of 18
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,807member
    My top 5 software release requests:



    1. Final version of Safari. With AutoFill. I don't do beta software, period...



    2. CocoaOffice. We've got Filemaker, Keynote, Mail, iCal and Address Book. Now tie in a Word Processor and Spreadsheet so we can actually get work done.



    3. iPublish, basically something that puts MS Publisher out of its misery. Preferably by Adobe, but they seem not to get the idea (though they'll complain when Apple does it.) :confused:



    4. iFax. I've only been waiting 5 years, what's a few more? Apple saw it fit to integrate email communications but forgot the fax machine for some reason.



    5. Mapping software. Neither of the Canadian map programs (MapArt or Perlys) are Mac-compatible. Microsoft created Streets and Trips because it's obvious that people have to go out of the house/office now and then. Oh, and tie it into iCal and Address Book.



    BONUS! Bible software with iTunes-like interface. Now that would be easy and extremely cool.
  • Reply 7 of 18
    spookyspooky Posts: 504member
    I'd lile to see apple make a killer 3D app. take something like Blender or Rhino and do what they did to FCP.



    Maya on X was great news but at no point does it ever even pretend to adhere to mac interface and ease of use ideas.
  • Reply 8 of 18
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    [quote]Originally posted by Frank777:

    <strong>2. CocoaOffice. We've got Filemaker, Keynote, Mail, iCal and Address Book. Now tie in a Word Processor and Spreadsheet so we can actually get work done.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Should be in Appleworks 7.



    [quote]<strong>3. iPublish, basically something that puts MS Publisher out of its misery. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Allegedly already in Appleworks 7.



    [quote]<strong>4. iFax. I've only been waiting 5 years, what's a few more? Apple saw it fit to integrate email communications but forgot the fax machine for some reason. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    I suspect this is one of those areas where Apple would say "we're not going to develop software just to force a competitor out of business". Besides, fax is a fast-dying technology.



    [quote]<strong>BONUS! Bible software with iTunes-like interface. Now that would be easy and extremely cool.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Can't see Apple doing this, since they'd have to provide texts for all the major religions if they weren't to be accused of discrimination, and it would be a major nightmare. Nice idea, though, someone should pick it up.



    Lastly, in reply to spooky the amount of work that would go into Apple developing a 3D package would be enormous: can't rule it out, but it would be an absolute mountain to climb not just to create such a thing, but to achieve any degree of market share with it, unless of course they went down the road of buying one of the existing players. There should be some interesting upshots from the Shake purchase in terms of compositing: iMovie with composition would be awesome.



    [ 02-26-2003: Message edited by: Overhope ]



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  • Reply 9 of 18
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    Actually, NeXT did have 3D frameowrks like Renderman and some modeling tools. Stone Design built a modeler around their frameowrks. Makes you wonder if they're able to port that stuff at this point. But I don't necessarily think it's something they could really keep up with the rest of the industry, even a basic modeler. They would have better success pulling another eMagic purchase -- supporting a current high-end developer and letting them be semi-autonomous to develop their products.



    I'm not sure there's such a thing as a casual user's 3D modeler anyway.
  • Reply 10 of 18
    tkntkn Posts: 224member
    1. Fax



    Many millions of people still send and receive faxes amazingly enough. Apple should integrate fax software, it would be easy and cheap.



    Here's the best way to do it:



    Add a fax mailbox and a fax template for outgoing messages to Mail.app to make it the central central clearinghouse for media. Add a fax printer driver.



    2. Voicemail



    I know what else I would like to see, I've posted it before, voice mail software So I can eliminate my answering machine. Preferably with speech recognition to convert the messages to text. Integrate it with Mail.app as well. Use Caller-ID to get from info and link to Address Book.



    3. .mac Blogging



    Why should I need cgi and perl to set up blogging



    4. Balance



    Personal finance software. Quicken and Money both suck.



    5. iChat video



    Videoconferencing, also with telephone capabilities so that I can connect to a Vialta Beamer videophone.



    6. iTivo



    PVR functionality through the firewire jack (requires special hardware)



    That about sums up what I want to see from Apple to begin with....



    P.S. AppleWorks that doesn't suck
  • Reply 11 of 18
    hobbeshobbes Posts: 1,252member
    How about a superior Mac alternative to FrontPage?



    No simple (but much more advanced than .Mac HomePage) web site-building program exists for the Mac -- it's a real gap. Claris HomePage used to fill this space -- now it's gone.
  • Reply 12 of 18
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    How about Games?? MS produces games too!
  • Reply 13 of 18
    Is it possible to misspell "frameworks" more times than I did?



    I'd love it if Apple took their implementation of the PDF spec to the next level -- instead of just rendering 2D as PDFs, to create PDF forms and give more destillery services to users with their own framework, based on either Frank Seigert's work with PStill or ghostscript.
  • Reply 14 of 18
    something that will scratch my balls for me.

    what? i can't do it all the time. i do have to get some sleep.
  • Reply 15 of 18
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,807member
    Uh, Scissors...if you have to be vulgar, at least you could try to be funny too. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />



    Originally quoted by Overhope:

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    3. iPublish, basically something that puts MS Publisher out of its misery.

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    Allegedly already in Appleworks 7.



    I must have missed this. Where did you hear DTP was being integrated into AppleWorks 7?
  • Reply 16 of 18
    * a "themed" word processor:

    imagine, like in Keynote: you decide a theme for your words: a weblog, a cartoon, a illustrated book - then you place your content; rest is done by your favorite machine; templates are as iDVD etc.-



    * a music maker software

    a get a usb/midi interface or a usb/microfone, the software accompanys you while playing your music; you select your style; you import your own music; software harmoizes etc. have you seen the presentation fo this damned good guitar player from apple, what's his name?, at The Power of X? music IS a business for apple, home made music IS an iApp thing.
  • Reply 17 of 18
    mimacmimac Posts: 871member
    IMHO one of the most potentially useful and best apps yet to appear....



    Video conferencing app. that works well over dial-up and broadband and has multiple user windows integrated with iChat.



    Has to be secure p2p chat and drivers built in for most current web cams AND DV camcorders, utilising either built in Mac mic/external/or cam mic.



    Also with the ability to save a conference to DVD and able to tell you when someone is "on-line" when you're using another app.



    How hard for Apple would this be to achieve?

    Now that would be cool!
  • Reply 18 of 18
    [quote]Originally posted by Frank777:

    <strong>Uh, Scissors...if you have to be vulgar, at least you could try to be funny too. <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />



    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    who's trying to be funny? :eek:
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