Q: Thanks for taking the time out to answer some of my inanne questions. Does this acquisition mean that there will be a new version of NNW very soon? Will it be 3.0, or a dot release?
A: There will be a new version in the coming months and it will sync using the
NewsGator Online synchronization platform. A decision on the version number
has not been made.
Q: I know many fans of NNW feel a connection to you and your wife, Sheila (or perhaps I am just a freaky internet stalker), will Sheila be joining NewsGator as well?
A: Sheila will not be joining NewsGator. She's looking forward to using
NetNewsWire as other people get to use it!
Q: How does it feel to move from being an independent developer for so long to working for a company that isn't yours?
A: Well, first of all, let's rewind. I was an independent developer back in
1995 and part of 1996. Then I worked for UserLand from 1996 until early
2002. Many years. I remember, leaving UserLand, that I got all this email
from people saying *goodbye* to me. I told them I wasn't going anywhere! And
I wasn't. So the thing to know is that I'm still here, the same person --
and I'm still working on NetNewsWire.
Being an independent developer is a great, fun, fantastic experience. It's
But it can also take up all your nights and weekends. The more success you
have, the more users you have -- and the less time you have for programming.
Most people, even other developers, forget about this, or can't really
imagine the scale unless they've been there.
The biggest thing is that you have a responsibility to your users -- they
support you by buying your software, of course, but also by providing great
feedback and great moral support. Mac users totally root for you if you
treat them well and with respect.
But this responsibility also means recognizing when you need more resources.
Sheila and I could have stayed an independent developer team forever, but
NetNewsWire users deserve a product with more resources behind it. And I
want to give them the features they keep asking us for -- better syncing and
syncing with newsreaders on other operating systems and devices.
Q: NNW was certainly Ranchero's big ticket app, but what of MarsEdit? Will I have to use something else to update my blog? Don't make me cry, Brent.
A: Decisions have not yet been made regarding MarsEdit, BigCat, Huevos, and
TigerLaunch. I don't want to make anyone cry! But that brings up the point
exactly -- the users (you!) are what's important.
Q: Does this mean there might be a Windows version of NNW at some point?
A: Check out FeedDemon!
Q: Is this all a plot to turn NewsGator into a Mac only company?
A: Of course! Which is just another step in my scheme to turn the entire world
into Mac users. ;)
Q: What is the one question you wished I had asked, and the answer? :)
A: "Will you still write inessential.com?"
Yes! I started my weblog in 1999, when I was working at UserLand. I
continued it when I went independent, and I'll continue it now. (I'm not the
only NewsGator blogger, by the way: see also Nick Bradbury and Greg Reinacker I wouldn't be surprised if there are others I don't know about yet.)
So there you have it folks, NetNewsWire will continue and hopefully only get bigger and better with this deal.