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Poll: Your app - desktop or web?

Is it possible to get people on the forum to post if they are selling a desktop or web app?  Also, is it developor centric?  Just wanting to know what those demographics are like for mISVs here.
digging
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
desktop - not developer specific.
Bob Walsh Send private email
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
Desktop with web interface
Donald Adams
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
desktop - Training
printing
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
Web app - not targeted to developers
Brian Send private email
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
I'm not feeling too well so I will be bloody minded and say that when my app is ready for sale, it will combine both desktop and internet. It is also going to be developer centric.

Aaron
Aaron DC Send private email
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
Desktop. Not developer centric.
NickB Send private email
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
Desktop and web and developer centric. But not a product. :-)
Geetha S Send private email
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
 
 
Thanks for people leaving their links.  This is good stuff.
digging
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop with web interface
Siddharta Govindaraj Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Or maybe I should say local network with web interface. Developer centric.
Siddharta Govindaraj Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Bingo Card Creator: Desktop application targetting consumer with low technical ability.

Second Application (in development): Web app targetting consumer with low-medium technical ability.
Patrick McKenzie Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop - not developer centric
BrianM Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop. Not devevelopercentric.
Mr. Analogy Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop, desktop, and desktop

Im considering a couple of web ideas though, the chances of 'stumbling' on a massive user group seems to get bigger ocne you distribute to the web directly.
workingHard
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web, not for developers.
Oliver Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop. Not developer centric.


Historical Note:
================
When links were first added to this forum (many moons ago), I looked at over 50 sites to gauge the mix of products the forum regulars were developing. IIRC, at the time over half made developer-centric or IT-related (e.g. system admin) products.
Nick Hebb Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web +widget -not developer specific
pete Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop and web - not developer centric, but many developer customers
Mark Griebling
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web - not dev
Ben Mc Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop - not developer specific.
Wouter Dhondt Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop: Both for developers and "normal" users

Regards.
AV
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop
Marcus Tettmar Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop - not developer centric

I started selling a developer tool but quickly realised it wasn't going to be a commercial success so killed it.
Tony Edgecombe
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop with a web interface in the planning.
Chris goCRM Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop, not developer oriented
Andy Brice Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web for Web designer, web masters and developers
Michael Mathy Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
We're seeling desktop development tools (specifically: a Visual Studio add-in). Provided you can get teams to buy in (as opposed to individual developers) it's definitely a market you can make a living in if you have the right product.
Anna-Jayne Metcalfe Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
"seeling"? That should of course be "selling" LOL.

Where's that "Edit my mis-spelled post" button when you need it...? ;)
Anna-Jayne Metcalfe Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop, developer oriented.
Girish Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop, not for developers
MB Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop - For developers
Conkerjoe
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop for specific business niche.
Marcus from Melbourne
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop - Not for developers, for musicians.
Ryan Smyth Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Currently in development, desktop with web sharing of customised checklists and report templates. Definiely not for developers.
Mark Pearce Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web, and not developer centric.
Scott Carpenter Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop - IDE for developer niche
BennyBeta Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
What's the difference between desktop and web?  You should ask whether it is fat client or browser based.  My software is fat client but it can connect to the server over the web or over the LAN, so is it desktop or web?  These days the line between desktop and web is blurring.

Its not developer centric. Its B2B.
Donald Duck
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop. Not developer centric.
Jason Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop - Electronics Engineer centric
Verilog Simulator
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop, IT focused.
PA
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web, and not developer centric.
Joeinmi Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Current - Desktop, non-developer
Future - Hybrid.  Desktop/Web/Mobile, non-developer
-Rob
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web - Not developer centric.
Rob Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web app - not targeted to developers
cedsav Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web
Patrick From An IBank Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop, not targeted at developers.

-David
David Michael Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop
dood mcdoogle
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop.
asmguru62 Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop, not for developers
Orson Kart
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
+1 Donald Duck.
Oliver Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop and also can be launched from webserver using webstart
Nilesh Jethwa Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
web/thin client - b2b - not dev targetted
Scott Meade Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Re: Donald Duck makes a good point but the majority of apps can be clearly defined by their creators as either desktop or web.  There's always outliers that don't quite fit a simple distinction, but here most people consider web app to mean:

1. no "install" on each users' computer and
2. no data on users' computers (other than cookies?).
Scott Meade Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
First (failed) app: Desktop/Developers

Current app: Web/Non-techies

Learning from my mistakes...
Johnny Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
desktop -  not for developers
Boo
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
-1 Donald Duck

I think the overwhelming majority of developers would read desktop vs. web as locally installed vs. browser based.  It's not about whether it communicates beyond the local machine.

This is not a difficult distinction.
N.H. Fig
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
web based - not developer centric
Mark Bellegia Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Just in case someone post before me, this is up to Mark Bellegia.

Desktop: 38..7.5%
Web: 13..25.5%
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51 (includes +1)

Developer: 8..15.5%
Other: 43..84.5%
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51 (includes +1)

About the definitions: If the app is desktop using web, it's desktop.  To extend that a little, if something has to be downloaded and installed to make the app run at all, it's desktop. Web is completely browser based.  If
you can use it disconnected from the Internet and still use it, it's desktop.  Yes - I know that will probably invite disagreements but that's what the numbers are based on.

If the ISV offers two versions - desktop and web, each one got a count.  So, that's 2 for the company in the total above and gives the +1.  I counted Mark Griebling twice - once for desktop and once for web.  The overall numbers should be  fairly accurate.

Grouped into desktop:
- Geetha S
- Michael Mathy

For developer vs. other, I gave a +1 to "AV".
digging
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Should have been
38..74.5%

Anywho, my good deed for the day.
digging
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Web for web designers and marketing agencies.
Ben Richardson Send private email
Thursday, March 22, 2007
 
 
Desktop - for developers and DBAs.
Alexander Kojevnikov Send private email
Friday, March 23, 2007
 
 
Desktop, not targeted at developers.
Brad Thomas Send private email
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
 
 

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