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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
I have a desktop application with a one-time fee payment and I want to create a similar application targeted at another niche with a different pricing model and features.
I'm planning on create a new UI from scratch for the new app because of the following reasons:
1. I don't want to make it look like the existing one.
2. It will have a different pricing model.
3. The pricing will have a additional monthly fee.
Is this a reasonable way to set thing up?
If it is a WPF application based on MVVM, you can only change your views (XAML code) and not rewrite the logic.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I worked at a company that did exactly this, put a different UI on an existing engine, with different features so that it would not be competing with the original software. Unfortunately we went ahead and coded it without checking whether users actually wanted or needed the new software. It did not sell very well, only a couple of thousand dollars of sales, but ALOT of resources went into it, even if the engine was the same, the polish you need to put into software takes alot it time - so it made a good loss.
I would recommend that you treat the new UI/niche as a new product and do some or all of the basic stuff you would do with a new product, like ensuring the niche actually exists, that the users are willing to pay for the software, that they want the features in the new UI etc
I don't know your niche, but how many of your current users will know about second software?
If the niche is absolutelly different, it means no one will know both your software. And in this case doing of a new UI in waste of time for you. Do it if:
1) You plan to sell second software to the same auditory #1 software has
2) If you IMPROOVE the UI
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