Panic Discontinuing 'Status Board' Data Visualization App

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Panic, the famed developer behind apps like Coda and Transit, today announced that it is discontinuing its Status Board app for iPad. The app was released in early 2013 and was intended to help people easily view a variety of relevant data in a beautiful interface.

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The developer says that sales weren't enough to sustain further development, outlining three reasons for low sales. While Panic was hoping to find a sweet spot in between the pro and consumer markets, it found that the market for Status Board was almost entirely pros. Those pro users expected better integration with a wide variety of data sources but Panic wasn't able to provide that with the limited resources the app generated. And finally, Panic says they were on the "wrong side of the overall 'want a status board' budget" as companies bought $3,000 displays to show off its $10 app.

The app will continue to work for those who have it installed with two caveats. Dropbox support will stop in June 2017 and the app's weather service will end in late 2017. Panic is also urging customers who purchased Status Board in the past 30 days to contact them. While Apple does not provide a way for the company to do refunds directly, it will do what it can to help.

Finally, Panic notes that it's not feasible for them to open source Status Board because it shares frameworks and code shared by its other apps.

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51 months ago

iPad is the future of computing. Sales have stabilised, and next year I fully expect to see some incredible new iPads break all tablet sales records. 2017 will be the year of iPad (RIP Mac).

Please know you're wrong. People are more likely to give Apple the finger and switch to Windows than move over completely to an iPad.
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51 months ago

iPad is the future of computing. Sales have stabilised, and next year I fully expect to see some incredible new iPads break all tablet sales records. 2017 will be the year of iPad (RIP Mac).

I expect the 2017 iPad to be like the 2016, only thinner and with slightly better performance. And nothing that can replace a computer for anyone wanting it for more than just basic use.
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51 months ago
I'd hate to see Panic go under. I enjoy their apps, Transmit is great and for a web developer Coda looks fantastic too.

Hope this isn't a foreboding sign. They're one of the best Mac developers.

PS: Article says "Transit" not "Transmit" and links to an unrelated app.
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51 months ago

If they didn't have the ability to support the types of things that $3000 display purchasers were looking to monitor, then they clearly should not have posted a picture in the screenshot section of this app on the App Store that shows somebody looking at its output on a large wall-mounted display.

Perhaps another way to put it would be that they clearly do not understand the potential market to which this type of app appeals. Too expensive and also not compelling enough for the average consumer to purchase, while sorely lacking the support that an enterprise-level product would demand.

They positioned themselves outside of either market quite well. Kudos in that regard. That was executed almost perfectly.

Reminds me of the old "7 P's" adage.

I'm not sure one of the best developers in the Apple ecosystem needs a lecture from you, especially when your talking points are all taken from their own blog post anyway. Nevertheless, here we are and you aren't the only one heaping blame and lols on them.

I suspect the truth here is that there is no 'sweet spot' in the App Store for semi professional software. It clearly needed to be more expensive because of its niche appeal, but the store reviewers have their own thoughts on the $10 price...

"severely limited given the £6.99 price"
"early adopter tax in full force"
"frankly is a joke and feels like a rip-off"
"seems like a gouge to be honest"

And these are just from the first page. Any higher and the Legion of Cheapskates would have gone into meltdown.

The problem is Apple and it's inability or refusal to cultivate a proper professional marketplace for iOS. On macOS you can buy from the MAS or the open market, and the difference between the two is vast. On iOS we only have the official store and we can only image what an open market would provide for users with deeper pockets and specialist needs.
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51 months ago

I'm not sure one of the best developers in the Apple ecosystem needs a lecture from you, especially when your talking points are all taken from their own blog post anyway. Nevertheless, here we are and you aren't the only one heaping blame and lols on them.

I never thought I'd quote Forrest Gump, but "Stupid is as stupid does, sir." Any developer that cannot price its own markets accordingly and then complains it didn't generate millions of sales when it didn't spend any time on the software (gauging by its "severe limitations") deserves what it gets. A true "PRO" App would be priced higher, but have more features as well. But then they've ignored a MUCH LARGER market. In other words, why didn't they port this to OS X (macOS)? Most Macs support at least two monitors and this would be a great App for a second screen and they could sell it independent of the App Store. It's easy to port to Mac from iOS. But no, apparently it's too much effort to "support" the App on iOS to even continue existing sales. In other words, it's already done so why stop selling it? Customers are irate because updates are too infrequent, but they won't be irate about discontinuing it period??? Sorry, but that makes no sense. I suspect the software will suddenly appear on the Microsoft Surface platform in the near future or something to that effect (perhaps they sold it to a 3rd party for a large lump sum and simply don't want to tell customers right now as they would be enraged?).


I suspect the truth here is that there is no 'sweet spot' in the App Store for semi professional software. It clearly needed to be more expensive because of its niche appeal, but the store reviewers have their own thoughts on the $10 price...

"severely limited given the £6.99 price"
"early adopter tax in full force"
"frankly is a joke and feels like a rip-off"
"seems like a gouge to be honest"

And these are just from the first page. Any higher and the Legion of Cheapskates would have gone into meltdown.

I have found it strange that Apple users are so damn cheap when it comes to buying software when they happily give Apple SO MUCH MONEY for overpriced hardware. I guess they spent all their money on the hardware and have none left for software. But this is pretty much true of all smart phones. It also seems like there's this stigma against intellectual property in general. It's not tangible in the same way a phone sitting in your hand is so it's not worth anything (i.e. people will spend as it says here $3000 for a piece of hardware and then don't want to spend a dime on software for it).


The problem is Apple and it's inability or refusal to cultivate a proper professional marketplace for iOS. On macOS you can buy from the MAS or the open market, and the difference between the two is vast. On iOS we only have the official store and we can only image what an open market would provide for users with deeper pockets and specialist needs.

The problem is Apple has not only "not cultivated" a PRO market, they've actively DESTROYED their existing Pro markets on the Mac!!! They had a large Pro market for Final Cut Pro, Logic and other uses and stopped supporting the Mac Pro and then ultimately replaced it with a trash can with no internal expansion and yet despite their claims of their "flagship" being the future, they haven't updated THAT "Pro" model in over 3 years now!!! (and haven't lowered the price either, making it a fracking JOKE). They took Final Cut Pro and rewrote it and released it before it was ready and destroyed that market as well (or transformed it into a sub-pro market, which is what they seem to think is their real market; wannabes galore). They ditched Aperture altogether and tell people that piece of GARBAGE software called 'Photos" is good enough. They pushed all the Mac software into DOWNGRADES for the sake of the iOS iPad market parity and the problem is that no one really gives a flying crap about iPads anymore (gimmick that just didn't pan out; it's not comfortable/ergonomic to use an iPad all day long for starters and hence the reason tablets will NEVER "replace" desktops.

This is where Microsoft "gets it" and makes tablets that can turn into desktops for longer and more ergonomic use. Apple refuses to admit a hybrid is a good idea and they will pay for it in the long run as history repeats itself and Apple becomes less and less relevant over time. They're already dropping down down down to less than 20% of the market. What happens when they hit less than 10%? 5%? Apple should look their own company history from the 1990s and think long and hard about the long term future of the word "propriety"). How can Apple seriously expect the iPad Pro to sell to a true "Pro" market when they refuse to support such markets and actively destroy existing ones? Their sheer GREED, arrogance and controlling nature in regards to the "App Store" (where they can just can your product at any time for any reason) was the first nail in their coffin. You can't just tell people what they can and cannot do on your platform while other platforms are more open and expect everything to just keep falling your way in the long run. If it weren't for Steam, I wouldn't even be buying any games for the Mac anymore (Mac App Store is a joke).
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51 months ago
Well yeah, the iPad has always been a gimmicky and unnecessary purchase for the vast majority of people. Sales have been dropping for all tablets for a while.
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