In the big picture for me, I have been doing graphics since 1988. Mac always had the productivity advantage based upon things like their Human Interface Guidelines, and others that we all know about.
Not that much true anymore. Now its the quality of the interface provided by the app, not nearly so much by the operating system. On that basis, Windows would be viable for me. I commonly use as many as 10 apps to produce a project, so I begin to wonder just how important the operating system is. I use Windows 10 in a school environment, and it really is a no-drama OS, I think 75-90% of its problems relate to Flash. The Microsoft suite is God-awful complex, yet it works pretty well, I just don’t like their workflows.
As I said, the difference is now more in the individual app as opposed to the OS.
So If Hype was available for both, I would have to make a choice and for the first time since 1988, I would get serious about evaluating it.
I totally understand what would be involved, and if it caused the kind of challenges that others have talked about, then NO, because we don’t want to mess with the best development team in the business which we have at Tumult. That would be the critical factor for me.
I read a lot of Mac publications. Anyone who think that the Mac is going to be with us forever might just be kidding ourselves. I could be wrong, but a LOT of people are just as worried as I am, and we can’t all be considered crazy.
So, my stopgap plan is to buy a 2010-2012 Mac Pro cheese grater, the latest that can run Sierra so far. Not that I am any more of a fan of Sierra than anything newer than Snow Leopard, I can’t decide whether an Apple “Upgrade” is actually a “Change For The Change of Change downgrade” in many respects. I am really backing away from iCloud, and almost all Apple apps. The only common Apple apps that I use are Mail, Safari, Notes, Calendar, Maps is actually ok for me. Safari less every day due to compatibility issues at many sites. Firefox works. Mail is perpetually confused about accounts, of necessity I have 5 and at least once a day, I have to remember to do all iCloud mail in the browser version because Mail as often as not wants to send mail messages through one of the other accounts, which of course cannot work. I think the Apple “wiring diagram” has become like a 1960’s Italian or British sports car electrical diagram, the “Maybe” version where no one is sure what is connected to what. Or like older International brand trucks which were wired in all Black,I kid you not! You have to be old to know what they were.
Doing the Mac Pro thing might lock me to Sierra, who knows??? I don’t think Apple knows where they are going, for sure not telling us. So if true, I could theoretically then be locked to some future version of Hype and not be able to upgrade past what my computers can run…but we might be there in any case depending on what Apple does. And if that happens I will work with the latest version of Hype I can run and let it go at that.
We all know that Jonathan, Daniel and all the rest have to follow the "upgrade"path with operating systems in order to give us features that can be added, and we can’t blame them.
I will be around either way. Personally, I wonder if Apple shouldn’t just license OSX to a subsidiary that has some independence. Filemaker was a great application, and was a wholly owned Apple subsidiary. Haven’t needed database in some years, so I don’t even know if they exist.
Merry Christmas to all!