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by Andrs Puiz — Nov 20
As Apple was busy creating and touting what seemed to be none other than OS-level Photoshop filters, I was wondering: what's the core audience of this? What developers want to use graphics filters? Then came motion effects... and still, nobody uses them other than Apple for its own pro apps, and of course, now Disco for the smoke it blows up its users' butt.

So yeah, where's a Photoshop killer? This is part of a bigger problem or dilemma, namely the Cocoa vs. cross-platform debate. Few developers ourside Apple want to throw huge resources at developing Cocoa (i.e. Mac only) apps.

Most major apps on the Mac are either Apple titles or somewhat ugly, Mac-unfriendly ports or cross-platform titles. And Apple's Core frameworks will remain largely unutilized by these. What's the solution? Perhaps we need bigger developers committed to Mac only development, or developers who aren't afraid to add extra features on the Mac that are harder or unfeasible to repeat on Windows. Ironically, Microsoft does the latter, though I can't say I'm thrilled with the results.

Besides, I don't think it's fair to compare Disco to Delicious Library. I think the latter is a fully functional, beautifully and logically designed and original app that actually fills a need, while the former is a really flawed implementation of a mundane task.

DL extends the Mac OS X user interface without noticeably breaking usability rules (in my limited testing at least), while the same cannot be said about Disco.
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