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by David — Jan 18
Scott, fair enough. By "carry more weight" I'm not sure if you mean in terms of business success, blog cred, awards, etc. There are successful Mac developers who hardly show up on blog radar, preferring to concentrate on product development (and profits) over the acclaim of their peers. Brian Greenstone, for example, hardly says a word, doesn't get any developer talkback on Cocoa sites, yet has been successfully selling Mac shareware, boxed software and bundles since before Cocoa (or the Web) even existed. The Wil Shipley's of this world sure do garner attention, born showmen that they are, but there are successful, if less flamboyment (and opinionated) "shareware" developers out there, too.

Anyway, the point is: regardless of what we want to call it, shareware can be professional, class-leading and more importantly, profitable. If people want to call themselves Indies, ISVs, fine, whatever, but we're still doing much the same thing.
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