Thursday, June 5th, 2008
I saw 280 Slides today and I must I’m more than a little confused.
What exactly is the point of writing a web application that so faithfully clones the user interface of a desktop operating system? I seriously doubt that anyone who is a Windows user will like this interface, except perhaps “Anything but Powerpoint” folks. And as a Mac user I found it nestled well in the uncanny valley1 and infuriated that it took over my keyboard shortcuts (⌘-T did nothing and ⌘-N started a new presentation).
An application like this seems like the perfect sort of desktop application. There are no collaboration features, you’re just building the presentation solo. They’re obviously trying to cater to the Mac aesthetic (note the Mail.app icon in the upper right), which just makes it all the more confusing that they’re building a web application. Mac users have a long tradition of using third party applications and there are gobs of successful independent developers supporting themselves writing Mac software.
Update: To be clear, I’m not saying that I wouldn’t totally consider using Objective-J if I had to write a “Rich Internet Application”. Really, I’m just wondering why you would go to all this trouble. And a bit scared that it seems to work so damn well.