Andrew Souter wrote:Sure, it's not a bad thing to be aware of trends. But we work in a micro passion industry. A good product that you and customers are passionate about can reverse and create new company specific trends fairly easily.
And there is better, more effective market research that can be done for bigger bang for the buck. For example, if many people on KVR often give free advice by suggesting a new GUI style might help a particular company's trend-line, this might be a more important trend to listen to than to try to extrapolate data points from sparse google data about a relatively tiny passion industry. IMHO...
And to be clear when I speak of "innovation" etc, I consider your/Voxengo's work one of the leaders and pioneers in our field, particularly in aspects of dsp/mathematics. You've made a great contribution and have been ahead of the curve for quite some time in these areas by my estimation and I fully respect your accomplishments over a couple decades now!
Thanks for your support. Passion has left this field several years ago. It had a lot of passion for sure, some people even sent me CDs by mail to show their connection. Now all of this is gone, even Voxengo forums are rarely used. At the same time website traffic increased and bounce-rates decreased over the years. Go figure.
It's very hard to listen to public suggestions when there is a clear love/hate dichotomy about some aspects. Our internal pools show that as well, 50% prefer photorealistic, 50% prefer plain UIs. E.g. Reaper with its utterly generic-looking FX chain window and other generic windows gained a lot of attention over the years.