Mark/Space, Inc. announced the release of SyncTogether recently. It’s a product that allows you to sync data (think Address Book, Mail, iCal, etc.) across multiple computers and as such will be going head-to-head with Apple’s .Mac service. I’ve read a few comments about it recently on the Yojimbo mail list and, for the most part, the comments have been positive. Some of the comments at TUAW are … less forgiving.
I have a real need for a syncing solution that doesn’t involve .Mac. I house my own server so iDisk is no advantage for me and I house my own email so I don’t need the email services .Mac provides. However, I would love to be able to sync my email, contact, calendar, etc. between my laptop and desktop. Unfortunately, Mark/Space doesn’t offer a demo of SyncTogether. If you want to try it out, it’ll cost you $50.
Who, in this day and age, doesn’t provide a demo? It seems that if you’re confident of your product and the support you provide, offering a demo is a no-brainer. What better way to create the all-elusive buzz? What better way to convince people they need you? What better way to get people in the door? In my mind, not providing a demo version is a huge red flag. It immediately says I have something to hide.
Sure, it’s a business decision and it’s Mark/Space Inc.’s right to make that call. But it’s also my right to spend my money elsewhere. So here’s $50 they won’t be getting. Oh, and David at TUAW too. That’s $100 right there. In the meantime, I’ll just keep playing with Unison.
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