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That’s right, Microsoft bought iView, the makers of Media Pro. While Yan, the founder of iView is expectedly optimistic about this move, I’m not so much. Yan attempts to quash fears of mac users (such as myself) by saying: The product that was born on the […]


That’s right, Microsoft bought iView, the makers of Media Pro. While Yan, the founder of iView is expectedly optimistic about this move, I’m not so much. Yan attempts to quash fears of mac users (such as myself) by saying:

The product that was born on the Mac will remain on the Mac as well as on the Windows operating system.

I’m surprisingly not overjoyed at his statement. While I truly hope that the app that many of us have come to know as iView Media Pro (3) will only continue to evolve into the continued dominant Digital Asset Manager for OSX (and other platforms), I’m not going to hold my breath.

I suppose time will tell. How do you feel about this move? Think Microsoft will dump the Mac support in coming years? Think they’ll continue developing it, only to allow it’s slow death a la Vista? Let’s hear what you think, TAB/Media Pro fans.

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  1. If the trends with Microsoft continue, they will only continue their support if it can remain the leader in the industry. They dropped IE because of Safari/Firefox and they keep Office for the Mac because everyone still needs it. I suppose it also depends on how easily Yan is brought into the fold at Microsoft and in what capacity. iView website is already sporting a prominant Microsoft logo which caught me off guard.

  2. They hardly ‘dropped’ internet explorer… aparently they still think it’s a usable browser… … HA!

    Never used iView though so I’m not really hurting… Is it essentially just a cataloguing app (delicious library) and a convertion utility (virtual hub) rolled into one with some various ways to use the media (slideshows, presentations, etc)?

  3. Well it worries me enough that while I have been considering buying iView earlier, I am not going to consider it anymore. I am not buying a product which have a good chance of not getting anymore updates.

  4. Nathan Jones Tuesday, June 27, 2006

    It doesn’t help that I dislike Microsoft and the way they operate. If I liked MS, I might not have such a sour taste in my mouth. But aside from a dislike of the new owner, I am concerned about the changes that might happen to the software.

    It hadn’t occured to me that the Mac version might be in danger until it was mentioned (extensively) on the iView forums. I worry more about other changes that might take iView in a bad direction, or introduce lock-in to prevent people from taking their assets to other software.

  5. Another good product with no future left on the Macintosh platform, I think this is the bell ringing that all iView users should look for an alternative product. As far as the Yan is concerned well he made his $$$ should he care anymore?…would you?

  6. Looks like MS want’s to create an better iPhoto knock-off, especially if iView has already written the Intel version of the app. If they can’t write it themselves, they buy it. Say goodbye to anything more than a few minor Mac updates.

  7. Well it’s scary, very scary. M$ buying out everything they can’t (decently)produce. But hopefully some good wil come from this, for windows users at least, maybe they will incorporate it in vista! :)
    Media pro is a handy app.

  8. Ahhh… this is a very bad idea. very bad

  9. I’m not all that excited about this. Remember what happened after Micro$loth acquired FoxPro? VirtualPC? They’ve basically “dead-ended”….

    I did notice one rather scary comment mentioned by a previous reply: If they “embed” tags that make it impossible to move to other solutions, it’s gonna get “ugly”…. And frustrating…

    Steve

  10. I’ve been watching this whole fracas from a distance. I’ve used iView since it first came out, I don’t even know how long ago (1997 maybe? Seems like forever). I just upgraded to version 3, and I’m pretty pleased with it in general.

    Reading through the forums at iView, nearly all the FUD is coming from users who simply have no information to indicate that MS is going to kill it. They bought iView for the engineers, a solid app, and an opportunity to improve integration on some future products. Yan (CEO) says there are no plans to kill the popular Mac versions, which at US$199 each for the Pro versions are likely good investments.

    @ Steve – embedding metadata in images is a *good* thing. v.3 just added this feature, which makes your management futureproof – it doesn’t matter what app you use after that. Spotlight, Bridge (uck!), Aperture, Portfolio – these are going to recognize that metadata. Any DAM app worth its salt will let you (like iView) import, rename, etc. then sync metadata somehow.

    At any rate, iView – and only iView – does what I need right now (media management, on multiple platforms, that’s deeply scriptable). I just got 9 licenses for our organization, and I’m looking forward to seeing where MS’s formidable engineering resources will take iView.

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