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EventBox is an application created by The Cosmic Machine, which aims to provide one place from which to manage all your online social networking activity. It can ‘pack all your social networks in one box’. I think that an application performing the function that EventBox aims […]

EventBox

EventBox is an application created by The Cosmic Machine, which aims to provide one place from which to manage all your online social networking activity. It can ‘pack all your social networks in one box’.

I think that an application performing the function that EventBox aims to could certainly be very useful. There are a host of advantages to having several different websites all tied together, not merely the convenience of them ‘all being in once place’. The possibility of being able to move data between networks would be very welcome (integrating Facebook and Flickr photos, or having Pownce know all your Facebook contact details could be really useful).

At present, EventBox ties together six different social networks:

  • Twitter – What are you doing?
  • Facebook – Connect with the people around you.
  • Flickr – Share your photos.
  • Digg – Digg it. Get Dugg.
  • Pownce – Send stuff to your friends.
  • RSS – Content aggregation.
  • Reddit – What‘s new online.

However, I’m not sure whether EventBox has quite perfected the ‘mix’ of different networks. There are many more networks which could really increase appeal, such as LinkedIn, Delicious, and countless others. In addition, I don’t really see RSS as a social network — more of a notification/news source, which seems slightly out of place amongst the other counterparts.

The User Interface

EventBox User Interface

On the whole, the user interface to EventBox shows a very promising start. It fully utilizes some of the effects available in Leopard and goes a long way to providing a very usable and sleek-looking system. New updates ‘slide’ in-between existing content, fonts are well chosen and readable and content that you’ve already visited fades away into the background.

My only complaint about the user interface is a lack of a ‘loading’ icon or spinner, meaning there’s no way to know when the application is doing something and when it simply isn’t responding.

Improvements Needed

While EventBox seems to be a good concept, there are quite a few improvements which I’d need to see before it takes the place of using the websites themselves. First and foremost is the support of a wider range of networks. While I’m aware that this takes time from a development point of view, it’s needed for the application to really serve as a valid replacement.

Second, the functionality of certain applications is lacking over what could be put in place. The Facebook section, for instance, is able to only show status updates and photos. Compared to even the iPhone Facebook application, there is a lot of additional functionality which could be integrated in the final version.

The EventBox site heralds the fact that the app is in the early stages of development and new features are planned for the near future (including a ‘HUD’ style Twitteriffic display, which looks nice). I’ll certainly give EventBox another try as some of these new features are introduced. For now, however, I’ll be sticking with using the individual websites themselves.

EventBox is free to download and try for a few weeks and then it’s $15 to continue using it.

  1. I checked this out, and it looks very cool and promissing.

    One thing I noticed right away, though, is that the Facebook support is way too limited for me. It doesn’t show posted items or give the ability to comment on anything.

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  2. Looks really cool, except that it is 10.5 only…
    BOOO!

    What is so great about this app that they can’t make it 10.4 compatible?

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  3. Okay, help me out here — when did software developers start charging money for unpolished beta versions…?! I admit that EventBox has potential and I have long been waiting for some kind of “social web aggregator” for the Mac…but it lacks a whole bunch of services and it also lacks many, many features in conjunction with those services…!

    So giving users a trial period of 14 days and the having them pay 20$ for beta testing your unfinished app is a total dealbreaker…!

    I think the app may be going in the right direction and I’m sure the devs are putting lots of effort into it, which I certainly appreciate — but this policy (that has unfortunately become more common lately) is just not right…

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  4. What a joke, they just announced that they “have decided to drop the price down from $20 to $15 during the beta period as a way to give something back to early adopters.”.

    This is totally oxymoronic — as I just pointed out, there shouldn’t even be a price tag at all on a beta version…!

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  5. I would like to see the icon in the doc gone and just use the menu icon. Also, more function from face book would be nice and the ability to add different social websites. It will need to so a lot of other improvements to get me to spend 20 bucks!

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  6. I’m just guessing here, but I suspect that the $15 price tag isn’t just for the beta, but the 1st shipping version. Basically, you’re pre-ordering the app and getting the beta for free until it’s released.

    I could be wrong though.

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  7. Hi,

    I’m one of the developers of EventBox. I’ll shortly address the current situation. If you buy EventBox now (for $15), here’s what you get:
    – Access to the beta (so that you can use it)
    – Version 1.0 when it gets released
    – All point fixes (1.x)
    – Unlimited email support

    You’re basically paying less to get the full-featured version and you can start using it now. As I have explained in greater length[1], we already support many features for our services and have a ton of features coming up. Just decide whether it is worth $15 for you. If it isn’t at the moment, try it out in a month or two. If you don’t like, don’t buy it.

    [1] http://getsatisfaction.com/thecosmicmachine/topics/charging_20_for_a_beta

    If anyone has any more questions, feel free to contact us or leave a comment, I will try and respond.

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  8. This looks interesting but I wonder, is there anything similar to this that would track and organize all the forums I post to? I can bookmark the forums I use but if there was an app that kept them all together that’d be cool.

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  9. Sorry, but what I am byuing is a pig in a poke…! I would be pre-financing your development by purchasing an app that is far from being usable on a daily basis and about which I don’t know enough to expect it to be finished any time soon…!

    Don’t get me wrong, I would gladly pay 15-20 $ for this once it is completed, but I wouldn’t have my car dealer convince me to pay for the new car now and have the wheels delivered some time in the future…! ;)

    Right now I have no idea when the final version is going to be released and whether it will actually be as useful/usable as I jopt it might be…but you honestly expect me to pay up in advance…?! Uhm, sorry, not going to happen…

    As I said before – as long as it is a beta, it should be free…! Once you have a final version (whenever that may be), then you can/should charge money for it…!

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  10. For anyone browsing around the comments, you can read our official response on http://getsatisfaction.com/thecosmicmachine/topics/charging_20_for_a_beta

    Kind regards,
    Milen
    The Cosmic Machine

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