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Shareware authors

I'm trying to make a list of sucessfull shareware authors and small ISV's (btw, whats the big difference?!?)

So, I got Nick Bradbury, Joel Spolsky, Eric Sink, Diego Doval and... [insert your contribution here].

RP
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Niko Mak - author of WinZip.

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Not sure of their names but they've been around a few years:

http://www.fineprint.com/

Doug
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Greg Reinacker may be a recent addition to the list. Of course, it's kind of odd to go with a person's name for an ISV...

mb
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Your list will get messy if you don't define some criteria.  And since the word "shareware" is essentially immune to any standard definition, you are destined for a messy list.

By the way, SourceGear does not consider its products to be "shareware".  We're not sure what the word means, but we don't use it.

Anyway, to answer your question, in the context of the world of "shareware":

http://swb2.com/

Oh, and Bill Ritcher comes to mind as well:

http://www.guiffy.com/

Eric Sink
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

http://eji.com/
Pretty successful guy..

Tayssir John Gabbour
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Justin Frankel wrote Winamp & gave it away for free, and then was bought out by AOL for a hefty sum. Does that count?

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Dexterity Software is an indie game developer who seems to make a good living out of it. Incidentally he's got some great articles on the subject too.

<a href="http://www.dexterity.com/">http://www.dexterity.com/</a>

Nathan Ridley
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

I don't think this forum accepts html tags.  Just type http://something and it will turn it into a link.

T. Norman
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Phil Zimmerman - creator of PGP.

Yet another anon
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Eric

What I wanted was a list of people who made it while going solo or almost solo in the software world. And seeing what makes a certain product great is also helpfull.

RP
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

I am surprised no one mentioned MacHTTP, which did so well it went on to become one o fthe biggest commercial web server in the mac space.

Li-fan Chen
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Chuck Shotton is the name I can't seem to remember, thanks to google now I know.

His view on Open Source on Apple (pretty realistic, search for shotton):

http://slashdot.org/askslashdot/00/06/24/0359226.shtml

Li-fan Chen
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

> What I wanted was a list of people who
> made it while going solo or almost solo in
> the software world.

Ah, I see.  You've piqued my curiosity, as I am
currently writing an article on solo development
shops.  Why are you looking for such a list.

Oh, and by the way, I still don't qualify.  I am
simply the loudest person at SourceGear.  This
company was never even close to a solo
flight.

Eric Sink
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Why do I want it? Well, I'm planning on being my own boss and writing shareware is probably the way to go. Why do I need a list of people who've done it before? So I can sic google on them and find out what their experiences were. That way I hope to learn from their mistakes.

That's it, I guess.

RP
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Ken Hess might interest you.

http://www.klhess.com/bootstrap/

Ewan's Dad
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

You would also like to check Going Independent Series at Angry coder.

www.angrycoder.com

Regards,
JD
http://jdk.phpkid.org

JD
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Back in the day there was an author whose work name was Jim Button, with Button Ware.

These were successful shareware solutions in the early DOS days.

Phil Katz of PKZIP - but he sadly drank himself to death. The company, PKWARE, lives on.

.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

John Carmack and ID software. 

DL
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Why did Id move away from the shareware method and start distributing their software through "publishers" ? 

Didn't that really eat into their profits?

Mike
Tuesday, August 10, 2004

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