I'm trying to make a list of sucessfull shareware authors and small ISV's (btw, whats the big difference?!?)
Niko Mak - author of WinZip.
Not sure of their names but they've been around a few years:
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...
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.
Tayssir John Gabbour
Justin Frankel wrote Winamp & gave it away for free, and then was bought out by AOL for a hefty sum. Does that count?
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.
I don't think this forum accepts html tags. Just type http://something and it will turn it into a link.
Phil Zimmerman - creator of PGP.
Yet another anon
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.
Chuck Shotton is the name I can't seem to remember, thanks to google now I know.
> What I wanted was a list of people who
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.
Ken Hess might interest you.
You would also like to check Going Independent Series at Angry coder.
Back in the day there was an author whose work name was Jim Button, with Button Ware.
John Carmack and ID software.
Why did Id move away from the shareware method and start distributing their software through "publishers" ?
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