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Monday, June 28, 2004

Did Apple Once Again Commandeer Third-party Technology? UPDATED

Most everyone’s heard the rants about how Apple has, in the past, recognized an extremely popular feature provided by a particular developer and later incorporated the feature into the operating system. Remember Super Clock and Window Shade? How about Watson for something more recent?

I have to wonder if LaunchBar’s developers are now feeling a similar squeeze. Spotlight looks an awful lot like it was based on LaunchBar.

Update: more copycat behavior.

It seems Konfabulator was also a target, thanks to Dashboard. The Konfabulator site even sports a new header that reads, “Cupertino, start your photocopiers!” This, of course, is a jab at Apple based on their Tiger preview banner that read, “Redmond, start your photocopiers.”

Update: I was right. Arlo Rose is pissed.

At least third-party RSS readers shouldn’t have to worry. Safari’s new built-in RSS reader looks like it’ll be handy for quick views, but I don’t believe full-blown readers like NetNewsWire are in any danger of losing customers. And I’m not sure that Automator is going to replace QuicKeys any time soon.

» Posted by ALBj at 06:36 PM (ET)
Category: Mac, Musings

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