KB wrote:Just to clarify what I meant about choosing a Windows version over an iPad version - I have no intention of writing either myself, because all my time is taken up by the Mac version (and I'm pretty much burnt out on version 2.0 after over two years of development going into it - I'm looking forward to getting it out there and finally focussing on nothing more than bug fixes for a while, while I do some writing in it myself again). So it would come down to finding someone else to do it, and in that case it makes more sense to pump resources into a Windows version, which would be a pretty much guaranteed success (we already have nearly 1,000 Windows users signed up to our show-an-interest-in-a-Windows-version newsletter, and we haven't even said we're going to make one yet), with a much bigger potential user base. As someone else said, that might then give us the freedom to and resources to find someone to develop an iPad version (Windows would be a much better fit for Scrivener than the iPad anyway).
I've been a lurker here for a little while, so I appreciate your reasons for not committing to either a Windows or iPad version Scrivener. However, if one day a Windows version was released, I think that the "nearly 1,000 Window users" who already have an interest in Scrivener would grow exponentially, in time generating huge sales.
FWIW, I'm not coming from a Mac v PC angle. The quality of Macs, OS X, the growing Mac user base, etc, is widely accepted and rightly so. However, Macs remain relatively expensive compared to PCs, and many writers prefer matt screens. Of these, many consider a new 15" or 17" MacBook Pro (the only Mac laptops currently offering a matt screen option) as overkill and too expensive for their needs. They also don't want to resort to buying 2nd hand, increasingly aged PPC iBooks - the last models Apple made are already 5 years old. On the PC platform, however, even relatively inexpensive Samsung netbooks offer matt screen options.
So I agree that maybe eventually doing a Windows version of Scrivener, if you can find the right terms from interested programmers, seems far more feasible than an iPad version. Just from reading recent iPad reviews by respected critics like David Pogue, it seems a reasonable assumption that relatively few people are likely to buy an iPad for creative pursuits like writing, but mostly for consuming web content, social networking, etc.
All the best with completing your latest version of Scrivener.