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Announcement   Announcement : IOSPIRIT GmbH quits the Amiga market
   posted by tomazkid on 24-Mar-2007 1:36:31 (7214 reads)
From IOSPIRIT website:

IOSPIRIT GmbH ends its Amiga business on the 1st of April 2007.

In the future, IOSPIRIT GmbH will be focusing solely on its Mac® products. In order to better serve the needs of that market and to be able to process incoming orders faster and more efficiently, a reimplementation of the shop system is currently being worked on.



The reasons for the decision to no longer operate in the Amiga market are as follows:

* we want to fully commit to developing Mac® products in the future.
* the big additional overhead that would be necessary to integrate (permanent) support for download and package versions of Amiga software into the new concept and the drawbacks that would come with this for the majority of our customers - which today are Mac® users.
* the decreasing demand for Amiga products and the the situation of the Amiga market in general.

IOSPIRIT's own Amiga titles will no longer be available beyond April, 1st, 2007 - except of course for remaining stock at dealers. The future distribution as well as development and support of IBrowse will be handled directly by the IBrowse development team. You can find their website at http://www.ibrowse-dev.net/.

Many thanks go to

* all of our customers and users for being loyal for so many years, which has made the development of our Amiga titles possible in the first place.
* all developer and scene buddies for the many interesting, reflective, funny, educational, helpful and amicable moments, anecdotes and experiences.
* all those, who have always been there to help with mental and moral support and an independant, second opinion.

We wish all of you all the best for the future and would be happy to see you again over in the Mac® market. If you are interested in what we are currently working on, you can find our Mac® products at http://www.iospirit.com/.

Sincerly,

Felix Schwarz
    

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Another one bites the dust.

At least they did not join the The Dark Side.


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Sad to hear but you have to admit that they lasted for a very long time. Kudos to them for this.

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Very sad news indeed.
I wonder who will take care of fxPaint and fxScan?


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I hope they will at least consider open sourcing them, so the community can take over their maintenance.

This is definitely not good news, but I must say I'm not all that surprised. I expect to see more of this sort of thing happening as the months and years roll by and nothing happens.

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This is indeed a sad day.

One down, not many more to go.

Opensourcing is a good idea, hope they consider it and are able to do so.

I have fxPaint 2.0 and fxScan 4.0 for sale if anyone is interested.

I only bought them to support IOSpirit, they don't get used.

edit: typo

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I can't help but think that the date this happens on may have a lot to do with what this is really about.

Could it be they are trying to pull an April Fools joke a week early?


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Somehow I don't think that would be a very good joke to play on their customers or help their business, I'm sure it's real.


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This sucks

IOSPIRIT was quality AFAIAC.

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This is not surprising at all. Lets face facts here. The Amiga user base is declining fast.

I don't care what other people say. I will continue to hammer on the main reasons for this:

- no new classic Amiga hardware. That means no turbo boards for the A1200, A3000 and A4000. To make useful usage of these older pieces of hardware you need graphic cards, PCI buses and above all 68060 turbo boards. These can't be bought new and there is by far not enough second hand. Most of these pieces of hardware are already in the hands of Amiga fans which means not many people can join this niche market.
The Dragon might be finished but can't be bought also. I don't know the reasons for this but every month this thing is not on sale, a couple of people and leave or just put their money somewhere else. Where o where can we buy just a simple 68060 turbo board!

- no new Amiga PPC hardware. I will continue to hammer on this because the fools at Amiga Inc. and other companies seem to think they can take their time with this whilst the rest of the world continues to run ahead. We still have to wait for a replacement for the AmigaOne and god knows how long that is going to take.
In the PC world the Dual Cores are already main stream and the huge competition between several companies are already gearing this war towards Quad Core CPU's. Intel is even planning to release a 1,86 GHz Quad Core that runs on 50 Watts.


I applaud them for holding on for so long but I think we will see many more stopping their business over the course of this year.


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Could be april joke but anyway many firms stops selling amigastuff and thats normal when there isnt much to sell. But if we get new hardware and the platform gets popular im sure some of this firms will reopen their amigasell again.

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Very sad to hear the same is the case for Computer City in the Netherlands, I hope the Amiga community will be able to get the act together.

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I'm not surprised at all. Anyone trying to make money
on software in this community must be a nutcase. :)

The only way this community can survive and thrive
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I hope the Amiga community will be able to get the act together.


Do you include Amiga Inc. in your definition of "community"?

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i guess we can blame ainc for this, they are just sitting on their butt and nothing new comes out. i guess this is their way of killing amiga and its userbase so they can sell more windows based mobil games...


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I'm not trying to defend them, but maybe there is simply no money to do anything at all?

Anyway, the situation sucks. In the past, we lost many shops, software houses and users, but at least we have machines. Now, we don't even have that. If this doesn't change soon, I guess the Amiga is (finally...) dead.

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Very sad to hear the same is the case for Computer City in the Netherlands


They were looking for programmers here:
http://amigaworld.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3441

Amiga holding represented a minimal portion of their business and focus for quite a long time.

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I'm not surprised at all. Anyone trying to make money
on software in this community must be a nutcase. :)

The only way this community can survive and thrive
is through open source.


They weren't trying to make money with Amiga software. Their main shop has been selling Mac software for a few years now. They're changing their online system and feel that the few copies that they do sell of their Amiga software is not worth the effort of integrating into the new system. I don't understand how keeping their Amiga shop open would be a drawback for their Mac customers, or even how it would affect them at all.

Anyway, their problem is that almost everyone that wants FxScan, FxPaint, VHIStudio, has already bought it. They've reached market saturation; there's no-one left to sell to. The only way to generate new sales would be to update their products or create a new one. Even then that would be worth a few thousand sales at most (if that).

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For a new product reaching the first hundred would be very good. Times when new software sold 500 copies ended in 2000 if not earlier.


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This is definitely not good news, but I must say I'm not all that surprised. I expect to see more of this sort of thing happening as the months and years roll by and nothing happens.


I make your words mine. I'm not suprised either but still, it's sad to see another go away.

A word to AInc... WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Do you want to kill the Amiga once and for all or what? If you don't do something about the current situation, then go *beep* yourself. I had it with you!

To the mods: sorry, i had to get it out of me. This makes me sad and very pissed off about it!


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