Well, I’ve read several of these posts about the woes of using Mountain Lion w/Bryce, and I just gotta chime in (and after all, opinions are like a-holes…)
I am a “dyed in the wool” PC user. Though I worked for Apple for 5 years (1980 - ‘85), nowadays any time I sit in front of a Mac I want to tear my hair out. The things I take for granted on a PC are far more difficult on a Mac. Apple just tries too hard to be different than anyone else, and that has always caused problems. I have always respected Apple products - I think the Mac has always been a phenomenal piece of hardware - just never been fond of the Mac OS.
I’ve been writing software for a living (or at least part of my living) for a number of years now. I write for PCs. I don’t write Mac versions of my programs. Because I hate Macs? No at all! I’d love to have versions of my software that worked on Macs. But I don’t have the expertise to write programs for the Mac, and I can’t afford to hire someone who does.
What many Mac users don’t fully understand is, in the world of computer users, they are the vast minority! Yes, Apple has a slightly bigger market share in the graphics/publishing industry than they do in other areas, but it’s still very small compared to the PC market. I know it doesn’t seem fair, but money drives the market, and market share is what makes the money. I’m really not trying to be patronizing here, but many Mac users have sort of an attitude that they should be catered to, regardless of such temporal matters as profit and market share, just on the merits that the Mac is a great machine and Apple is a great company. These merits, though noble, don’t pay the bills when you’re selling software.
Bryce’s dev cycle didn’t coincide with Apple’s. I doubt if Apple called someone at DAZ to warn them about the timing of their dev cycle, or the changes they were planning. DAZ simply got blindsided - that happens.
Ya, it seems unfair, and somewhat ironic as Bryce was originally a Mac program. But reality is reality, and reality for any business is about the bottom line.
I take great encouragement from the fact that DAZ has, at least publicly, committed to making Bryce work w/Mountain Lion as soon as is practically possible. But none of us can wave a wand and make real issues go away, and unfortunately there are some issues that have to be addressed in order to make this happen.
Patience is a virtue…