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Old 23rd July 2009, 06:58 PM   #21
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Default Re: Vote for Serif on a Linux platform

Come to think of it, if anyone is goint to support Linux, why not support OSX.
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Old 23rd July 2009, 08:29 PM   #22
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There is a new kid on the block

All this talk of (a version of) Linux, MS 7, OXS, cost, free, does it work or not could all be pie-in-the-sky. Google has announce it is to release its own operation system called Chrome OS.

At last, a version of Linux with the backing of billions of $$$$$$$$. I hope it is a good operating system and I can finally dump M$
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Old 24th July 2009, 02:22 PM   #23
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YES PLEASE!!!

I would pay at least the same amount for a linux port of pageplus/webplus if available.

My best success so far has been to install pageplus 11 under wine/crossover but past being able to open the user interface, most functionality is broken.
I would love to at least see this fixed even if a full linux port is not currently feasable.
Making pageplus capable of running stand alone without any 3rd party (M$) binaries would be a good step towards being cross platform.

Page plus is an amazing product and currently I cant think of any linux program that can scratch the surface of its capabilities. Scribus is ok, but not very polished and lacks many functions. Gimp is easily comparable to photoshop, so combining gimp's strengths and libraries with the dtp layout management of pageplus I think would be a winner. It doesn't have to be an exact replica of pageplus (after all, the code is out there and open source for much of the functionality) it just needs to be tied together in one neat user interface to become pageplus XL

Maybe a collaboration with the folks at sun & openoffice.org would help pageplus become a (paid for) dtp extension to staroffice & openoffice helping to promote both products on all platforms. Most of the code again is there in openoffice and gimp. Where those products fail is the user interface (where pageplus excells)
I see a joint venture much more promising than trying to go it alone and running out of resources to take it all the way. That is the strength of linux, than most of the work has been done already and you just need to get people working together to build a new product.

Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 24th July 2009, 09:17 PM   #24
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Certainly would be of interest. Like many others I only pop into microslow xp or vista to use serif.

It would be great if it was cheaper, I know it's unlikely because of the development but it would for sure get Serif noticed out there for the policy which might do you more good in the long run.
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I'd be prepared to pay exactly the same. Serif products are good. They are the ONLY tools I'd miss when departing to Linux land. In fact its the only thing that is holding me back from dumping MS for good and heading to Linux.

Does anyone have any experience of, or tips for, running PagePlus / DrawPlus / PhotoPlus / WebPlus under WINE?

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Thanks for the insight, Jim, which is more attractive than I knew.
Edit: I'm wondering if the MS/Yahoo venture will fail against Google. Bing doesn't impress me and it could mean MS will lose clout. The next few years could be a good time to move to Linux if a Serif linux range at tneir windows prices is available. Most of my work is done on Serif apps and I'd like switch to Linux before MS drops support for WinXP rather than pay even more for Win7.

Adam,any ideas on which order your products be rewritten for Linux and how long would you continue to develop the windows range alongside?
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PagePlus is the only application for which I still need my Windows virtual machine. I'm increasingly encouraging people to use Scribus, because it makes collaborating on work between different OS users much easier.

I'd definitely pay for PagePlus on GNU/Linux, but probably no more than a Windows user. I'm running Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 on an amd64 system
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Hi Adam,
I think sometime people will pay more to get rid of something which is painful to them.

I will surely pay as much as I pay for windows version.

I vote for PP-DP-PHP in LINUX
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Come to think of it, if anyone is goint to support Linux, why not support OSX.
This is more important to me than Linux.
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Default Re: Vote for Serif on a Linux platform

Having tried Win7 for a month , I think it is a bit messy. So yes I'd pay for Serif products running on a well-honed Linux version. However Serif couldn't maintain sales without continuing to support MS.

IMO the easiest way to improve the return on dev investment costs is currently to expand into the 300 million european market by offering more translated versions - Spanish next? - and paying more attention to foreign local output needs such as more flexible customisable calendars, greetings card templates that meet local postal regulations and envelop sizes, 2+ User Dictionaries(UD) in Spell Checker for specialised vocabularies and multi-language sites (it is impossible to mix languages in one UD and expect a valid spelling check), multi AutoCorrect , again for different languages or ongoing projects, and use primarily as AutoType tool for standard phrases in any documents, etc.

A significant percentage of europeans daily work in english as well as their own tongue. A concerted Serif effort could tidy up all these low cost needs in a few man/months of dev and graphics dept effort, leading to larger markets. The increased sales could fund the extra staff for the Linux versions' development.
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The IT Manager of an industry leader data mining software house made this comment to me:

Our Java app could run on Ubuntu but the majority of our users run our .Net app which needs windows – in both cases the backend needs a windows server(s). Whilst LINUX keeps on pushing it still remains in operations where servers are throw away rather than mission critical in enterprise businesses. I don’t expect to see a shift anytime soon and we certainly don’t plan on supporting it anytime soon. I have a Virtual Machine with the Ubuntu flavour of LINUX loaded just for playing with though.

If any Serif staff wish to talk with him, l I can put you in touch. LOL
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Old 17th March 2010, 06:06 PM   #32
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Default Re: Vote for Serif on a Linux platform

I have just added a poll asking you to vote for or against a GNU/Linux version of Serif products. You will need to go to the top of this thread to vote. Should have added it ages ago
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Old 9th May 2010, 02:43 AM   #33
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After reading thru this I guess I'm not alone. I currently have Serif WebPlus 10 and built my site using that. I finally changed over to Ubuntu 9.10, and just updated to 10.04, and have been trying to get my website info and Serif to work in Ubuntu. Guess I'll just have to give up on Serif and go to either Kompozer or Bluefish and rebuild my site from scratch.

Commercial program developers take note: Ubuntu doesn't need all of the virus programs that Windough$ needs, seems to work much smoother and faster on a newer laptop, does everything I want with ease and, if you don't do some great programs, why should I spend money when I can get the goodies for free? Develop great programs for Linux use that are better and I'll consider making the purchase. Ignore Linux and, before long, it won't matter what you develop.
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In regard to how much should one be willing to pay for Serif in Linux -- Pagestream has a version in Linux that sells for $100. So, Pagestream is comparable to PagePlus but with a draw program included. So, $100 would be the correct price, I think.

I still go to Windows to use Serif for DTP. However, I want out of Windows completely. So if Serif does not come along, then I guess I have to go to Pagestream. It does have an excellent reputation among professionals.
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As a charter member of Windows resistance movement ... Serif on Linux would be a good step. However - there are a few other systems out there which could be even more beneficial. Solaris from Sun is making great strides in graphics management and Google Android is nearing an interesting threshold for users.

To explore what this 'could' be like, download Google Chrome (web browser) and see what an alternate path could look like.
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Right now Linux sucks in the accessibility department, so until that changes, it is a completely unusable operating system for disabled people. So there is at least one large group of people that will never switch until that is rectified.
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OSX version of Pageplus? I would happily part with 100+
It would fly at 100, easy

Plus would save me having to use the MS tripe.

cummon, it makes sense ....... the grass is greener
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Right now Linux sucks in the accessibility department...
Ubunutu is a work in progress. The accessibility time will come. I just installed Ubuntu 10.04, and it is the nicest OS I've ever experienced... period. However,obviously work needs to be done. For example, on the serif fonts, the ascenders and descenders have to be improved, but everything else is nice. But the OS just keeps improving and improving. So, I would say on some aspects we just have to be patient.
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Ubunutu is a work in progress. The accessibility time will come. I just installed Ubuntu 10.04, and it is the nicest OS I've ever experienced... period. However,obviously work needs to be done. For example, on the serif fonts, the ascenders and descenders have to be improved, but everything else is nice. But the OS just keeps improving and improving. So, I would say on some aspects we just have to be patient.
Recently I installed Ubuntu alongside my Vista installation, and there is no doubt that it is a nice operating system. Boots quickly, looks nice, and has a lot of free included programs. Unfortunately, when I tried to change some settings and subsequently got some security popup windows that even the onscreen keyboard couldn't type into, I had to give up on it. No speech recognition, and a keyboard that won't even function over the entirety of the operating system makes it completely useless to the disabled. Hopefully, since it is a work in progress, they will be able to fix those issues.
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I want that because I use two operating system. One is Windows 7 and the other is Ubuntu. I mostly use Ubuntu so I want it. I think it will not complex for doing that.
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