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[News] Asimware leaves the Amiga marketANN.lu
Posted on 25-Sep-2000 12:08 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselš15 comments
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Asimware, the makers of MasterISO and AsimCDFS, have dropped all Amiga support and development. Here's the announcement. [A bit of old news this one, but I hadn't seen it going around before - TY].

Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 1 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Robert Bryant on 24-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
Just FYI, Greg Scott, formerly of National Amiga, is on staff at AsimWare. I was recently in touch with him as I was inquiring about AsimWare producing CD-burning software for the Macintosh.
He would only say they have not ruled it out at this time. (I know, this is how rumors get started... 8^) I for one would like to see them come out with something that provides all the power of MasterISO (which I still use) for the Mac!
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 2 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 24-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
Hmm does this mean we can have that old software free now, since they don't want to support it anymore?
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 3 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Mousky on 24-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (XDelusion):
Here we go, the good old "why not make it free and/or release the source code" argument.
Well, for starters, despite the fact that Asimware has dropped Amiga support, AsimCDFS and MasterISO are still being sold by Amiga retailers. It would not be fair to them if Asimware made the products free.
Second, by making it free, your are 'rewarding' those who never bothered to purchase AsimCDFS and 'punishing' those who did pay. I felt - sarcasm on - 'great' - sarcasm off - when Cloanto made Personal Paint free months after I purchased it.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 4 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Bob Murphy on 24-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
So, with MasterISO no longer being supported, is there any better software for the Amiga to burn CD's with?
I purchased a used burner YESTERDAY, and was planning to buy MasterISO, but paying full price for a discontinued product seems silly to me.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 5 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Ian Otter on 24-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (XDelusion):
Perhaps if you want the software you could buy it? Apart from the fact
that the Amiga has been out of thw shops for over five years, its
people like you who are putting the remaining companies out of
business.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 6 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Electric head on 24-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 4 (Bob Murphy):
MakeCD is great.. but a bit expensive. Try the demo.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 7 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 25-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
ya what a crock, I don't care if you have to suffer, I think as a service to the comunity they might as well make if free since they are not going to support us anymore.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 8 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 25-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
MakeCD in my oppinion is has one of the most horrible user
interfaces I've ever seen in my life. The documentation is
not very clear either. I much prefer MasterISO to MakeCD.
While MakeCD may indeed do a nice job it's user interface
is the most unfriendly, unusable that I've ever seen. MasterISO
does a great job as well, and it is very, very easy to use and
the interface is very straightforward.
It's a damn shame Asimwares have thrown in the Amiga towel. :/
They just keep dropping like flies, while Fleecy and company
promise us the world. Seems to me they would be doing everything
they could to keep existing Amiga developers. Something isn't
right with this picture I'm afraid. GPSoft gone...making Opus
for the friggin' PC, several others as well. Who's next?
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 9 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Roj on 25-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
The way I look at it, the best way to judge a company is to look into its past history. Since Amiga currently has little history to speak of, I have to look at the way they work with what they currently have. At this point, Amiga, Inc has, from what I can tell, done little to show support for the existing market and user base. Support does not mean allowing what exists, small though it may be, to completely wither and die while putting every last hope on a machine and OS which has yet to meet the scrutiny of a very tough and demanding PC market.
The reason I look at it this way is this: what happens if, Heaven forbid, the new Amiga flops, or is only accepted by a niche group, just as has happened with the current Amiga? What kind of support can I expect when plans don't quite meet expectations?
Unfortunately, judging by the way the current market and user base has been shoved aside, things don't look as good as they could.
At the moment, they have a pile of eggs and two baskets. Let's hope the one basket they've chosen doesn't break on the way to the market.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 10 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Mousky on 25-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Anonymous):
It is irrelevant that current Amiga software and hardware developers are "dropping like flies" in relation to AmigaNG. Yes, there is some sentimental and emotional attachment to names that have been commonplace in the Amiga market. However, keep in mind that some of these developers did not exist when the A1000 came out. There is nothing to say that, if the AmigaNG is an amazing software/hardware system, a new generation of software and hardware developers will appear on the scene.
It amazes me how some Amigans can't wait till the AmigaNG is released, but at the same time they are still attached to developers/companies from the past. Just as the Amiga was a break from the Commodore 64, the AmigaNG should be a break from the Classic Amiga. Move forward I say.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 11 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Mousky on 25-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (XDelusion):
Like any business, Asimware have decided to drop an unprofitable segment of their company. Just how long should a company "support" a declining market? You make it sound as if Asimware provided little to no support to the Amiga market. Asimware's past record of support proves that notion wrong. Did you show YOUR support by purchasing any of Asimware's products?
Besides, Asimware, like ALL other companies in the Amiga market, is a business NOT a charity. To expect a company to support an uprofitable product is just plain stupid. Releasing products as freeware simply because the plug has been pulled may sound great to consumers, but it may not sound great to other software developers trying to make a living on their competing products.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 12 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 26-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 10 (Mousky):
I think it's very relevant that Amiga developers are dropping like flies.
One example would be GPSoft and Opus Magellan, but you think loosing
Opus Magellan and several others is moving forward? I don't think
you even know what you're talking about. There are several Amiga
apps that have NO equal, and Opus Magellan would certainly be one
of those. I don't call that moving forward, but somehow in your
delusional world you do? You're nuts dude!
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 13 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 26-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Mousky):
Yes indeed I did! Did YOU? That is the question that needs
to be answered or did you pirate it? Yeah...that's what I
thought.
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 14 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Jerry on 26-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
Well, I think the disclaimers on the software are well written for the companies and not so for the customers. See, basic is they can do anything, you can not do anything with your copy. If a company decides it won't fix bux and give support any more, so be it. Is this fair to the people who your bought Master ISO and found it doesn't work well with OS 3.5? They can still take money for it, but not support it. There should be some obligation of how long one should support what it sold. It is for cars, used to be 20 years for parts here in Europe.
Yours
Jerry
Asimware leaves the Amiga market : Comment 15 of 15ANN.lu
Posted by Iggy Drougge on 27-Sep-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (XDelusion):
At first, I though it very stuck-up not to release AsimCDFS and MasterISO for free, due to development being ceased.
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