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Software for Mac

Post by coffeysh » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:00 am

I have heard great things about the pico scopes, but without a stable version of the Mac software I will have to search an alternate product. I can't afford do purchase a PC on top of the Scope cost.

One message I saw from the company was they had a more important software project that was taking them away from the Mac software. Well you are losing business because of this. I won't buy from Picoscope.
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Re: Software for Mac

Post by Gerry » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:43 pm

Hi coffeysh,

The Mac software you talk about is the PicoScope 6 Beta, which has some issues (missing features, bugs, etc). So rather than fix this software, only for it to always be a few steps behind what is in the Windows software we decided to completely re-write the software so that the Windows, Mac, And Linux versions would always be up-to-date with the latest features. So, this is the more important software project that you mentioned. We believe it is what Mac and Linux users have been asking for and we are aiming to get this done as quickly as we can.

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Re: Software for Mac

Post by AC/DC » Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:32 pm

Hopefully this means it will be a native App (Swift or Xojo), no longer depending on Mono (big, slow, ugly).

However, no matter what IDE / language is used, "always be up-to-date with the latest features" does not depend on that. It is purely a matter of available resources to actually DO it, since there is ALWAYS extra work for each platform.

Mono was for sure chosen to have different platforms with one code base, saving work & time. Reality shows that this is true. And false, because multi-platform languages always have missing features, extra bugs, and you end up fixing things and finding workarounds for them. Not always possible, and it costs a lot of time.

Probably Xojo would work (it's quite fast and produces small & native apps), but I guess using platform native languages is a better choice for time/performance critical software.

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Re: Software for Mac

Post by Gerry » Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:17 am

Hi coffeysh,

That's just it, key aspects of the development environment are platform independent, so there WON'T be the usual extra work for each platform, which is why I said the Windows, Mac, And Linux versions would always be up-to-date with the latest features.

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Re: Software for Mac

Post by Jonno » Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:07 am

Gerry, it's great that Pico say they are developing the software for all platforms. However it's simply not happening. The 'beta' software has been around for years and there is no commitment to fixing it. Not even the simple annoying bugs, let alone the missing functionality. Even fixing a couple of the most annoying bugs would greatly improve the user experience and customer relations. It wouldn't cost much.
How long can it take for a committed company to develop a working app? If the company doesn't invest in their products then they can't expect the returns.
I have already warned two potential customers off Picoscope because of the non existent product support. One of these was looking to buy around 10 devices.
As soon as Pico develop some decent software and some genuine commitment to customer support I'll change my recommendation.

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Re: Software for Mac

Post by Martyn » Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:34 am

We have released PicoScope 7 Automotive so it is coming.
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