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MacRumors
Jul 20, 2012, 02:25 PM
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While today's big acquisition news has been Google's purchase of Sparrow (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/20/alternative-email-client-sparrow-acquired-by-google/), another prominent Mac and iOS developer has also been swallowed up by a major Silicon Valley company.

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Acrylic Software has announced (http://blog.acrylicapps.com/post/27635101056/our-next-project-facebook) (via The Next Web (http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/07/20/facebook-acquires-ios-and-mac-developer-acrylic-makers-of-wallet-and-rss-reader-pulp/)) that it has been acquired by Facebook, which is bringing on the Acrylic team for its expertise rather than its current products, which include RSS reader Pulp (iPad (http://www.appshopper.com/news/times-for-ipad), Mac (http://www.appshopper.com/mac/news/pulp)) and secure personal database app Wallet (iOS (http://www.appshopper.com/productivity/wallet), Mac (http://www.appshopper.com/mac/productivity/wallet)).Facebook is an invaluable service that we all use daily, and a company I believe is one of the most innovative and important around today. After visiting late last year, I discovered that we shared many of the same core product design goals and principles, and it soon became obvious that it was a natural fit. Simply put, there's an opportunity at Facebook to have a big impact in many people's lives. More importantly, Facebook is full of extremely talented people who will be able to help realize its full potential in the years to come.Acrylic's apps are not included in the deal, although the developer plans to continue offering them in their current states.


Article Link: Facebook Acquires 'Pulp' and 'Wallet' Developer Acrylic Software (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/20/facebook-acquires-pulp-and-wallet-developer-acrylic-software/)



miles01110
Jul 20, 2012, 02:27 PM
More importantly, [large company] is full of extremely talented people who will be able to help realize [small company's] full potential in the years to come.

And that's the state of independent software development these days.

adildacoolset
Jul 20, 2012, 02:36 PM
I still hate facebook

el3ktro
Jul 20, 2012, 02:36 PM
Acrylic's apps are not included in the deal, although the developer plans to continue offering them in their current states.

So does that mean no more updates to Wallet? I actually like it, but it hasn't seen an update in months now, despite the developer claiming that he's 'working on it'. May be the time to look out for another digital wallet app. Any recommendations for one that works on the iPhone and OS X?

dokujaryu
Jul 20, 2012, 02:38 PM
Don't poach our employees to get their expertise! Just buy our damn company!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5atPYaxX0lM

mx01
Jul 20, 2012, 02:39 PM
And that's the state of independent software development these days.

I think it's quiet the opposite:

More importantly,[small company's] is full of extremely talented people who will be able to help realize [large company] full potential in the years to come.

… from what I've read there's a shortage of talented people in the sillicon valley and companies like facebook and google acquire small businesses to get hold of new talented staff.

MultiMediaWill
Jul 20, 2012, 02:41 PM
This is page 2 news dude.

macaddict06
Jul 20, 2012, 02:42 PM
"...we shared many of the same core product design goals and principles"

Wait. So you've used their services (i.e. the FB app) daily and you STILL feel that you share that much in common? The biggest problem I have with FB is its design principles and goals, as the app neither works nor is delivered on a timely basis.

Don't insult yourself at the expense of your forthcoming buyout, buddy.

50548
Jul 20, 2012, 02:45 PM
I still hate facebook

Never used those apps, so now there's even LESS reason to do so...**** Mark Sugarloaf's Bookface.

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This is page 2 news dude.

Make that page 3, please. Slow news day, Arn?

hollerz
Jul 20, 2012, 02:51 PM
I use Pulp daily, it's a great app. Disappointed there won't be any more updates, was hoping for an iPhone version at some point :(

SeanMcg
Jul 20, 2012, 02:52 PM
Facebook is an invaluable service that we all use daily

"I do not think it means what you think it means"

illitrate23
Jul 20, 2012, 02:52 PM
damn that's annoying. I really liked Wallet, i liked how easy and quick it was to use, and how it sync'd across all my iOS and OS X systems.
So now i'm going to have to find another app that does the same thing, and then spend AGES moving everything across.

charlesdayton
Jul 20, 2012, 03:07 PM
Now Facebook will have access to all that data from Wallet users. :eek:

TheBlankPage
Jul 20, 2012, 03:18 PM
As a longtime user of Wallet, I have to say I'm more than a bit disappointed by this news. It has been a slick way to keep my passwords and info synced across all my devices (and a comparatively inexpensive one at that...)

Wow, we lose Wallet AND Sparrow in one day... I understand that 'you answer when the big boys come calling', but it still sucks for users of these independent software solutions. :(

GorgonPhone
Jul 20, 2012, 03:19 PM
And that's the state of independent software development these days.

why does the facebook app suck?? they have all that money and all those people and they cant make a simple ios app work well??WTF

EmpyreanUK
Jul 20, 2012, 03:21 PM
I use Pulp daily, it's a great app. Disappointed there won't be any more updates, was hoping for an iPhone version at some point :(
This is exactly what I thought when I saw Acrylic break the news on Twitter. I've been using Pulp for probably less than a month, but I think that it's an outstanding application, and I was really hoping to see an iPhone version. I asked the developers if this was ever likely to happen, and they said that they were looking into it. Well, they obviously weren't, as this was just a matter of weeks before they announce that they're moving to California to be absorbed into the Facebook juggernaut.

The full blog post on the Acrylic website did make me laugh, however, when it was noted that Facebook had not bought (a word that I feel is a bit more active and descriptive than the ubiquitous 'acquired') Pulp or Wallet, but they were nevertheless essentially being discontinued, yet readers were apparently supposed to find consolation in the fact that these applications would continue to be sold.

Well isn't that heroic: they've sold out, but at least they're willing to carry on peddling what is essentially now abandonware for personal profit. Consider my worries assuaged, Acrylic.

Chrisg2014
Jul 20, 2012, 03:23 PM
I hate it when big companies get bigger...

Xero910
Jul 20, 2012, 03:48 PM
Aww! I love Pulp and Wallet. I really hope they keep them as stand-alone products. Id hate to see Pulp get integrated with Facebook.

ovrlrd
Jul 20, 2012, 03:52 PM
Damn I love Wallet and was hoping they would do an OS X retina update. Guess I need to switch to 1password.

elppa
Jul 20, 2012, 04:04 PM
To go along with sofa.

I wonder what they are cooking?

They seem to be amassing quite a collection of good Mac developers.

pubwvj
Jul 20, 2012, 04:06 PM
"Facebook is an invaluable service that we all use daily"

No. Interesting how people over estimate FB and other thing's impact. Many people don't use FB at all never mind daily.

Cougarcat
Jul 20, 2012, 04:15 PM
Very sad. I love Pulp, I was hoping Acrylic would eventually make an iPhone version.

finalcut
Jul 20, 2012, 04:22 PM
As a longtime user of Wallet, I have to say I'm more than a bit disappointed by this news. It has been a slick way to keep my passwords and info synced across all my devices (and a comparatively inexpensive one at that...)

Wow, we lose Wallet AND Sparrow in one day... I understand that 'you answer when the big boys come calling', but it still sucks for users of these independent software solutions. :(
it is now the time to turn toward iPassword app. This is until they get bought as well hehe

bboucher790
Jul 20, 2012, 04:29 PM
Facerumors.com

Thunderhawks
Jul 20, 2012, 04:29 PM
I still hate facebook

haha, LOL and then some

....an invaluable service we use every day?

Lived all my life without Facebook and will continue to do so
until I am ashes!

sasza
Jul 20, 2012, 04:31 PM
Happy I got Concealer from Mac AppStore last week for 2$ :D

msimpson
Jul 20, 2012, 05:05 PM
"Facebook is an invaluable service that we all use daily"

No. Interesting how people over estimate FB and other thing's impact. Many people don't use FB at all never mind daily.

Exactly! So many companies seem to think tying themselves to FB is going to make them successful, when there are many potential customers who never use FB.

And the companies lose their own brand identity and direct customer interaction. Soon they will be just be "that place on Facebook".

But I don't blame the developers for selling out and taking Facebook's cash. Unless they have tied the key employees up in employment contracts as part of the deal, they can take the money and move on. I hope they got cash for the deal, and not just shares of Facebook stock.

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haha, LOL and then some

....an invaluable service we use every day?

Lived all my life without Facebook and will continue to do so
until I am ashes!

Don't you still use your AOL and Compuserve accounts daily? :rolleyes:

CB radios were invaluable and used daily, good buddy. 10-4.

dermeister
Jul 20, 2012, 05:26 PM
This isn't page 2 news, it's confirmation of a trend - Apple's competitors can't compete, so they are buying up Apple's best developers with cash. It's going to be a big problem for Apple.

kockgunner
Jul 20, 2012, 08:32 PM
This isn't page 2 news, it's confirmation of a trend - Apple's competitors can't compete, so they are buying up Apple's best developers with cash. It's going to be a big problem for Apple.

I don't want to sound like a fanboy, but I tend to agree. Apple developers often have more polished apps and attention to detail. Even their websites show they care and use fancy HTML 5 transitions and large user friendly buttons. Just buying up independent companies is good for the buying company, but gobbles up choice.

diarbyrag
Jul 20, 2012, 08:40 PM
Sorry, this sell out is kop out, if Google haven't bought the apps what the hell have they paid big bucks for ?

As if FB and the Googlemeister don't own enough of your data.

my data moved to my own database, Wallet is in the bin next to the dead Sparrow.

TheMadCow
Jul 20, 2012, 09:28 PM
damn that's annoying. I really liked Wallet, i liked how easy and quick it was to use, and how it sync'd across all my iOS and OS X systems.
So now i'm going to have to find another app that does the same thing, and then spend AGES moving everything across.

I just jumped to 1Password (they get the top ratings). Prepare to pay a boatload more. Doesn't import the Wallet data (but does everyone elses data formats), interface blows compared to Wallet. And it's clunky feeling. Not happy. Not happy at all.

-GM

I WAS the one
Jul 21, 2012, 01:22 AM
Oh damn! There go my fav rss app to the toilet!

DKZ
Jul 21, 2012, 04:16 AM
I was weary of buying Pulp, after having bought and used Times for a while. My experience showed a developer with good ideas but bad apps, and little regard for their customers. Little to no fixes or updates and almost no news. Pulp, which is essentially Times 2.0, wasn't offered as an update or anything.

I should have listened to my gut feeling. Pulp is buggy for me under ML and now it seems there won't be any fixes. Oh well, back to Reeder I guess.

el3ktro
Jul 21, 2012, 04:30 AM
I just jumped to 1Password (they get the top ratings). Prepare to pay a boatload more. Doesn't import the Wallet data (but does everyone elses data formats), interface blows compared to Wallet. And it's clunky feeling. Not happy. Not happy at all.

Was looking at 1Password too. Problem: Way too expensive, I personally don't like the look, I miss the easiness of Wallet and - the worst thing - it's data fields only make sense in the US, completely useless everywhere else.

I might just code my own Wallet replacement ...

tigress666
Jul 21, 2012, 10:48 AM
damn that's annoying. I really liked Wallet, i liked how easy and quick it was to use, and how it sync'd across all my iOS and OS X systems.
So now i'm going to have to find another app that does the same thing, and then spend AGES moving everything across.

I've been using eWallet since before the iphone came out and it was one of the first apps I got for the iPhone. They also let you synch across icloud (if you trust it) between your iPHone and iPad and they have a Mac app that will synch as well (without iCloud but you pay seperately for the Mac app. I'm too cheap and don't really need it on my mac so I don't). It also supports many different platforms and from the reviews if you change platforms it will synch the information fine (so you don't lose it if you decide to change phone ecosystems and if you have windows you can get it to synch from your iphone on that too).

I'm actually surprised no one has mentioned eWallet. That app has been around longer than the others from what I've seen (as I said, it was around before the iPhone even came out). And I think the interface is pretty good.

Nomadski
Jul 21, 2012, 08:42 PM
Expect to see "[Insert Name Here] has just bought a blow up doll from Dolls R Us (Like Here)" in your timeline any day soon.

egoldin
Jul 22, 2012, 11:32 AM
First Sparrow, now Wallet? Two apps in my dock, both killed in a single week? Really disappointing. Especially as in both cases, it didn't so much validate the attractiveness of Mac apps, but just show the need for more engineers to move to behemoths.