"iBox" bundles several Mac apps together

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  1. PurpleDragon, Nov 23, 2013
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    New app iBox was released by company "TopLineSoft Systems". App iBox is a bundle of several apps. Each app implements high demand functionality. The bundle contains the following apps:

    • iDisk (Disk Space Visualization).
    • iDouble (Duplicate Finder).
    • iWiFi (WiFi Explorer).

    The apps of the bundle not only cover the needs of wide Mac audience but every app also offers huge number of features equal to the size of feature lists found only in the best among similar apps from other software vendors. iBox is an extremely lucrative deal for Mac app buyers who would get single bundle containing diverse and feature-rich set of apps instead of searching for each app individually.

    We plan to add more apps in next updates. User's feedback and suggestions will be considered when deciding what apps to add to the bundle. Top priority will be given to the apps providing high demand functionality to keep the bundle useful for the large share of Mac user base. Update are going to be free which means that current iBox users would get new apps in updates at no cost. Our goal is to turn iBox into the Swiss-knife kind of app where every Mac user can find what he needs.

    We believe that multi-app bundles are the future of the app industry. Such bundles provide the best value to the user offering maximum functionality per dollar spent and also saving users from the burden to search vast amounts of apps in attempt to find the best app for each task separately.

     
  2. PurpleDragon thread starter macrumors member

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    We are constantly asked what apps we are going to add next. Currently we are just in a planning stage for the next update as the "iBox" was released just this week. It means that we have not determined what apps to add to the next update. However, your feedback would be helpful and greatly appreciated.

    We encourage members of this forum to give us suggestions. The important rule is that the app should be usable for wide Mac audience as mentioned in our previous post.
     
  3. chemten macrumors newbie

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    how does iDisk differ from other such programs like daisy disk? it looks very similar, but i'm not sure it would provide anything new that dd doesn't already do.

    iwifi does look nice.
     
  4. PurpleDragon, Nov 24, 2013
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    Thank you for the feedback.

    Yes, iDisk might look like Daisy Disk at first sight. The app Daisy Disk is one of the best among disk space visualizers for Mac specifically due to its beautiful chart animations, convenient in-app deletion with ability to drag-and-drop items to deletion list among other features. We implemented ALL that features, made a number of improvements and added more features on top of what Daisy Disk does. For example, our app allows chart rotation to any position you want. There is an option to include/exclude hidden files in iDisk. Top list in our app is a floating window that does not take up screen space from main window like in Daisy Disk. Our app dynamically re-colors chart to avoid sector colors to look alike (The more you drill down chart in Daisy Disk the more sector colors look alike). App iDisk also uses different and better (it is our opinion) strategy to mark folders on chart and in the top list. There are many other differences and improvement in our app iDisk comparing to Daisy Disk and other similar apps. Our goal was to build even better user experience on top of the best one existing on the market (Daisy Disk and other disk space visualizers).

    Generally, we identified high demand Mac app areas (disk space visualization, file duplicate elimination, wifi exploring), implemented THE MOST COMPLETE SET OF FEATURES, ADDED NEW FEATURES AND IMPROVED THE BEST USER EXPERIENCE EVEN MORE in our apps for that areas and packed it all together in one bundle. We will continue to follow such strategy when adding new apps to the bundle as we believe this leads to the best value product.
     
  5. PurpleDragon thread starter macrumors member

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    Video of

    We have redesigned the site and added video of the "iBox".
     
  6. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

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    Don't support cheap copycats.

    iDisk is DaisyDisk. iDouble is Gemini. iWiFi is inSSIDer. Now why would I want to buy iBox when I can buy any of these programs and get a more stable, robust product (because it went through a long development rather than aping a competitor's product)?
     
  7. PurpleDragon, Dec 8, 2013
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    Dear Pickaxe,

    I think you are wrong. Here is why:

    1) The apps included in the bundle "iBox" are NOT copies of DaisyDisk, Gemini, inSSIDer or any other app. We analyzed many apps, selected best features from different products, re-designed many of them and added a number of new features. Basically, we took the best user experience for the respective areas and did it even better. I encourage users to watch this video or download and try this free trial app to see for yourself.

    2) I think one extremely imporant point is overlooked here. The bundle is CONSTANTLY expanding as new apps are going to be added to it. What it means is that users who purchased the bundle would get all new apps in updates for free. No other Mac app vendor offers anything like that! I guess the question here is what apps we are going to add. Top priority is given to high value apps for tasks that have high demand in Mac User's community. That would keep the "iBox" valuable and useful for wide Mac user audience. We encourage everyone (doesn't matter users of "iBox" or not) to send us suggestion what apps you would love to have. We would definitely consider them for the future updates. Even if do not plan to buy "iBox" today you may do it later when you see app(s) in the bundle that are important for you.

    3) There are many respectable and popular apps built by bringing together and improving features from other separate apps. As a result, users have an opportunity to get just one app with everything they need instead of searching and buying many apps for each feature separately. Feature-rich apps also offer maximum value to customers per dollar spent. That's exactly what we are trying to achieve. Is that considered "copycating" and "aping" nowadays?
     

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