The $900 iPad app

EP Visual Design, a Pennsylvania-based software development firm, is now offering a $900 app in the App Store for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. 

Targeted toward corporate and government customers, SiteCloner Publisher enables its customers to build apps that can publish content to end users through HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP connections. The app also features local storage for offline viewing, user permissions, customizable user interfaces, compare and download, error checking, and download restarts. 

Sounds great, but is it really worth $900? Pete Meyers of EP Visual seems to think so: “'The app contains two years of in-house development work, so we didn’t want to make it too cheap. If we sell a few of them, hopefully we can lower the price.' Meyers explained that hospitals, for example, could make use of SiteClone because they’re notorious for poor internet connections."

More information on SiteClone is available at their homepage and at the App Store

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The same result can be achieved with html5. Though ftp may not be available still everything is possible without it.

JFC I nearly spilt my cup of tea when I read this article. Well it is one way of making money with the iPad... Sell it with your own software, but nearly $ 1.000.00 is taking the pi**.

Guess what? Consumer demand affects prices on the app store too. Remember when the iPhone app store first launched? There were a lot of $9.99 games. They probably sold well at first, but dropping sales forced developers to price apps in line with consumer demand. Because of the high-volume nature of the app store, even a small change in price can have big repercussions on a developer's bottom line.

Mike Frett said,
This should not surprise anybody really, after all, it's humans we are talking about here.
yes damn humans! we start invasion tomorrow yes?

How have they been developing it for two years if the iPad was only announced a few weeks ago? The description sounds like it wouldn't be made with the iPhone/iTouch in mind, and it is an extremely stupid business plan to develop software for a platform that hasn't even been announced yet.

Raise your hand if you are as sick of the iPad hype as you were of the iPhone hype?
Good god people! It's a LOCKED DOWN mini computer. You can't install what YOU want, you have to have the blessing of "Mr Jobs". Heck, even if I were wanting to get this overpriced toy, I'd wait for version 2.0 at the least, but, you have to hand it to Jobs...he knows how to build up hype, so that everyone "wants" something they do not really need. The Apple fanboys will be lined up around the block once again.

naap51stang said,
Raise your hand if you are as sick of the iPad hype as you were of the iPhone hype?
Good god people! It's a LOCKED DOWN mini computer. You can't install what YOU want, you have to have the blessing of "Mr Jobs". Heck, even if I were wanting to get this overpriced toy, I'd wait for version 2.0 at the least, but, you have to hand it to Jobs...he knows how to build up hype, so that everyone "wants" something they do not really need. The Apple fanboys will be lined up around the block once again.

In all fairness, it's just like a games console.

naap51stang said,
The Apple fanboys will be lined up around the block once again.
It's saddening to see the amount of people who are literally being conned into buying this **** piece.

PureLegend said,

In all fairness, it's just like a games console.

Um...except a games console is marketed to play games and an iPad is marketed as a "PC"

mokthraka said,
games take years and years and years to develope, and cost more.

yet I pay $60 for them


Most $60 games sell FAR more higher quantity than this will. There is a bigger market and more competition in games than there is in..whatever this thing is in

The Watcher said,
This is free publicity though.

True, but publicity that elicits such negative comments (and rightfully so), like this, != helping sales.

Its taken me all my life to think of an idea but when I think of it and do it I'm going to charge 1 million dollars because it took me 50 years to think of it and develop it.

Some games take 2 years to make and they charge $100, I think this company has the wrong mentality.

and this is the direction things go, with the purchase of an iPad, swift price hikes, small at first but the greed will take over with this locked-in closed off TPM,DRM'd device, forgive me if i never jump aboard this bandwagon
we were already paying entirely too much for content, digital or otherwise

Sadly there is probably going to be tons of governments and corporate customers grabbing this up considering the amount of ridiculous spending that goes on in both sectors.

Yeah, unless that app comes with an iPad bundled, it's not worth that price no matter how good they claim it is! that is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

Edited by Xerxes, Apr 3 2010, 3:28am :

Xerxes said,
Yeah, unless that app comes with an iPad bundled, it's not worth that price no matter how good they claim it is! that is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

There is a lack of spending these days. My mum works on the NHS and she can't even get them to replace her work trousers which have holes in.

mindscape said,
Oh WOW, TWO years of development.

Even Windows isn't priced this ridiculously.


Yeah, this reeks of business failure. This is not how it works. Sure, two years of development can cost you a lot of money especially if a whole team is to get their paychecks, but it's a bet you make, and then sell the software for a reasonable price, hoping it'll make up for the cost in the long term. You can skew the odds to your favor by doing market analysis in advance.

Not "let's sell this app with some huge price tag and hope we'll make a lot of money back, then drop the price". This app isn't even in a business without competition.

Edited by Northgrove, Apr 3 2010, 12:36pm :