Last week I mentioned that I was trying out Remember the Milk and had recommended it to my wife and teenagers. It’s a cool AJAX to-do list manager that has some powerful features. However, I’ve found that what I’m really after is more elegant simplicity – and I’m back using Backpack.
Chicago-based software developer 37signals follows a philosophy of simpler-is-better that flies in the face of today’s so-called “bloatware.” Call it Amish software.
Jason Fried, 31, who founded the company in 1999 as the Internet boom was taking off, said his company’s philosophy is “less software.”The Deerfield native said, “Software is too complicated. It tries to solve too many problems. Developers try to outdo each other with more features. Every new version does more and more, when it should do less. We prefer to do fewer things, and not try to solve every problem. The way to win these days is to underdo.”
Rather than have the interface cluttered with every feature known to coders, the elegance of 37signals web aps make them both easy and fun to use. And their model of providing a free version of their web-apps and then charging you for more extensive use is a very good way to get you hooked. The pricing model is very fair. I’m setting Imbi up with a Backpack account and will also recommend it to my teenagers. Check it out here.
(Hat tip: CP:Fresh Signals)