IT would FEAR me!
After posting a great review a couple of weeks ago, Nik Cubrilovic of Techcrunch convinced us to put up a new screencast of Dabble DB. This is a reproduction of the short demo we gave at Under the Radar, which unfortunately hadn’t been recorded live. Because of UTR’s time constraints, it’s a very fast paced demo, done (as we did it there) with Andrew at the controls while I narrate so as not to waste any time. Screencasts are usually more measured, leisurely affairs, so I was a little bit worried that what worked well in a high energy conference demo wouldn’t translate to Quicktime. On the other hand, I’m bored and impatient often enough when watching the usual style of screencast that we decided this might be worth trying.
It seems to have worked. Evan DiBiase writes, for example, that
… after watching [the screencast], which seemed exactly as long as it needed to be to effectively show off what it wanted to, I realized that not only was I enthralled while watching, but that screenshots alone wouldn’t have done the product any justice.
In the comments on Techcrunch, John D’Agostino writes “I can now say after watching the screencast that this is going to be a killer application” and another commenter notes that “Screenshots really don’t do this app justice. The capability of this app is just incredible.” I don’t know if we would have gotten similar reactions from a slower presentation style, but I suspect not, if only because we couldn’t have conveyed as much of the richness of the application in the same amount of time.
My favorite reaction, however, is from Zeke Sneaker in a post titled “DabbleDB: A Programming Tool Even a Creative Could Love”, written after watching the demo:
The way it works now is I sketch out what I want the system to do and then bounce it off of IT and then I wait. And wait. And wait for something to possibly, maybe, perhaps happen.
If Dabble DB afforded me the ability to cobble something that actually worked, hey, that would be incredibly useful. And (this is important) IT would FEAR me!
This is important, indeed.