Joannes Vermorel’s guest post ‘3 Low-Competition Niches In Retail Software’ got quite a lot of interest. I also have various ideas for software-based products and services that I am never likely to develop due to a lack of time, money, skills or interest. I’m sure many of you reading this do as well. It seems a shame to leave all these ideas gathering dust when there is someone out there just about to waste a huge amount of energy writing the 2,133th Twitter app (and counting) due to lack of a better idea.
So I am inviting you to email in promising but neglected software-based product and service ideas so that I can publish the best ones here. Maybe it is a tool you would like to use or something that you think might be a good business but, either way, you are never going to implement it. They can be ideas for: enterprise SAAS, Windows programming libraries, iPad games, development tools – anything with a significant software component. It doesn’t have to be a radically new idea, it could be just a significantly different take on an existing idea. Hopefully some budding entrepreneurs will pick up some of these ideas and run with them. Note: By sending me your idea you are giving me permission to put it into the public domain for anyone to see.
Please email them to me at andy at oryxdigital at com with the subject line “product idea” by 12-Sep-11. They should be in plain text and conform to the following basic template:
A one sentence description of product.
A longer description of the product. Ideally 1 or 2 paragraphs.
Who you think the typical customer would be.
What you think the software would sell for.
Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, web etc.
Closest competitors (URLs ideally).
How your idea is different to the competitors.
Any particular challenges in creating or marketing this product.
What commercial potential does this product have? How many people do you think it could sustain full time?
Why not you?:
If it is such as great idea, why haven’t you created it?
How much market research you have done. ‘None’ is an acceptable answer.
(optional) Your contact details, if anyone wants to discuss the idea further. Can be an email, hyperlink, twitter account etc. It is also fine if you want to use a pseudonym or be anonymous.
Qt GUI checker.
Every time I create a new Windows using the Qt application framework I have to manually check all the controls have:
- non-conflicting keyboard shortcuts
- the correct left-right and top-to-bottom tab order
- correctly capitalised text
It is quite tedious when you do a lot of GUI development.
I’d pay $30.
Windows, Mac, Linux and other Qt platforms.
None that I know of.
QtDesigner lets you do these tasks manually, but I don’t know of any software that can do this automatically.
I don’t think it would be that difficult. You just need to parse the XML in a .ui file and present the results in a legible form.
Limited. Only of interest to Qt developers. Many people are using Qt for free, and people using free tools generally don’t like to pay for add-ons. It might make a good student or open source project though.
Why not you?:
I’ve got too much else on my plate! Also I am not convinced about the commercial potential.
No formal research, but I’ve been using Qt for over 10 years.