Software releases – time vs. quality

I’ve just started using Topo Explorer – and to be honest it’s one of the most bug-ridden pieces of code I’ve seen in a long time.

It looks evident that a ‘date for ship’ was set; product out of the door regardless of quality, feature completeness or usability.

I’ve been logging issues in the forum; issues include high CPU and RAM utilisation; corrupted profiles; IE errors – and lots and lots of half-finished usability features.

More concerning is that the username and password for the Topo web service are stored in clear text in an xml doc in the local profile. This user name and password are tied to the users email address, contact details and most importantly credits and purchase history for the Topo Super Quad maps. Very poor.

2 Replies to “Software releases – time vs. quality”

  1. This too was disappointing to me, especially since I purchased the product at a store. Then I come to the forums and see the word “beta” prominently displayed.

    I’m torn between taking it back or waiting it out. My store purchase got me 25 map credits, and I’ve actually used one of them.

    I’ve beta-tested games before with less bugs and better functionality. But I don’t like paying for the privelege.

  2. This too was disappointing to me, especially since I purchased the product at a store. Then I come to the forums and see the word “beta” prominently displayed.

    I’m torn between taking it back or waiting it out. My store purchase got me 25 map credits, and I’ve actually used one of them.

    I’ve beta-tested games before with less bugs and better functionality. But I don’t like paying for the privelege.

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