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Open Thread Wednesday: What Software Do You Refuse to Update?

A comic titled, 'An update is available for your computer.' A Linux user says, 'Cool, more free stuff!' A Windows user says, 'Not Again!' And a Mac user says, 'Ooh, only $99!'

I’ll be honest: there’s not much I like more than a good software update. When I get a pop-up telling me that there’s a new version available, I tend to click “Install and restart” faster than our new puppy hops onto the table when my back is turned. My general feeling is that new versions of things I like will be even more likely to be likable. And for the most part, I tend to be right.

But there’s an exception. I’ve been a huge fan of the screenshot tool Skitch ever since Jason reviewed it in September of 2009. (That’s right, PH is four years old now. For what it’s worth, that’s about 300 in blog years.) Skitch is great for capturing a portion of your screen and then adding text or making quick annotations to it. It’s a tool that I use every single day.

Back in 2011, however, Skitch was acquired by Evernote. In some ways, I suppose, this is good. A drawback of Skitch was that the screenshots I did on my laptop couldn’t be shared easily with Skitch on my desktop. Once plugged into the Evernote system, your screenshots go with you everywhere. Indeed, this portability is one of the reasons why ProfHackers like Evernote: Kathleen became an Evernote convert and Shawn Miller’s detailed overview recommends it for collecting and transporting your thoughts.

But when Skitch first became available in its Evernote version, I immediately heard complaints. Many of the application’s must handy features no longer existed. The app no longer worked from the Mac’s menu bar. (ProfHacker’s got tips for tidying up your menu bar, by the way.) The new Skitch no longer allowed you to easily resize a screenshot’s dimensions with a single click. Retitling a screenshot was difficult. You couldn’t save the file with a drag-and-drop any longer. And you couldn’t publish the file to Flickr. Given all of the features that the new version of Skitch had abandoned, I refused to push “update.”

In the two years since the Evernote acquisition, I’ve pretty much continued this stance. I’ve experimented with the new version on my desktop, and many of those missing features have eventually showed up. But not all of them have been built in, and I don’t expect that they will. For this reason, I’m still running Skitch 1.0 on my laptop, and I don’t ever plan to change. To Evernote’s credit, if you want this original version of Skitch for Mac, they still make it available (that link is to a direct download).

I’m guessing that I’m not the only person who believes that the original version of a (software) tool was better than subsequent updates. So I’m curious: what software do you refuse to update? Let us know in the comments!

Lead image: An update / upgrade is available for your [linux / windows / mac] computer…via stickycomics.com @stickycomics / CC BY 2.0

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