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ShootMe (Screen Grabber) – the most popular screenshot utility gone from Android Market

ShootMe has been one of the very first apps that I put on a rooted device.  It has been one of the most downloaded screenshot devices in the Android Market.  Not only did it have over 1 million downloads and with a 4 star rating, it was one of the few free apps that allowed you to do screen grabs.  Not only did ShootMe allow screenshots but (provided your device is high end) also screencasting (an mpg video of screenshots).  In the last few days the developer decided to pull the app from the market.

Hoping to find some answers I followed the links in the market and found he had tweeted regarding the situation on August 21 and 23.  It appears that people have been driving him to wonder about the benefit of working on free apps.

Now, I have run into problems with ShootMe in the past – generally after flashing a rom and then restoring via MyBackUp Pro or Titanium Backup – and the fix has always been simple….uninstall and reinstall the app.  I am willing to bet that most people who complained via comments in the market or in email could have remedied their issues by trying that first.  The number of comments left stating (paraphrased) “No need for this, x phone was updated.” or “Why do we need root now, we didn’t before, you are stupid.” or any number of idiotic things people leave in the market are sadly part of the problem with humanity allowing comments.

I would very much like to see the developer choose to return to work on ShootMe and PicMe.  It’s sad to see a great app with a devoted developer go due to a lack of appreciation for the FREE work they put in.

From the developer:

Hi Cameron,
As an early android developer (been a fulltime professional dev for more then 2 years),
i’ve seen the android community grown from a more technical one to the mixed
bag it currently is. I’ve never minded to give support (even to less technical people),
but currently the amount of spammers/haters (or whatever you want to call them) have
grown up to a level it’s not worth any more to invest my sparse free time to. Some of these people are not
‘susceptible to normal reasoning’, whatever effort you put in explaining why rooting
is needed.
So, i’ve put SM currently on ice to give me some time to reflect about its future.
Hope to find a way to resurrect it soon.


Thanks (audio)

source: twitter





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  1. When he first started developing for Android the user base was significantly smaller.
    It’s not negative comments, it is the sheer number of them. We most likely could all deal with an insignificant amount of comments. It is the constant stream of nonsense or negativity that has driven him to this.
    He is losing too much time responding to the people who could avoid their issues if they either a) read the description or b) used common sense.

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