Few days ago I got email from webmaster of Acme Files, asking for a review. I don’t receive many of these (hint) and liked that email stressed request for objective review including both upsides and downsides.
What it offers
Acme Files is download-centric portal. It doesn’t offer editorials and other type of self-produced content, focusing on offering direct and self-hosted software downloads . Choice of titles shows reasonable amount of research – most (if not all) of common apps are presented.
Older versions are hosted as well but for few titles I clicked those went back only one-two versions. Site may accumulate more over time, useless at moment.
Had they seen FileHippo?
This was rhetoric. Both overall site formula and design choices are very much like those of FileHippo .
I think software portals are seriously underestimating web design. There are less of them comparing to smaller sites (like blogs) and for competing with giant portals interesting design and usability decisions could really add some edge. Copying is cheap shortcut here and those rarely work.
Acme Files is easy to navigate and perfectly fulfills function of providing downloads. However that is first and last function it actually has. There is no extra content, no additional tools of any kind and it’s even lacking RSS feed.
Foundation is neat but it’s those extras that will come later (I hope) that will decide would it have a chance of competing with already established portals.