I am gradually filling Appnews with more and more software titles. And when you see so many software titles together it can really hit you how clever (or dumb) and common (or dumb) the art of naming software had become.
So I present you my biased list of overused software naming techniques. :)
- Free … – we have good common sense and know how to use Google.
- i… – we like Apple OR really naive.
- g… – Google related OR our company starts with g (and we can’t change it).
- Y… – Yahoo uses bigger letter (and no one else uses Y).
- [greek letter]… – it looks cool and we chuckle imaging users trying to type it.
- Web… – doesn’t work offline.
- Open… – we are proudly open source enthusiasts OR it opens something.
- Vista … – we are too small for Microsoft to notice OR we had been unfortunate to name it this five years before Vista.
- Win7 … – we are cashing on the hype.
- Does This – it does this and we don’t care there are already five Does This software products from other companies.
- Something Weird – we don’t care you don’t get it.
- Our Company … – we have branded software lineup OR we got hundred (thousands) emails from users asking support for one of five others Does This products.
- Other Compa … – someone did work for us and kindly provided API.
- … Pro – sounds cool OR does things we hacked from crippled free version.
- … Lite – less then Pro.
- … Portable – it is portable OR we heard people like portable and made something that barely works without installation.
- … U3 – we are providing version for people who bought U3 flash drive but still don’t get what portable is.
- … .NET – we hadn’t bothered to make it work without framework.
- … XP – we think it sounds cool but don’t quite get what it means.
- … 95 – we dropped it long ago.
- … 2000 – seemed cool in 2000 OR marketing had a say in 95.
- … 2015 – marketing had a say.
- … [year].[month] – we got tired of tracking builds OR hey, this works good for Ubuntu.
- … version 0.X – it will work (some day) OR we are chasing perfection (for 10 years already).
- … version 0.9X – we are afraid to commit.
- … version X – we are working on it.
- … version X.X – we are actively working on it.
- … version X.X.XXXXX.XX – we use fancy software build tracking and want world to know.
- … Alpha – we are not seriously thinking this is usable.
- … Beta – this is beta OR it’s kind cool to call it beta, we get away when users suffer data loss from bugs and it works good for Google.
- … RC – boss demanded to release final version at last.
Ouch, this looks more mean than I planned to. :)
Know a technique I missed? Share it in the comments.