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June 8, 2013

Xojo: An Old New Kid on The Block

Until 4th June this year the company had the name Real Software Inc and their product, a cross-platform developing kit, had the name Real Studio. However, the company name is now Xojo Inc and the product’s name is Xojo.

Bob Keeney, founder of BKeeney Software, has written a great review about Xojo 2013r1. I refer to that articles then write one myself.

Here I will bring up two important subjects, Xojo in Windows and Missing Controls – Expensive to buy.

Xojo in Windows

When I started to hang around and lurk around I got the impression that the major group of developer are on the Apple platform. Since then it has been confirmed in many ways and with the transformation of Real Studio UI to Xojo UI it’s quite clear that Xojo Inc favor the Apple platform. Have a look on the below screen shot, is it Windows or?

Xojo in Windows

Missing Controls – Expensive to buy

If I buy a development tool like Xojo I expect to have included a bunch of basic controls. Xojo Inc do not follow the main stream of development tools. They have excluded two important controls, a Data Grid and a Chart control.

In fact, they have placed themselves as hostage to 3rd party controls by some vendors. For developers it gets more expensive and by using the 3rd party controls the developers are also in the hand of the 3rd party vendors.

OK, we start first with buying a license of Xojo Desktop for US$ 300 (excluding VAT).

Suppose we need a descent Data Grid control we then must buy a collection of plug-ins. The collection has a price of US$ 199 (excluding VAT) with a subscription of one year.

Next, we realize we need a chart control. It exist a free chart control but it has not been updated for the last years. Beside that, it lack a lot of feature. Our real option is to buy a commercial Chart control. It cost US$ 26o (excluding VAT).

Let us summarize it:

  • We pay US$ 300 for one Xojo Desktop License
  • We pay US$ 560 for two basic controls!
  • All in all, we pay US$ 860 (excluding VAT)

We actually pay more for two basic controls then what one license of Xojo Desktop cost! That sucks.

Badwill can be created in many ways. Badwill created this way can easily be avoided; provide a Data Grid control and a Chart control as part of Xojo packages.

Is it only me who find it unacceptable?

Xojo is an interesting development too and I find the job done by Xojo Inc to be good. However, given the present feedback Xojo need one or two releases before all the teething are gone.

Finally, the subject for this article is related to the fact that Xojo is based on Real Studio so in one way it’s new in another way it’s old.

Kind regards,


  1. I always found the Real Studio suite to be a very nice alternative for Visual Basic on alternative platforms such as Mac OS X and Linux. Also, it works like a charm in Windows. I found it to be quite expensive if we compare it to Gambas, but is multiplatform. However, at least this version, runs extremely slow and clumsy in computers of low resources (but no too low, if I’m to say). I’m running the environment in Lubunto, a lightweight Ubuntu distro in which most Ubuntu/Debian software runs nicely. But Xojo does not, as a matter of fact, in this Lubuntu Sony Vaio Atom 1,6 GHz with to 2 Gb of RAM, Xojo runs slowler than Real Basic 2011 under the WINE layer. It runs so slow that programming with it is a pain in the *ss. Many Linux users jump onto the platform of the penguin because they rely on the many distributions to make their not so powerful computers to be able to do what any other modern computer can (but gaming, of course). Xojo does not follow this philosophy.

    Comment by guilly — October 19, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    • Thanks for Your comment. Yes, I see quite a lot of Linux developers who experience the same thing, runs very slow.

      I expected it to be resolved with the latest release. But it seems it still persist…

      Kind regards,

      Comment by Dennis M Wallentin — October 20, 2013 @ 12:23 am

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