AppleSource Software has been providing great business applications for Apple's wonderful Mac OS X for over 11 years. We are a unique blend of young and talented software developers, marketing and design specialists, and general tech enthusiasts brewed locally from the Pacific Northwest.
We believe that the Apple platform offers countless benefits to the professional market, but it's a lack of great business software for Mac that makes the switch more difficult than it has to be. We are here to solve this problem.
Part One: Create Amazing Software.
For a lot of us, computers can be frustrating, and we think this mainly has to do with software. More specifically, poorly written and badly designed software. We aim to change that! Software should be fun, computers should be fun, running software on your computer should be fun.
Great software should Just Work™. We define this with the following characteristics:
- It should be intuitive.
Software should not require more than 5 minutes to understand. A manual should be an option. Software shouldn't have features you won't need cluttering things up, and it should have the ones you do need at easy reach.
- It should be focused.
Software should have a narrow focus. It should do what it's supposed to do well while happily working with other software designed for other tasks. Bloatware need not apply.
- It should be scalable.
In non-techie speak, this means it should be remarkably easy to use without a minimal learning curve, and yet still allow you to do more complex things once you are ready to do them.
When faced with decisions on how to run our business, we always do the things that we ourselves would praise others for. This includes the obvious things, like:
- Giving fast & friendly responses to all support inquiries.
- Providing best-of-breed software at incredible prices.
- Loving what we do and always having fun.
- Being environmentally conscious in everything we do.
- Giving away swag and software to do-gooders and non-profits.
- Believing that customer satisfaction and product excellence are more important than money.
- Getting involved with local community user groups, fundraisers, city projects, etc.
Meet the Team
Perry Fjellman - Code Monkey/Support Ninja
Perry has been an avid Mac fanatic for over 15 years and has been writing code for almost as long. In high school he gave a persuasive speech on why Macs are better than PCs, and has debated the point passionately to anyone who will listen ever since. Perry started AppleSource in October 2000, but more on that later. Since then he has carefully crafted all of the products AppleSource Software is now famous for.
Perry spends his days performing the various and sundry code monkey duties at AppleSource. He writes all of the software and handles much of the support, does most of the designing, and takes care of the administrative things.
In his spare time (spare time? what spare time?!) Perry is an accomplished musician. He has recorded hundreds of songs and released 2 albums. Of course, he uses Macs for all of his recording and mastering needs, and as an added bonus his music can be heard in all of the product demonstration and training videos on our website.
Ian Darby - Customer Support Guru
Ian is utterly passionate about customer support. He has over 7 years of stellar sales and support experience handling tech support for big companies like Hewlett Packard, Stream and Plexis, and he has led teams on Circuit City's Firedog department and Best Buy's Geek Squad.
Our products are the beneficiary of his insanely high standards for design and integration, and no support call/e-mail goes unanswered on his watch. The master of the dreaded 2am-we-have-a-problem phone call or the emergency how-can-we-make-this-better marketing meeting, Ian won't accept anything less than perfect, and it simply must be done yesterday.
His hobbies include theming his iPhone, scouring the web for the latest mods to everything from import cars to AppleTV, and keeping us all on task with his focused drive and direction of creating bug-free applications with slick interfaces.
Sarah Jones - Quality Assurance/Marketing Master
Sarah has the ability to take software that should Just Work™ and bring it crashing to its knees. Turning this potential liability into a great asset, she now gets to play with our software way, way before it's finished. Her incredible ability to find bugs and point out interface improvements is invaluable.
When she's not testing software she's busy designing glossy buttons and candy-like reflective interfaces. Our resident Photoshop fiend, if there is something to be designed she is on it. She also loves scheming up marketing strategies and doing research to make our products and websites even better, and she shields the company's messy-hair coffee-breath image with her bright smile and exuberant charm.
Off the clock, Sarah has her iPhone permanently attached to her hand and shows off her gamer girl skills on XBOX 360 and Nintendo DS. She also loves to draw and paint and often inspires designs you see in our products from her artwork.
Kris Parker - Web Host with the Most
Kris Parker owns and operates his own parent company called Media Hosting. He has provided server space and bandwidth for the numerous websites and server projects that we run, he maintains all of the backends for scripting and statistics providing, and if there is ever a problem he gets it fixed in minutes.
In addition to his web hosting services, Kris is an accomplished web designer. He uses the Mac OS X environment to develop corporate websites and large scale databases, and he uses our products daily to manage his businesses. He beta tests pre-release versions of our software and comes up with truly great ideas for new features and improvements.
When Kris isn't taming his servers or dealing with clients he is grateful to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He fishes and snowboards, and spends the rest of his time building/working on his beloved Volkswagen A3 VR6. It is true love and pure satisfaction owning a fast German car.
We are located in Southern Oregon, USA in the Pacific timezone. You may reach us in the following ways: