Notes from a Floating Life Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life

Does Having More Features Make Something "Better"?

Not necessarily. Usually, it means a piece of software or a device has more features than a competitor. But that doesn’t make the application or device better or more useful.

For many people, those extra features are a burden. They’re more than what those people need. The 80/20 rule and all that.

Let’s take image editing software, for example. Most people would say that the only application you need is Photoshop or The GIMP (an open source tool for manipulating photos). Both are packed with features that a pro would love. But for the average person, who just wants to crop or resize or touch up a photo, Photoshop and The GIMP are overkill. Tools like PicMonkey and Pixlr Touch Up are more than enough for their needs.

Everyone has different needs. One size doesn’t fit all. You need to choose your tools based on your individual needs. Not based on what you might need at some unspecified time in the future. And not based on what someone thinks you need. And definitely not based on someone’s notion that everyone requires the most advanced and expensive tools to do a job. They don’t.

What makes a tool better is whether or not it meets your needs. Nothing more.

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