I think there is a market for this but people havent been exposed to the possibility yet.
However, the market is just not there for such program. Yes, you and a couple of others would use it but that doesn't pay for development cost. For example, look around your field and survey the transmitters being used and ask the owners if they would like PC programming for a couple of hundred dollars.
Similar arguments have been used against everything from Color TV to the Internet itself. (I'm not trying to cause a flame war. Please dont take it that way) I remember for years, my Dad saying how he had no use for the internet or even a computer.... today, he sends me pictures of his planes from his laptop ( I wonder if he's reading this thread).
Today, application development is cheap to say the least. There is a whole community of developers out there (Open Source) that write very high quality and FREE software. It seems like anything that has an interface has a following of programmers.
True, not everyone has a laptop that they can carry down to their shops but laptop sales are gaining on desktop sales. I certainly dont want to relpace the onboard configuration interface. I just want to have easier options.
The hardware is already in place. Modern Txs are computers. They have memory, an interface and a CPU...which means they already have a method to plug in another computer to program it. Why not open up that interface with a usb jack and let others write the drivers and software?
A PC interface and related software shouldnt cause a $200.00 radio to cost $400.00. I can buy an entire PC today for $500.00. It probobly cost the companies more to build that tiny screen and button interface on their radios than it would to stick a usb jack on the side and document the sys calls.
Just my own $.02 here. Being in the IT industry, I'm surounded by new tech every day and sometimes assume everyone thinks like me
Hope I didnt offend anyone. That wasnt my intention.