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One Week In

So, I’m one week into my release of Picture Switcher, and things are going great. Even with the somewhat rocky start, with Picture Switcher crashing for some people, things are going good. I, of course, wish that hadn’t happened for anyone, but even with all the testing in the world you can’t always catch everything.

In case anyone missed it, I released an update over the weekend to fix another potential crash while Picture Switcher is resolving alias files, and a fix for the”Picture Folders” panel showing up disabled when opened. If you haven’t already downloaded it, head over to Picture Switcher’s product page and grab it. If anyone is still having issues with Picture Switcher, please do contact me! I can’t fix bugs if I don’t know they exist.

In more personal news, yesterday (Sunday) was my birthday. I couldn’t have asked for a better present than the success of this release. I want to thank everyone out there - you all rock. I hope y’all had as great a day as I did. :)

Picture Switcher version 2

Yesterday, I released Picture Switcher 2.0.  I have been working for months on this new version, and it’s a bit strange to me to actually be finished with it. Not that one is ever really “finished” with a software product.

My release even proved that - all my testing and those of my testers had no problems, but when I finally released it out into the wild there were some people for whom Picture Switcher would crash on launch.  Just goes to show that all the planning in the world doesn’t always work out the way one wishes it would.  I’ve spent the last day tracking down the problem and have just released 2.0.1 to fix the problem.

So, the big news is that I’ve decided to charge for this version.  It’s never easy to make a freeware program into shareware.  I’m sure I’m already getting a lot of grumbles about it.  Some people are probably planning on saving the old (free) version.  Hey, that’s fine, if that’s what you want to do.  I felt it was time for me to step up my software.  I would like to do this as my job. I absolutely love writing code. This is step one toward that goal. Does this mean that I’m suddenly going to make all of my applications shareware? No. At the moment, I don’t have any plans to do so. I do reserve the right to change my mind about it, of course, but rest assured if I do for any of them they will have more features than they currently do.

Yes, I’m still alive

Hey all, sorry for the lack of posts. I hadn’t intended to go two months without posting. I suppose this makes it more of a rocky start than a bumpy one.

I thought I’d give a status update on where I am with things:

An update to Picture Switcher is about 88% done.
An update to Web Control is about 60% done.
An update to Desktop Log is about 40% done.
An update to Pref Setter is about 10% done.

As you may guess from the above, I’m spending most of my time with Picture Switcher. It’s keeping me rather busy, which has contributed to the lack of posts (though I’ll be honest and say not totally).

If it helps any, my friends are all wondering where I’ve disappeared to as well. ;)

Comments Fixed

Oops, my comment system somehow was a bit broken. It’s fixed now.

Sorry ’bout that, everyone.

Welcome to Ramblings of a Mad Poet

I’ve been thinking on and off over the last few… years, really… of starting up a blog. It’s a great way to keep in touch with my users, and gives me a voice in the developer world — something I have been wanting to do. So why has it taken me so long?

Well, the short and long of it is is that I’m a quiet person. I’m not much given to talking or writing something without it being a reply to someone else talking or writing to me. I enjoy reading blogs, but the thought of writing my own just rubbed me the wrong way. It’s somewhat contrary to my nature. There’s also the issue where I really don’t do a lot of exciting things, and I’ve often thought that any blog that I wrote would be a great way for an insomniac to have a way to go to sleep. :smiley2_tb:

So what changed my mind?