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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.

With all of the new features that Picture Switcher is now packing, I feel it is worth it.  Originally, I had planned to sell it for a lower price for a week, but with the problems with Picture Switcher crashing I pushed it back two more days – so now it is on sale for $20.00 through October 3, 2007 11:59 PM EDT.  Consider the price something between an upgrade and an initial pricing, since there is no way I’d have to verify if someone was a previous user of Picture Switcher. If you’re new to it, well welcome. :)

I do hope everyone enjoys the new features, and know that I have even more planned for future versions.  I had to force myself to freeze adding new features back in May because I would never have finished working on it otherwise.

I’m curious to hear everyone’s reactions to this release.  Feel free to comment. :)

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?

Y’all did. You, my users. Not from anyone emailing me to say “You should have a blog” or “Why don’t you write about things?” but from emails asking about if I’m still working on such and such an app, or when might I have an update out, or even emails just saying “Thanks for this great app.” I tend to go anywhere from 6 to 8 months between releases on Pref Setter, and longer with some of my other software. I don’t really put up anything about my development cycle while I’m at it. Mainly because I haven’t had a place to do so. Also, as I stated above, I’d like to have a voice out there with the other developers. Not because I want to be known or any such thing; I’d just like to contribute. Every voice added makes the choir sound that much sweeter.

And so here I am, starting out my very own blog. I hope y’all will stick around for it — it may be a bit of a bumpy start while I get used to writing and finding my style. I’m not promising to have something posted every day, or even every week, but I’ll do my best to get over my quiet nature and post something at least somewhat often. My plans are to mostly post about things that come up while I’m coding this or that, but I may occasionally post something off that topic. I’m not really planning on doing that often — this is tied to my software site, after all.

So, I thought I’d speak a bit about the blog itself, this being my first post and all. Why’d I name it Ramblings of a Mad Poet? Truth to tell, I tend to to ramble a bit when I write. Most likely because I don’t do a whole lot of it, and also because I’m breaking through my quiet nature and that sort of unblocks a torrent of words. So what’s with the ‘Mad Poet’ part? Honestly, I’ve always just liked that phrase. A mad poet. It evokes a picture of some guy hunched over a table full of paper scraps, writing feverishly and unable to stop. Something like I do when I actually sit down to write. But, also, I actually am a poet. There’s an old (now defunct, hasn’t-been-updated-since-October-2000) site where I used to put up some of my poetry. If you do a search for “Darkshadow,” you’ll turn it up if you’re really that interested. I stopped posting there after Yahoo took over Geocities. Things changed, and also I was flagging a bit on the enthusiasm side on posting my poetry. I still write some here and there, but I don’t post it anymore. And, I actually do consider code as a sort of poetry. That’s nothing new there — lots of developers have stated that. But hey, real poet here, and I concur. Code is poetry. :happy_tb:

I hope y’all enjoy the design of my blog. I know it jars somewhat with my main site design, but I wanted something a bit more personable for my blog. The main design didn’t really lend itself to that, so I decided on this design. Interestingly enough, I actually originally came up with this design two years ago. I had a (brief) interest in starting back up my poetry site. This isn’t exactly the same design, but it’s very close to what I did for that. The design really fit perfectly into what I wanted for my blog. So a loss for the poetry site (if I ever decide to bring it back), but a win for the blog.

A final question for y’all reading this — what sort of things would you like to see me post? This early in things, I’m wide open to suggestions.