Yes, this is kind of the time for my usual monthly update :p At least, that’s what my updates on this site seem to have devolved to of late. But I do have news – lots of news. Some good, some bad but still news :p So let me get started without much ado.
First, I haven’t had much time to work on Blog of late since I’ve been working on Roomz (which I actually got to a working stage before I shelved it for a bit ..) and then I moved on to Amanuensis, the writer’s editor that I’d written for my wife. I started working on what I think is going to be my first novel (not sure if it will be a novel yet since with me, the stories develop as I go and so I have no idea where this will head) and I realized that Amanuensis missed a few features that I personally needed. So I rewrote most of Amanuensis and I am pretty happy with how it has turned out. I’ll probably be putting up more info about Amanuensis on a separate page either today or in the next few days.
That brings me back to Blog. I’ve gotten back to Blog again and have fixed the last few things that I needed to do to get Blog 8.0 beta 3 out. In fact, I’m typing this on what will become the 8.0 beta 3 release :p So yes, there will soon be a new release of Blog 8.0 as well. This build fixes all the bugs discovered from the previous beta and also adds the ability to ping weblogs.com and blo.gs and the ability to have your permalink anchor tag placed wherever you want with a new Blog tag (and the option to have it still auto-inserted – which is the default). I will continue to work on the next build of Blog 8.0 in the coming weeks – in between adding stuff to Amanuensis and working on my story that is :p
The bad news? Well … I’ve realized that while I want to help people and release software for free so that everybody will benefit from what I code, I do have to make money somewhere – especially since I’m married now :p Plus, I seem to spend quite a lot of time responding to questions which had already been answered on either the FAQ or the forums just because people don’t bother to take the time to look. The donation link does nothing (I’ve received a total of two donations since it’s been up for the last two years or so – thanks to those who donated BTW!) and I spend quite a lot of my time providing support for my software when I could be doing other stuff. And no, I am not going to make Blog shareware. I still want my software to be free (well, almost all my software to be free – I’ll get to that in a bit). But I think I’m going to start charging for support since a lot of people don’t seem to even take the time to consult the FAQ or the forums. I will update the FAQ and the forums will continue to be in place but if you want personal support from me, it will have to be done on a paid basis. I feel bad about taking this step but that seems to be the only way to go at this stage. The support package will be reasonable since it will be a nominal fee and it will get you complete support for a month – that should usually get a person completely set with Blog and they shouldn’t have a need to consult me again after that, should they? :p
The final bit of news is that while all of my existing software will continue to be free, Amanuensis will not be. I will probably put up a page (as I mentioned before) which details the features of Amanuensis (and I personally think it’s a great writer’s editor – I should know since I looked at quite a few out there and wrote this because none of them had what I wanted or were way too expensive being in the $99 – $500 range). I might even put up a demo version which will be fully featured but will have the option to save completely disabled. I plan to sell Amanuensis at around $ 30 or so. Again, more details later …
That’s about it for the moment. I need to go do lots of stuff – coding, web site and documentation. So till next month … :p