This is a long overdue update as we are working hard to get the next version out the door and into your hands by end of March.
Our current focus has been on re-working some key APIs and libraries that Apple has decided to end support for albeit a bit abruptly from our point of view. We've used these APIs since day one when NoteTaker was first introduced (from way back in 2002). If you've been a user from the first Mac OS X versions to macOS (Catalina) of today then you also know how much change has taken place on the surface but also many changes underneath the hood of the operating system and libraries that we use. As developers we do our best to keep up with Apple's changes but it's not always a smooth or quick hand-off to update and change.
As a result, the workload has been considerable but we are now closer to our own internal testing cycle of version 4.1.0 then we'll begin the work towards review and approval by the App Store team.
We are now testing Version 26 and we've fixed more bugs in the process; several of which have taken more time to nail down in part because we're testing against three different Apple OS versions including macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan. Translation, it takes time to test, fix a bug and then do a regression test against the bug fix on multiple platform versions. The good news is that the showstopper bug count is finally going down not up. In the coming weeks, we plan to announce our updated schedules and when we plan to begin limited beta testing. We know how anxious is everyone is about getting their hands on the new version of NoteTaker and NoteShare but we need to make sure we're on the right path to a stable release. Thank you for your continued support and interest.
Way back in 2006, we introduced NoteShare which roughly came about four years after first launching NoteTaker for OS X. As its name implies, NoteShare was and still is about sharing notebooks for collaborative work. Encouraged by Doug Snow at Apple and other passionate NoteTaker users, we imagined NoteShare as a simple yet elegant solution for sharing and working on notebooks across LANs and other ad-hoc wireless networks. In the process of launching and refining NoteShare, we learned a lot about networking and provisioning 24/7 access to notebooks which eventually resulted in the development of a dedicated notebook server solution launched as NoteShare Server. At the time, we were intensely focused on serving the needs of schools, research teams and workgroups that found real productivity in offering dedicated notebook sharing for campus LANs. Over time though, the cloud-based storage services emerged and be...
If you're keeping count of our internal version releases, we are currently working on number 12. So far, very stable overall but again, if you like to compute complexity, we have a large number of combinations of menu commands and operations to test and regression test. That's what software developers do a lot of; test, fix bugs then test again to make sure the bug fix didn't cause a new bug or cause an old bug to reappear. It's why we call it the software release cycle.
We would like to thank everyone who has subscribed to the site so far and also to those of you who have reached out directly with e-mail messages of encouragement and support. We really appreciate your kind words of support and we're humbled by your attention.
And to this point, we want to re-state that we're working exclusively on the desktop versions of both NoteTaker and NoteShare for MacOS. There are no immediate development plans to support iOS-based notebook editing but as we h...