We've begun testing v30 of both NoteTaker and NoteShare. We're pleased to report that we're making steady progress towards a limited beta testing program in July. We are obviously eager to get a release version into everyone's hands as soon as testing is over. From a scheduling standpoint, we have to cross-check everything prior to submitting a new release version to Apple for their compliance review cycle. The submission process is unpredictable given the complexity and legacy of our applications. Stay tuned.
BTW, the notebook cover image shown above is an aerial picture of a net-zero home that was recently developed by Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson.
In order to ensure the best customer experience with our limited resources, we have decided to support only macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and later (High Sierra), starting with NoteTaker 4 and NoteShare 4. End of life (EOL) software version and platform decisions are never easy but we're committed to delivering quality software this summer.
I've always intended to write from the end-user's perspective about the art of testing software and reporting bugs. End-user testing is fundamental to the iterative process of developing quality software. The more technical approach for testing software would certainly discuss engineering tools and standards which are widely practiced by development teams. This piece is addressed to end-users who use desktop/laptop software daily and occasionally run into an annoying, unexpected behavior or worse, an application crash. It happens.
Independent developers depend upon feedback and bug reports to verify then validate their bug fixes. Obviously not all bugs are showstoppers or system crashes; they might be cosmetic in nature or a typo in the documentation, an unclear menu command or even a confusing feature that is poorly implemented or poorly explained. These are just a few of the many issues we expect to deal with as software developers. And for us, custom...
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.