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LicenseKeeper and Knapsack Retired

May 10th, 2014

All good things come to an end.

LicenseKeeper was released in March of 2007 and had a good long run as the best app of its kind. It was the first app that I built and sold entirely on my own and it launched my indie career. Unfortunately, the platform and software market has changed significantly since then and it is now time to put LicenseKeeper to rest.

Knapsack was a troubled app ever since I acquired it in 2010. The product had so much potential, but ultimately it suffered from lack of focus. I could never decide whether it should be a travel planning app or a travel journaling app. I spent an enormous amount of time trying to improve the Mac app when I should have been building an iOS app and web presence instead. But, Knapsack suffered most because I discovered that I don’t enjoy planning or even journaling my trips. Sales waned, map services disappeared, and my interests point me in new directions.

Thank you to all of my LicenseKeeper and Knapsack customers over the years. I really appreciate your business, your patience, and your feedback.

LicenseKeeper 1.8.4

November 4th, 2012

I mistakenly left a Beta expiration check turned on in Yesterday’s release of LicenseKeeper. This check will cause the app to expire in two weeks. Thanks to those who pointed this out to me.

If you haven’t already, please update to LicenseKeeper 1.8.4 as soon as possible. The only change in this update is the removal of the Beta expiration check and label.

Read the full Release Notes for details.

You can install this update using the menu item LicenseKeeper > Check for Updates… or download the newest version directly.

This is a free update for all LicenseKeeper owners. If you don’t own it yet, click here to buy LicenseKeeper, securely and instantly.

LicenseKeeper 1.8.3

November 3rd, 2012

LicenseKeeper 1.8.3 adds Gatekeeper support and fixes several crashes and several minor issues.

Read the full Release Notes for details.

You can install this update using the menu item LicenseKeeper > Check for Updates… or download the newest version directly.

This is a free update for all LicenseKeeper owners. If you don’t own it yet, click here to buy LicenseKeeper, securely and instantly.

LicenseKeeper for iPhone version 1.1

October 19th, 2012

LicenseKeeper for iPhone 1.1 has been released. This update adds support for iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5 screen size. It also fixes several minor bugs.

LicenseKeeper for iOS lets you view your software license and registration on the go. Sync your LicenseKeeper data from your Mac to your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Available in the App Store

LicenseKeeper: Trouble importing MacUpdate Promo Data File?

September 10th, 2011

If you’re having trouble importing serial numbers into LicenseKeeper for the apps you purchased through MacUpdate’s recent app bundle, then the file MU generated for you is probably improperly formatted.

You can easily fix the file by following these instructions:

  1. Open the MU data file in TextEdit
  2. Search for “Michael Simmons” using Command+F. You should find the text as the publisher for the app Fantastical.
  3. Modify the text “Michael Simmons & Kent Sutherland” to read “Michael Simmons & Kent Sutherland”
  4. Save and Close the data file
  5. Import into LicenseKeeper as usual

The LicenseKeeper data file is a simple Mac OS X plist that needs to follow a specific XML format. The “&” is an illegal character and it needs to be HTML encoded so it doesn’t break XML parsing.

Update (Sept 12, 2011): MacUpdate has fixed the invalid encoding in the LicenseKeeper data file and newly downloaded files should now work as expected.