LicenseKeeper and Knapsack Retired

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

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: Trouble importing MacUpdate Promo Data File?

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.

LicenseKeeper 1.8.2

On the heels of the last release, LicenseKeeper 1.8.2 is now available and fixes Sync to iPhone (which was broken in 1.8) along with several crashes and minor user interaction problems.

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

LicenseKeeper 1.8 improves Lion compatibility with 64-bit and an updated user interface.

This update drops legacy support for Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4), Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), Growl, Microsoft Entourage, and PowerMail.

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.

Lions, Tigers and Leopards, Oh My!

Our customers are adopting Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) at an incredible pace. A week hasn’t even passed and 50% of LicenseKeeper users have already adopted it as their primary OS. Knapsack users aren’t far behind with 30% having already made the move.

Because of this incredible adoption rate, I’ve decided to finally make the move to start dropping support for older OS X versions along with PowerPC (PPC) in our Mac apps with the next round of updates.

Tiger

Mac OS X 10.4, Tiger, was released over six years ago on April 29, 2005.

Except for Bullfrog, almost no-one is still using Tiger on a regular basis. Because it’s free, Bullfrog won’t hold up this move.

LicenseKeeper: 0% of user base in last 60 days
Knapsack: Has never supported Tiger
Bullfrog: 15% of user base still using Tiger

Leopard

Mac OS 10.5, Leopard, is now four years old and was released on October 26, 2007. More of our customers were already running Lion before it was even publicly released.

LicenseKeeper: 4% over the past 60 days
Knapsack: 2.5%
Bullfrog: 18%

PPC

Apple stopped supporting PowerPC Macs with the release of Snow Leopard in August of 2009 — three years ago.

LicenseKeeper: 1.9% PPC users over the past 60 days
Knapsack: 0.6% PPC
Bullfrog: 19% PPC

Schedule

The next set of updates for each or our applications will require at least Snow Leopard (10.6+) to run.

LicenseKeeper

I’m currently working on LicenseKeeper 1.8. I still have several open items to take care of which will then require a fair amount of testing. I’m hoping to have this update out in the next couple of weeks — sometime in August.

Knapsack

There is a lot planned for Knapsack over the course of this year. Knapsack 2.3 is scheduled to follow the LicenseKeeper update which will also require Snow Leopard (10.6+). Development on Knapsack 3 along with iPhone and iPad versions has already begun.

Bullfrog

Because Bullfrog is free, it takes a low priority for us and tends to sit on the back burner. I don’t have any specific releases scheduled, but I will no longer be updating Bullfrog for Tiger and Leopard. Any updates that do make their way out will require at least Snow Leopard and possibly only Lion.

Questions & Concerns

If you have questions or concerns regarding these changes and plans, please let me know.

The current versions of our apps will continue to run on your existing configurations and you will not be forced to upgrade to the newest versions.

Lion

Happy Lion Release Day!

Today, Apple unleashed the latest version of their Mac operating system, OS X Lion via the Mac App Store.

We’re Lion Compatible

The latest versions of all of our Mac apps are Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) compatible and should run without issue.

Knapsack 2.2.2

LicenseKeeper 1.7.2

Bullfrog 1.2.3

If you do happen to find any problems with our apps and Lion, please let us know so that we can get a quick fix out.