Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Going to NEAF

It's been a while since my last post here. Despite the slow economy SkyTools 3 is still going very strong and I couldn't be more pleased. I am in the final stages of the release of a major update to version 3.1, which adds some minor new features, fixes some annoyances, and makes the program even more stable than it already was.

Yesterday I received my copy of the April 2010 Sky & Telescope, which (finally!) has a review. It was well worth the wait because they did a very nice job on it. In the past they sent a copy out for review to someone who was not familiar with the program and they didn't always get it. Their review for SkyTools 2 was titled, "A 20th Century Log Book." No-seriously! I didn't know about the review before hand and happened to pick up a copy of the magazine. I read past the first paragraph before it slowly dawned on me--with a sick feeling in my stomach--that it was a review of my software. That, and they didn't give it much space. To add insult to injury, the very next issue had a comprehensive review of Megastar (a competitor) written by someone who uses the software regularly--someone who got it. To make matters worse it was a relatively minor upgrade to Megastar whereas I had pushed forward with all these cutting-edge features for SkyTools. Let's just say my blood pressure got a little up over the whole thing. Thankfully this time the review did a wonderful job of describing what SkyTools is.

Mrs. Skyhound and I are going to attend NEAF this year. We only made it out once before, I think in 2001, so it has been a long time. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone. If you attend, please come by and chat.