UIC Phoenxsoftware is known to rise from its ash time after time. that’s why I picked the name in 2005. (Actually it should be phoenixsoftware, but the “i” got lost somewhere along the way.)
We rose from the ash when we dropped windows development almost completely and left a number of successful freeware products behind with it resulting in a stable and self sustaining business on Mac OSX and iOS. We rose from the ash when we were hit by a copyright claim from the nice folks at KONAMI for our most successful product at that time iDuelpro, resulting in a 70% drop in revenue. And now we are ready to reimagine Phoenxsoftware for the third time, this time by rebranding UIC Phoenxsoftware to Phix Software.
This giant step comes not only with a new name, but also with a completely redesigned website and more focus on our commercial products. It also means we will release more serious products and have a bigger budget for marketing and more focused management. With the Mac OSX application we will release in a few days we take a first step in this new era.
Not all changes are positive for everyone. Our Windows users will have to settle with a lot less supported apps and some are even completely removed from our website.
Only the following products will be supported, maintained and get their own spot on the new site: MonoPhix (lite), MonoPhix HD, FlashPhix (lite), GrayPhix, iDuelpro (lite), Lingi, iDuelpro for Mac, Duelpro, 36-image express, SpeedShut, ROC and hur.lu and of course our new app.
The following products have been put on a dedicated “archive” page for deprecated software but are still available for download: 36-image converter, LockPhix, LoadDown, FileTorment, CachePhix, MPhix. These applications are no longer supported so we can’t provide mail support for these and waive all responsibility.
The following products are declared dead and aren’t available for download anymore on our site: FileTorment Suite 2006, FileTorment Suite 2007, PhBrowser, Blastgen Beta, older versions of Duelpro, InfoBlaster IN4.
I am certain these changes will benefit the user and will also give us a competitive edge. You can head over to our new site for a look around and check out the products that you didn’t even know existed.
At the moment we are developing a new version of an iPhone app that needs updating, FlashPhix. We’re still testing and tweaking, but the results look promising although some of the filters take up to 20 seconds to be completed.
But here’s small gallery of the resulting pictures :
The Clouds are Coming (FlashPhix – Advanced Lighting – Channels/Contrast/Global)
We took the decision to halt the Windows development completely for the coming months. This decision is made because when developing for Mac and the iPhone I realized how bad Windows users are actually behaving towards developers. They come, download, don’t care and give a rant about how much you suck once in a while. The Mac community is much tighter and kinder towards developers. They give kind suggestions, they are understanding and they don’t care to pay for a well built app. The kind people at iPhoneography made me aware of this. When initiating iPhone development our monthly profit was multiplied by 30. By developing for the iPhone and Mac I made 6 new friends in 3 months instead of making enemies. So the decision is made rapidly when you have to choose between being disrespected and broke or being congratulated, aided and actually earning something. No more rants for us!
This means that there will be no 36-image converter update anytime soon. Also Blastgen will be halted until further notice.
We are also going to stop the development completely for the next apps :
ROC will be continued and ported to Mac OSX. Duelpro will be integrated in the iDuelpro project and will be continued as well.
So Phoenxsoftware will downscale from a medium/big Windows developer to a small Mac developer. I look back in nostalgia to the days that Phoenxsoftware was big and that our servers were overloaded with downloads. Every month featured by another magazine, a million people using our software, and high hopes. But those days are completely over and Phoenxsoftware will be facing the future from now on. Which lies in Mac/iPhone development, shareware, services and technology.
We also wont be using the Mac & iPhone earnings anymore to fund Windows development but to renew our infrastructure to be geared towards Apple and towards the future.
I want to make clear that I have no hard feelings towards Microsoft as they are doing a fine job building great tools and making a platform far more superior to Apple’s when it comes to facilitating development, but the Windows community is a demon which has bothered me for years now.
Our new site should be finished soon to empower the change.
CachePhix 1.x : incompatible (Possible update coming next year)
LoadDown 2.0 : Compatible
LockPhix 1.x : incompatible (further testing required) (No intention to update – end of support coming in 2010)
FileTorment Suite 2006/2007 : incompatible – end of support (since 2009)
infoBlaster IN4 : incompatible – end of support (since 2008)
Mphix 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2007)
PhBrowser 1.0 : incompatible – end of support (since 2006)
So most apps are compatible, the few apps which were incompatible with vista are still incompatible with windows 7 and 36-image converter will be fixed in an update.
And of course I have to add my opinion about Windows 7. I have only one sentence for Windows 7 : “Microsoft is back!”. Enthusiasts of other operating systems have been claiming that people just use windows because it’s on their PC, with Windows 7 they are proven wrong. People are actually looking for Windows 7. Users of other operating systems are cheering for Windows 7, about 90% of all Mac Fans (including me) thinks Windows 7 is great and will run it as a second OS without whining. The same with half the Linux population. So is Windows 7 a success? It’s probably the most wanted operating system of the decade.
Microsoft has finally delivered a product which is fun to use and can compare to Mac OSX. Microsoft increased the productivity with a set of new features which can compare to Mac OSX exposé (although I still prefer exposé, because I’m used to it) and they brought small changes which are enjoyable. They put a great deal of care and effort in this operating system contacting all developers for a compatibility check of their apps, gathering all drivers and testing your configuration for compatibility. They actually did something with the Windows Vista complaints.
So I don’t think alternative operating system’s usage will grow now. It grew thanks to Windows Vista, but with Windows 7 everyone is happy again and the need for an alternative is gone. So I expect a drop in the Linux marketshare and a growth stop of Mac OSX and in long term a minor decrease in marketshare.
I also expect Chrome OS to be born dead, people don’t need another OS. If google released it a few months after the Vista release they would’ve scored a big hit, but the normal people have a working Windows install, Mac people have Mac OSX and the mac people that are interested in Windows 7 will not be interested in Chrome OS, the ones which aren’t interested in Win7 aren’t interested in anything other than Mac OSX so there goes another fail for Google. And the last one the opensource advocates and the common linux users don’t want a semi-opensource OS which sends data to an evil corporation, so they will stick with the normal Linux distros. So I think the fear which microsoft had to endure for a few years about other treding operating systems is gone now.
As you all know, the development of 36-image converter is almost at end with the Beta coming at the beginning of November. But that’s not the only thing that’s coming. We have started development for 36-image converter 5.0, which comes with a new engine, a new interface and a completely new set of features.
We are also going to renew all our iPhone apps. GrayPhix, FlashPhix and MonoPhix are getting an engine update to support all image formats, iPhix will hit version 2.0 with support for large resolution images, transformations, more effects and a new interface. iDuelpro and iDuelpro Lite will hit version 4.0. And iDuelpro for Mac OSX will hit iDuelpro 2010 and will be a direct port from the iPhone.
Maybe the biggest change will be that our site will be completely revamped and pushed to the edge of design and browser standards. Remember the old 3 year old site and its ads, frames and flaws as it will disappear somewhere next month. If you want to see how progress is coming along with the new site you can go to http://www.phoenxsoftware.com/mainsite_new/
After this everything will be as it should have been from the beginning, a 36-image converter with no flaws (except for flaws people are creating of course), a whole bunch of worthy iPhone apps, a Duelpro on each platform which takes a huge leap forward from many other yugioh LPC’s and a site which has the design our users are used to.
After this, the road is open for completely new apps and features.
I’ve been getting a lot of complaints lately <sarcasm>always from nice people who don’t insult me or anything</sarcasm> that 36-image converter is hard to work with and that they can’t find any info on how to convert an image or even open one. So I created a tutorial on how to open images in 36-image converter and convert them. In the tutorial we’re going to convert a DNG raw camera image to PNG in 2 minutes.
A few remarks :
-The version used in the video is a development version of 36-image converter 4.7 Beta which hasn’t been released yet. So you won’t be able to filter filetypes in the open-dialog.
-In versions older than the newest alpha version of 36-image converter 4.7 you won’t be able to open and convert DNG or other raw filetypes. You can download 36-image converter 4.7 here> -My voice is no opera baritone so I still suggest reading the help file instead of listen to me for 2 whole minutes
I hope everything is clear now and that I don’t have to hear another. “It can’t convert images, this is stupid!” in my whole life.
The newest version of our iPhix image editor for iPhone is released to the iTunes Store. This newest version is one of the last versions of a resizing and cropping iPhix, the next version (2.0) will support full resolution images.
The changes include : -New icon
-Added Brighten/Darken Filter (comparable to flash-simulator apps)
-Added ability to adjust the color gamma
-Added slider to control “Egalize”-filter
-Added Ability to select more than one filter
-Added ability to remove filters
-Added Solarize filter
-New Help file
We are currently developing the newest version of our image editor for the iPhone iPhix. The biggest issue was that it didn’t support full resolution pictures, everything was resized. And since many people think they are professional photographers operating the iPhone’s cam, this was absolutely necessary. An iPhone image editor must support 1.600×1.200 pixels images or it is useless apparently. So now iPhix will trade the advanced filter system, where you can select and test images before applying, for the ability to edit images at full resolution.
We weren’t able to maintain the advanced filter manager together with full resolution images since the filter system stored cache copies of the image in the memory and since there is only 16Mb of video memory available this was an issue. So we are going to do what all other image editors do in the App Store, make a crappy app with full resolution instead of an advanced photo editor which is suitable for a smartphone.
From this evolution in version 2.0 we will continue development to bring back a few of the lost features. Avoiding memory issues.
v1.1 of the iPhone/iPod Touch image editor iPhix has been approved to the iTunes App Store today. This update essentially fixes a whole bunch of issues people were experiencing. The added functionality is minimal, but the update is essential to clear out all child diseases.
iPhix 1.1 has the following changes to version 1.0 :
-Improved engine to prevent crashes and fix random resets
-Masks are now improved to fit the image’s dimensions better
-Recolored background to match the rest of the interface
-New mysterious solarwind filter (solarW)
-Add confirmation messages for save
-Added save warning to “Web” and “Help”
-Fixed bugs with which crashed the application on use of multiple masks
So iPhix 1.1 is a lot more stable to work with. Of course v1.2 is already on its way and submitted to the App Store.
Now we are just waiting for Apple to place iPhix in the top of the new releases listing, where it belongs as it has a release date set to September the 4th but is hanging out between apps who were updated the 24th of August.
We know that all together from various sources 36-image converter is downloaded about 600.000 times, but we only take one result as official and untampered with measuring tool, CNET. And this night, the 100.000th download of 36-image converter was confirmed.
36-image converter is around since februari 2006 and has been listed on CNET since July 2006, it took off quite fast quickly bringing it to 20.000 downloads and to one of our most downloaded applications. Later in 2007 we started seeing the potential of 36-image converter and we started building other more advanced tools and version, thus even increasing the amount of downloads even more. In 2008 came 36-image converter 4.4 “Ninja” and this has put us on the map as the most popular real image converter and one of the top 20 most popular image editing tools in the world. And today, we have 100.000 official downloads.
I can only say one more thing : Bring in the 1.000.000!