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.
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.
All our domains will be offline during a short backup on Monday the 23th of August 00:05 GMT+1. The domains will be back online within 15 minutes. These back-ups will be executed because of recent DDOS attacks on other major software distributors and newssites.
List of all domains being backed-up :
Help pages, update servers, blastgen registration, 36IC, DPR & LPX DashBoard channels and the ROC server will be offline as well.
We recently announced that we are going to focus on the iPhone in the future and it’s already working out. By checking our statistics we saw an obvious trend.
In June 93.8% of our visitors was still coming from windows, 3.9% from Mac OSX and 1.5% from iPhone OS. In July the amount of Windows users on our site declined to 80.4% and we had 17.7% of our visitors coming from the iPhone or iPod Touch. Now for August up to today, 23,3% of our visitors is coming from iPhone OS and 73% of our users is coming from Windows. This means we traded 20,5% of our windows users for iPhone and iPod Touch users over the last few months and we expect this trend to continue since iPhone and iPod Touch users show more interest in our software and spend more time on our site through the help file and the support channels.
Why is this interesting to us? Most Windows users only bring in revenue by clicking on our ads and all iPod Touch/iPhone users directly bring in money from App Store Purchases. These results are also astounding since atm. we only have 1 iPhone app and more than 10 Windows apps. So when iPhix is released, which will be less of a niche product, the share of iPhone OS users on our site will even increase, maybe even more than double thus ruling our statistics.
Our iPhone apps will also be ported to Mac OSX later on, so the Windows share will evaporate in a fast pace now and our revenue will increase.
About a year ago we started opening up for more platforms than just windows. How far are we now?
The most successful platform still remains windows, because 95% of all our apps are Windows only. But we expanded our development so that in the future 30% of our software will be multiplatform or specifically developed for other platforms.
Why would we develop for different platforms?
Each new platform brings a new opportunity, at least for te worthwhile ones. Mac OSX for example has already gained 10% of the computer market and Mac OSX users are not as cheap as Windows users and also don’t complain that often about details. So this brings a new group of users which are with a lot less, but who bring us the same amount of revenue we get from Windows.
Future Mac OSX applications will possibly be : 36-image express for mac, a scientific/economic calculator program for mac, an invoice wizard, … Other apps will be ported to java to support multiple OS’s.
That brings us to our second most successful platform at this time, the iPhone OS. With about 4.000 downloads, iDuelpro Mobile is our most successful cross-platform application. It still takes only 4% of the total amount of (i)Duelpro downloads, where the windows version Duelpro takes 95% and iDuelpro for mac takes 1%. This is great for a platform with less than 1% of marketshare, but the development for iPhone is also very expensive, so sooner or later iDuelpro Mobile will loose its 0$ price-tag or will disappear.
Linux development is something we attempted a year ago at the start of our ambition and maybe we will try this platform, but it seems useless and I don’t see any use in developing native for an operating system which is so diverse and only covers 0.8% of all users. As a surplus to get accepted in the linux community you have to make your software opensource, a philosophy we do not support as the software-industry is a profit industry and not a charity organization. Until Linux poses a real threat to the desktop marketshare of Win and Mac other than some Ubuntu official saying “This will be our year!” each year over and over again, we will not develop for a big mouthed midget operating system which gets enough chances but does not appeal to the public even with a 0$ price-tag.
So the conclusion is Windows dev still is a great success, Mac dev is a small success but will be more successful once we create more applications, iPhone dev is a relatively big success but is expensive and Linux dev will have to wait until Linux grows up (maybe some day? ).
2008 was a good year for us. 36-image converter reached the top 20 of the most popular image editors with 1800 downloads a week, it was also featured in many computer magazines. We mostly abandoned our old platform for development and started converting all our applications to Delphi for Win32. We released our first OpenSource application : SpeedShut 4.0 and we improved our site’s feedback system by using MySQL. We are currently at a stable amount of +-13.000 visitors a month and it is still rising bringing our amount of unique visitors for 2008 to an estimated 140.000.
Now what’s coming in the near future?
Iphix dev, the new development department of 36-image converter will release a new version of 36-image converter soon. Version 4.5 will be an improvement in many ways. We will also release a light version of 36-image converter in combination with an image library application, it will weigh about 3mb and will be comparable to Google Picasa.
We will release more OpenSource system utilities for windows and the existing ones will be updated. Focus will be also put on ROC.
As you might have noticed, we started development for Mac OSX and other Apple platforms such as Iphone. Soon you can expect a native iDuelpro for Mac OSX and more useful applications too. In a while there will also be an iDuelpro Mobile for Iphone. Hereby we are breaking bounds with the Redmond software giant Microsoft that loyally served us for many years as we royally served it.
Brecht Ceyssens and I are working on a secret project for windows that will shake the entire software-world. This will probably be the top innovation for UIC Phoenxsoftware for 2009. One point of the project is that I’ve found a way to break the batch habits of modern PC’s and execute a large amount of tasks simultaneously thus performing batch tasks within a few milliseconds instead of within seconds, minutes, hours or even days. Using this technique I will redevelop all current batch applications creating some of the fastest applications on this planet. File copiers, backup applications, file indexers, the possibilities are endless.
Today UIC Phoenxsoftware can blow out three candles as it was founded as Phoenixsoft on 21 October 2005.
Many things have changed since that wet day three years ago. We started as a freewebs website with only 5 visitors a day. Our software collection consisted of Duelpro 2005.5 the first Duelpro, Atom Disassembler a scientific tool to disassemble atoms into neutrons/protons and PhBrowser. We registered a .com domain after a few months and that was the beginning of UIC Phoenxsoftware. Our first releases then were Duelpro 2006.2 and 36-image converter 1.0.
Now those first releases have more than 500.000 users worldwide and are amongst the top in their category. The 5 visitors a day have evolved into 500 visitors a day over the past three years and our software collection now consists out of 12 applications SpeedShut, SpeedShut lite, 36-image converter, Duelpro, CachePhix, Mphix, LockPhix, FileTorment, PhBrowser, FileTorment Suite 2006/2007, InfoBlaster IN4 and LoadDown. They all contributed to the massive amount of visitors.
Now that we are at the dawn of a new era with new products as have been never seen before, we will totally refresh our strategy and once again develop in a way we like instead of working hard to finish a version every few days to maintain popularity for a public of users who are hardly satisfiable.
As a present to our users we will release add the License key of LockPhix to the LockPhix DashBoard, making it free.
You have enjoyed the last three years as well as we, let us enjoy the comings years even more!
Kind Regards to all our users,
Head Development and Administration
UIC Phoenxsoftware and iPhix Development
For a moment I thought about quitting the development of all applications currently in the research queue of UIC Phoenxsoftware. But I won’t, certainly there are going to be some changes. These changes will come in response to the bad comments on Download.com. As a result 36-image converter will be developed by a new section of UIC Phoenxsoftware “iPhix Dev”. This new section will be responsible for the development of 36-image converter and eventual other image related applications. All other applications will still be developed by UIC Phoenxsoftware.
What difference will this make to the current activities at UIC Phoenxsoftware?
Well 36IC will not be updated as often. We noticed that big updates once in a few months have an even bigger impact than small updates every week and are more efficient. So now we will take the time to develop new features and fix current issues considering the visibility of the interface, the fact that it can only handle images up to 800×600 pixels and the issue that 36IC does not have batch functions. So the new version of 36IC will be called “Snowy owl”.