Phoenxsoftware on different platforms, how far are we?

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? ).


36-image converter 4.6 could feature batch conversion

Now one of the greatest misconceptions about 36-image converter is that it can batch convert images. Well it can’t, but we are going to change this. In this version or one of the following 4.6.x versions there will be a tool which will enable you to select multiple files and send them to 36-image converter for batch conversion or even resizing. We will use the bulk file selector of the recently released FileTorment 4.0 for this. So you will simply be able to select an amount of files and add them to a list, when you are ready you can click a “Send to 36IC for conversion”-button, and the files will be converted, one by one as soon as possible. This would support all 36 input filetypes,except password protected PII and would support all output filetypes, including password protected PII.

36-image converter 4.6 “Chameleon-War” is expected to be released at the end of this month and will possibly feature a new default  interface to fix the visibility issues, a new rendering engine which support images up to 5.000×5.000 pixels or more, batch conversion to avoid mistakes about 36IC being a batch converter or not, stabilized and faster conversion for tif, tiff, raw, pbm, pgm, ppm and targa images and an amount of minor tweaks. It could also support a few extra output filetypes.

The next version 4.6.2 will probably handle the performance of 36-image converter by tweaking the resources and modularizing the bigger components.

Happy 2009 + What’s new in 2009!

First of all, Phoenxsoftware wishes you all the very best for 2009. In 2008 we had  a total of 131.635 visitors and our software was downloaded +-150.000 times. Now the first hours into 2009 we have had 47 visitors 91.8% windows, 6.9% Mac and 1% Linux, 16 downloading Duelpro 2008, 3 LoadDown, 2 ROC, 2 iDuelpro Widget, 1 FileTorment and 1 LockPhix. All very interesting statistics, but now what’s for the future?

I have made a pdf for all project members with the new 2009 releases and I’ll give you a walkthrough :

1. 36-image converter 4.5 “Chameleon” (freeware):

Most of you have been expecting this, a usable, solid version of 36IC which can display images up to 1920×1200 pixels, expected release date : January 4th 2009.

2. ROC 1.1 (freeware/OpenSource):

An update for ROC that fixes the annoying boot-error. expected release date : January 5th 2009. 

3.  Graverobber??? (freeware/Shareware):

A secret security related project. official date of announcement : 31st of January 2009

4. CN: “BookKeeper” (freeware/OpenSource):

An Invoice Creator that enables you to create invoices by entering data into a wizard. expected release date : 15th of March 2009.

5. Duelpro 2009 (5.0) (freeware):

A Duelpro with 4 player support and a lot of interactive and online capabilities. expected release date : ? 

6. CN: “Dragonfly” (freeware):

A light version of 36-image converter created to manage and open pictures in over 20 formats. Comparable to google’s picassa. expected release date : 15th of July 2009

7. CN: “Bermuda Triangle” (freeware):

 A powerful 3D modeling tool with own 3D technologies and filetypes. expected release date : 15th of September 2009.

8. CN: “Arachne” (freeware/Shareware):

A  commercial spider application, that indexes all webpages of a give domain and saves them in a log. expected release date : 15th of November 2009.

Things may change but this is what we have planned for 2009, more about some releases later.

What’s coming in 2009?

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.

Our site will also be updated in 2009.