Duelpro nearing 100% marketshare in windows lifepoints aids

Since our last competitor went offline, Duelpro is now nearing an absolute marketshare of 100% on Windows. Which means nearly all yugioh! TCG players using an LPC on Windows, use Duelpro. Duelpro has been online since 2005 and quickly gained a big piece of the pie. With its only competitors at that time being Omnipotus lifepoints calc and Yugioh! Lifepoints Calculator a year later, Duelpro never had much competition, but still 10% stayed in the hands of alternative lifepoints aids. Now both competitors have faded due to Duelpro’s success. In total it has been downloaded +-300.000 times making it one of our most successful applications, second to 36-image converter (+-520.000 times).

It may not be professional for us to keep Duelpro alive but we are a little bit attached to it since it was our first app ever distributed and it’s a great way to scout new platforms and programming languages.

Other platforms

Since 2008 Duelpro has even been ported to other platforms taking a modest marketshare on Mac OSX and a 1/3th of the iPhone cake with iDuelpro. We have also announced a Linux port and an online version of Duelpro, which will both be opensource under the MPL or GPL License.

The future of Duelpro

In the future we will keep on maintaining and proving support for Duelpro and will even expand it. As already mentioned there will be online and Linux ports, but we will also improve existing versions with Duelpro 2010 and iDuelpro 2010. iDuelpro 2010 will be directly rebuild out of the iDuelpro for iPhone source code and hence have the same features and will also be advertised in the same way as Duelpro for Windows to also increase its marketshare.

Duelpro 2010 for Windows will get a whole bunch of new features which people who reviewed the iPhone app suggested but aren’t feasible on the iPhone or Mac. Like eg. a card database, a log of all players you dueled with and a completely new interface.

iDuelpro Mobile for iPhone will also be promoted some more by adding ads to the Setup of all other versions and by creating a lite version. With a little luck we will be able to make iDuelpro Mobile lift on the success of the normal Duelpro and take the leading marketshare on the iPhone as well, as we once did with the free version of iDuelpro Mobile.

We already have the leading position since most people use Windows, even for their lifepoints calculator needs. We should have an estimated 70% of the global marketshare. But with the iPhone we are leaving a part of the market behind which is the most profitable and which may fund future innovations.

So for all other LPC developers : Be warned, Duelpro is coming to your platform…

In the meanwhile, Duelpro can be found here : http://www.phoenxsoftware.com/duelpro2008.html

iDuelpro can be found here : http://download.cnet.com/iDuelpro-2009/3000-18541_4-10908436.html?tag=mncol;lst

and iDuelpro Mobile for iPhone can be found here :

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299220306&mt=8

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36-image converter 4.7 coming to you as alpha-nightly build+Project CoreFusion

36-image converter 4.7 has come a long way yet. It can already open raw filetypes, has a faster effects engine, improved in and output support and is lighter. So many of our main goals have been accomplished. We see people who are looking for a decent way to convert, say NRW to JPEG and we are looking for people to test 36IC 4.7 so everything functions well at it’s release. Therefore 36-image converter 4.7 Alpha 1 Build 140 will be made available somewhere in the coming month. This version will function fine for testing purposes and use of some core functionalities, but it is not meant to be used on production machines or for daily use. 36IC 4.7 Alpha 1 is stable, but still lacks a lot of core functionality.

So to summarize :
Name :  36-image converter
Version : 4.7.1.140a
Development state : Alpha 1
Release date : 25th August ’09
Last stable version : 4.6.198
Codename : Tiger Chameleon
Changes :
-Write support for various new filetypes
-Read support for various new filetypes
-Source included for some libraries
-New conversion engine (CIPU)
-Support for RAW filetypes of more than 300 cameras
-Faster filters + new filter added
-Various tweaks and bugfixes to the interface and engine

We also have some other great news. Since our CIPU (CoreImageProcessingUnit) is finished we took some time to combine this technology with another great graphics library, CoreGraphics on Max OSX and iPhone OS. This project called CoreFusion delivered an iPhone App which brings the image editing capabilities of CIPU to the iPhone. This primitive version of 36 for the iPhone will be able to perform basic image editing functions and feature a bunch of filters and masks also found in 36-image converter. Everybody should keep in mind that this v1.0 is a basic version and that we are already working on a giant expansion of this app’s capabilities. The name will be announced together with some more information when it is approved by Apple. We can already announce the price which will be $0.99 or €0.79.

36-image converter 4.7 to support 35 raw picture filetypes

36-image converter 4.7 “Tiger Chameleon” will support 35 raw input filetypes of over 337 digital camera’s thanks to the great work of Michael Coffin, DCRAW.

for 435Kb of extra load you will be able to batch resize and convert an amount of RAW camera pictures directly to all output formats supported by 36IC 4.7, PNG, JNG, JPEG, BMP, RLE, DIB, TIF, TIFF, ICO, CUR, JP2, PCX, TGA, PBM, PPM, PGM, WMF, EMF, GIF, ICB, RAWPII, RAW portable bitmap, and of course you will also be able to directly encrypt any RAW files with PII and your 36IC password.

As you can see, 36IC 4.7 will be an enormous improvement and with the extra +-35 filetypes of DCRAW, it will be able to support more than 70 input filetypes and about 25 output filetypes.

EDIT : 36-image converter 4.7a with raw support is now available here : https://phoenxsoftware.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/release-36-image-converter-4-7-1-alpha-build-140-tiger-chameleon/

Here is a list of all supported raw filetypes and cameras :
-filetypes :
jpeg (raw), DNG (adobe), arw, srf, sr2, bay, crw, cr2, cap, tif, iiq, eip, dcs, dcr, drf, k25, kdc, erf, fff, mef, mos, mrw, nef, nrw, orf, ptx, pef, pxn, r3d, raf, raw, rw2, rwz and x3f

-Cameras :
Adobe Digital Negative (DNG)
AgfaPhoto DC-833m
Apple QuickTake 100
Apple QuickTake 150
Apple QuickTake 200
AVT F-080C
AVT F-145C
AVT F-201C
AVT F-510C
AVT F-810C
Canon PowerShot 600
Canon PowerShot A5
Canon PowerShot A5 Zoom
Canon PowerShot A50
Canon PowerShot A460
Canon PowerShot A530
Canon PowerShot A570
Canon PowerShot A590
Canon PowerShot A610
Canon PowerShot A620
Canon PowerShot A630
Canon PowerShot A640
Canon PowerShot A650
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Canon PowerShot A720 IS
Canon PowerShot Pro70
Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon PowerShot G1
Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G3
Canon PowerShot G5
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot G7
Canon PowerShot G9
Canon PowerShot G10
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Canon PowerShot SD300
Canon PowerShot S30
Canon PowerShot S40
Canon PowerShot S45
Canon PowerShot S50
Canon PowerShot S60
Canon PowerShot S70
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel / Kiss Digital
Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT / Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi / Kiss Digital X
Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss Digital X2
Canon EOS 500D / Digital Rebel T1i / Kiss Digital X3
Canon EOS 1000D / Digital Rebel XS / Kiss Digital F
Canon EOS D2000C
Canon EOS-1D
Canon EOS-1DS
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Casio QV-2000UX
Casio QV-3000EX
Casio QV-3500EX
Casio QV-4000
Casio QV-5700
Casio QV-R41
Casio QV-R51
Casio QV-R61
Casio EX-S20
Casio EX-S100
Casio EX-Z4
Casio EX-Z50
Casio EX-Z55
Casio Exlim Pro 505
Casio Exlim Pro 600
Casio Exlim Pro 700
Contax N Digital
Creative PC-CAM 600
Epson R-D1
Foculus 531C
Fuji FinePix E550
Fuji FinePix E900
Fuji FinePix F700
Fuji FinePix F710
Fuji FinePix F800
Fuji FinePix F810
Fuji FinePix S2Pro
Fuji FinePix S3Pro
Fuji FinePix S5Pro
Fuji FinePix S20Pro
Fuji FinePix S100FS
Fuji FinePix S5000
Fuji FinePix S5100/S5500
Fuji FinePix S5200/S5600
Fuji FinePix S6000fd
Fuji FinePix S7000
Fuji FinePix S9000/S9500
Fuji FinePix S9100/S9600
Fuji IS-1
Hasselblad CFV
Hasselblad H3D
Hasselblad V96C
Imacon Ixpress 16-megapixel
Imacon Ixpress 22-megapixel
Imacon Ixpress 39-megapixel
ISG 2020×1520
Kodak DC20
Kodak DC25
Kodak DC40
Kodak DC50
Kodak DC120
Kodak DCS200
Kodak DCS315C
Kodak DCS330C
Kodak DCS420
Kodak DCS460
Kodak DCS460A
Kodak DCS520C
Kodak DCS560C
Kodak DCS620C
Kodak DCS620X
Kodak DCS660C
Kodak DCS660M
Kodak DCS720X
Kodak DCS760C
Kodak DCS760M
Kodak EOSDCS1
Kodak EOSDCS3B
Kodak NC2000F
Kodak ProBack
Kodak PB645C
Kodak PB645H
Kodak PB645M
Kodak DCS Pro 14n
Kodak DCS Pro 14nx
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n
Kodak C330
Kodak C603
Kodak P850
Kodak P880
Kodak Z1015
Kodak KAI-0340
Konica KD-400Z
Konica KD-510Z
Leaf AFi 7
Leaf Aptus 17
Leaf Aptus 22
Leaf Aptus 54S
Leaf Aptus 65
Leaf Aptus 75
Leaf Aptus 75S
Leaf Cantare
Leaf CatchLight
Leaf CMost
Leaf DCB2
Leaf Valeo 6
Leaf Valeo 11
Leaf Valeo 17
Leaf Valeo 22
Leaf Volare
Leica Digilux 2
Leica Digilux 3
Leica D-LUX2
Leica D-LUX3
Leica D-LUX4
Leica V-LUX1
Logitech Fotoman Pixtura
Mamiya ZD
Micron 2010
Minolta RD175
Minolta DiMAGE 5
Minolta DiMAGE 7
Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Minolta DiMAGE A1
Minolta DiMAGE A2
Minolta DiMAGE A200
Minolta DiMAGE G400
Minolta DiMAGE G500
Minolta DiMAGE G530
Minolta DiMAGE G600
Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 5D
Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 7D
Motorola PIXL
Nikon D1
Nikon D1H
Nikon D1X
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2Hs
Nikon D2X
Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D3
Nikon D3X
Nikon D40
Nikon D40X
Nikon D50
Nikon D60
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon D80
Nikon D90
Nikon D100
Nikon D200
Nikon D300
Nikon D700
Nikon E700
Nikon E800
Nikon E880
Nikon E900
Nikon E950
Nikon E990
Nikon E995
Nikon E2100
Nikon E2500
Nikon E3200
Nikon E3700
Nikon E4300
Nikon E4500
Nikon E5000
Nikon E5400
Nikon E5700
Nikon E8400
Nikon E8700
Nikon E8800
Nikon Coolpix P6000
Nikon Coolpix S6
Nokia N95
Olympus C3030Z
Olympus C5050Z
Olympus C5060WZ
Olympus C7070WZ
Olympus C70Z,C7000Z
Olympus C740UZ
Olympus C770UZ
Olympus C8080WZ
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
Olympus E-10
Olympus E-20
Olympus E-30
Olympus E-300
Olympus E-330
Olympus E-400
Olympus E-410
Olympus E-420
Olympus E-500
Olympus E-510
Olympus E-520
Olympus SP310
Olympus SP320
Olympus SP350
Olympus SP500UZ
Olympus SP510UZ
Olympus SP550UZ
Olympus SP560UZ
Olympus SP570UZ
Panasonic DMC-FZ8
Panasonic DMC-FZ18
Panasonic DMC-FZ28
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Panasonic DMC-FX150
Panasonic DMC-G1
Panasonic DMC-GH1
Panasonic DMC-L1
Panasonic DMC-L10
Panasonic DMC-LC1
Panasonic DMC-LX1
Panasonic DMC-LX2
Panasonic DMC-LX3
Pentax *ist D
Pentax *ist DL
Pentax *ist DL2
Pentax *ist DS
Pentax *ist DS2
Pentax K10D
Pentax K20D
Pentax K100D
Pentax K100D Super
Pentax K200D
Pentax K2000/K-m
Pentax Optio S
Pentax Optio S4
Pentax Optio 33WR
Pentax Optio 750Z
Phase One LightPhase
Phase One H 10
Phase One H 20
Phase One H 25
Phase One P 20
Phase One P 25
Phase One P 30
Phase One P 45
Phase One P 45+
Pixelink A782
Polaroid x530
Rollei d530flex
RoverShot 3320af
Samsung GX-1S
Samsung GX-10
Samsung S85
Samsung S850
Sarnoff 4096×5440
Sigma SD9
Sigma SD10
Sigma SD14
Sinar 3072×2048
Sinar 4080×4080
Sinar 4080×5440
Sinar STI format
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 3
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 4
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 5
Sony DSC-F828
Sony DSC-R1
Sony DSC-V3
Sony DSLR-A100
Sony DSLR-A200
Sony DSLR-A300
Sony DSLR-A350
Sony DSLR-A700
Sony DSLR-A900
Sony XCD-SX910CR
STV680 VGA

36 Open Software License declined by OSI Board

Our 36OSL license which can be reviewed here is declined by the Open Source board. We will not fight this as it would need a lawyer to make it compliant. As you might have guessed by taking a look at the name, the 36OSL was created to make a 36-product open source, in this case the 36CONVERT module which at this point can convert bitmaps to over 21 filetypes.

We are still trying to figure out whether we will release the source and under which license, if we release it. The source will have to be distributed with each redistribution and it must still be possible to use it in a proprietary project. So we are thinking about the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL). But at the moment this is a major blow and I’m not very keen anymore to release the wanted code.

On the other hand we can also bring happy news. Our 36-image converter officially is the 15th most popular image editing application on Download.com 9 places behind GIMP and 12 places behind Photoshop CS4, with 2.559 downloads last week. This also makes 36IC the most popular image converter. Our official goal was to beat XnView but it seems we have beaten it with 1.000 downloads more.

ROC Plus coming with ROC 1.1

ROC 1.1 will still be free, but will also come with an extra service. Now you have to remember a long login to access ROC. With ROC Plus you will be able to choose a short word or even a letter to access your ROC client. ROC Plus will cost 3$ for an entire year.

ROC 1.1 will be released next month and will feature : the boot-bugfix, more commands, an improved online manager and ROC Plus.

An opensource variant OpenROC is still under consideration and might not be released at all.

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? ).