Minder Softworks Newsletter – July 2020

Summer greetings! Here’s hoping you’re doing well as we all adjust to the crazy circumstances we’re living in these days.

While shutdowns and stay-at-home orders and remote school put a hamper on things, there’s still some announcements we’d like to share:

Announcing: Photonium Access in the Mac App Store

Photonium Access, our menubar widget for accessing your Photos.app library, is now in the Mac App Store. The latest version is fully compatible with Catalina, and much, much faster. Go check it out.

MYStuff 2.0.30 & MYStuff 2.1 released

After nine long months, interrupted by stay-at-home orders that had me splitting my time between being teacher as well as software developer, MYStuff is finally updated to run on macOS 10.5 Catalina. Those of you still running the older version of MYStuff will want to update to 2.0.30, which fixes a longstanding bug that prevented access to your Photos.app library.

Due to the amount of effort put into updating MYStuff for Catalina, and the fact that many of you have enjoyed as many as seven years of free bugfixes, I’ve decided to charge $10 for the Catalina version, MYStuff 2.1. (For those of you who purchased after July 1, 2019, the update is free. Just download the new version and your existing license will work.) If you’re not updating to Catalina, version 2.0.30 will run just fine, at no charge.

Because it’s a paid upgrade, I made it so you have to manually update to the Catalina version. You can download MYStuff 2.1 for Catalina by clicking here. As usual, there’s a 30-day free demo.

With the newer versions of the macOS, MYStuff has started to show its age, and in more than the somewhat dated user interface. Recently, some of the features simply do not work anymore. The barcode scanner is one of these features: the underlying reliance on 3rd party technologies combined with Catalina’s advancements have been serious problems.

After three months of effort on the barcode scanner alone, and much deliberation, I decided to disable the barcode scanner in the latest releases in order to get the long-awaited update out the door. Which brings me to my next point.

What’s next

When I started Minder Softworks in 2009, I was one guy with an idea for one application: MYStuff, a home inventory application that would help people keep track of their receipts, warranties, and manuals. Back then, Steve Jobs was still alive. The iPhone was barely 2 years old. The iPad hadn’t even been released yet. People were using MobileMe, iCloud was still two years away, and the Mac App Store was just getting started.

Since then the entire landscape of technology has changed. How we use the devices in our digital lives has changed. The languages programmers use to write software has changed too… several times. About the only thing that hasn’t changed is that Minder Softworks is still just one guy.

The time has come to rewrite MYStuff from scratch. (Of course, I’ll make sure that all the old data can move over to the new version. I use MYStuff too, y’know!) But before I start writing the new version, I want to hear from you. I want to know what features you love and can’t live without. I want to know what features you never used. And I want to know what features you want to see in the next release.

I’ve set up a brief survey. It’s completely anonymous (unless you provide your email address in one of the comment fields) and should take you less than five minutes. Your feedback is very important for me, since it will largely determine how I focus my time and efforts in bringing out the next version.

In closing, I’d like to thank all of you for eleven years of business. Stay healthy, stay safe, and may God bless you all.