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LandlordMax Major Release Coming This Week!

This is one of those posts I’m not sure how to approach, especially being this tired when I’m writing it. You see I was fully expecting to release the latest major release of LandlordMax tonight, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Although we don’t have official release dates, we’ve slowly and quietly being letting people know that a release was coming, most likely over the weekend. Again, unfortunately, it’s not going to happen.

The good news is that the new version of LandlordMax is ready to go. It’s actually been ready for almost a full week now. The only thing holding us back is the website, it’s not entirely ready. We’re still working on the release notes, and the user manual definitely needs more work. At the very least I don’t want to release the latest version without a strong News and Newsworthy page like the last release. Although I really hate it, I can accept it if the user manual is trailing behind by a bit. It’s not the end of the world. But we absolutely need a page showcasing the latest features, otherwise it could potentially be confusing to our users. I’d rather give them a good heads up of what’s new, and how some of the new features may affect them (for example a new feature called Advance Notices will have an impact on their existing Scheduled Entries).

That being said, instead of pushing through tonight to the wee hours of the morning, I believe we need a rest (plus we have a key person downtrodden with a bad cold – not me – fingers crossed). I myself have only slept a few hours for the last 4-5 nights, so I’m pretty exhausted. I’m actually hoping this post makes sense when I read it later after I’ve had some rest.

So what I’m going to do instead is take a small breather, and let everyone get some rest before we go live with the new version. We need it! But more importantly, I think it’s important that we avoid making any mistakes releasing a new version of the software. And the best time to make mistakes is when you’re overtired. It’s also the time when people have a tendency to push stuff through that’s of lower quality just to get it over with. That’s not a position I want to be in. I believe the wait will be worth it. I want to avoid making any stupid mistakes. And a few days is not going to hurt anyone. It’s worth the cost.

Although I really don’t like to promise an official release date, I suspect we’ll be releasing mid-week this week.

Thank you for your patience and I look forward to posting when LandlordMax is released!!

PS: Please note that you don’t have to wait for the new version to come out to buy LandlordMax, as part of your license you’re entitled to all releases that come out for up to a year. This includes major upgrades!



 
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  •     Liara Covert
    · May 18th, 2009  · 8:18 pm  · Permalink

    I have a friend who is a software programmer for a particular industry. He licenses it it out to selected users from whom he regularly receives feedback so the product services their needs. It is amazing how on-line distribution permits clients to retrieve the new software from cyberspace, download the latest updates and keep on cutting-edge of things. Your own techniques are greatly appreciated by many people as well. Modern technology revolutionizes communciation and much more.

  •     Steph
    · May 19th, 2009  · 9:09 pm  · Permalink

    Hi Liara,

    Absolutely. Modern technology makes an enormous difference in our ability to push out new version of software. In the past you had to first notify people by mail, magazine ads, etc. Then you had to wait for them to send in their orders, and finally process them. A new update could take as long as several months to really get going. Now an update can be in the hands of thousands, even millions, within days, even hours.

    Not only that, but digital delivery really helps to resolve any issues the software has immediately. In the past a patch/update would require the sending out of disks to all your customers. If people moved, etc., then they were almost out of luck until they contacted you. Today you let the software notify your users and they can download it within minutes.

    It’s amazing how far we’ve gone in terms of software delivery mechanims.

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