I'm making tons of money in the iPhone market, but I'd be a fool to neglect my 20 years of hard work to make the Stone Works.
I'm finding this statement a little ironic now, because it seems as though that is just what has happened. No updates on any Stone apps since August 2008, no responses anymore to forum questions, there is even spam in the forums! It's like a ghost town here. How do we respond to the newbies asking questions about the Stone apps? Do we encourage them to go ahead and spend the money? I don't think so.
We haven't even gotten a confirmed Snow Leopard update. I'm using Snow Leopard and my Stone apps are still working, but I have just run across an issue with the JPGs that Create makes, and they can't be used with BannerZest Pro. PNG files work fine, but the JPGs don't. In a lengthy email exchange with Aquafadas, and after many tests, this is the conclusion: "When BZ asked for the file Type of your pictures, it logged 'gepj' (jpeg backwards)." I did tests with several other graphics applications, and the JPGs produced all worked fine with BZ. Only the Create JPGs failed, and it was only the JPGs, not the PNGs.
I'm not expecting a response or a fix for this. Andrew Stone hasn't even visited the forum since September 23, 2009. No, I'm just pointing it out for posterity. Maybe somebody will buy the Stone Mac apps and set about fixing a couple of things and adding some of the features that have been requested. It's a shame to let them sit like this, without any sign of activity in the development corner.
As for me, I will begin changing my work habits, albeit with a heavy heart. I'll continue to use the Stone apps as long as I can, but I will be actively looking for other apps that will take their places. With all the bundles in the past couple of years, I probably already have applications on my computer that can handle whatever I've been throwing at Create, but I haven't really been looking. I will now.
I've been a staunch supporter of Create for the past five years, and yes, I've gotten my money's worth with the lifetime of free updates; but maybe if there were paid updates, the Mac apps would not now be treated like the poor relations to the iPhone apps.
If I'm off base here, let me know. Anybody. I would gladly eat my words for some sign of life in these applications.
Very well said ... when I first found iMaginator I was thrilled. I could do a ton of stuff quickly and easily.. then when I started doing upgrades on Mac OSs over the course of a few years things started to go haywire... I mean really buggy with iMaginator.
That forced me to look for alternatives to iMaginator, like Gimp which is *free*, Painter which is about $500. I was determined not to have to pay a GRAND PLUS PLUGINs for PhotoShop, but honestly I can see why people do it. I found PixelMator for Mac which was about $80, and a few other programs each under $100 which do wonderful things and meanwhile iMaginator still does things very easily but no longer far ahead of other applications.
Perhaps the developers know that there are so many reasonably priced digital-manipulation softwares they they have gone the way of many folks and just worked with iPhone Apps.
Apple sure must have some sweet deal for those designers to be able to draw them away from the people who were loyal in the first place and the small companies from which they got started. This might be a sign of the times, but I think it will be temporary ... there are plenty of creative minds that will tire of the iPhone and move back to creating for artistic usage rather than just for the buck.
Neglect sounds more like abandonment for greener pastures ...
Very disappointed in the "lifetime" updates for iMaginator ... must be the "lifetime of loss of interest" warranty.