Thursday, December 20, 2007

Delicious Library: Buy Now, Upgrade Later for Free.

As you might have guessed after we shipped Delicious Library, we've been working on Delicious Library 2. Shocking, I know.

We've had some nice previews on Theocacoa, Ars Technica, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and, of course, Apple.

We're working our butts off on version 2 ever since we shipped version 1, but there have been delays - first off, because we had two very major free updates to version 1 (the international release 1.5, and the new webcam barcode scanning algorithm for version 1.6) that took a long time each (as well as some minor updates), and second because we decided when we saw Leopard that we should re-target our release as Leopard-only, which meant spending a year debugging Leopard with Apple.

We're very, very close now, and I'm happy to announce that everyone who buys or has bought a license to Delicious Library version 1 (the current version, for sale now), on or after December 1st, 2007, will qualify for a free upgrade to 2.0 when it's available.

Delicious Library 1 (that will be 2) would make an excellent Christmas gift, or gift for whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of year, if any. Sure, it's too late for חֲנֻכָּה, but, uh, isn't פֶּסַח coming? In a few months, or something?

So buy now! Without fear! Momma needs Christmas presents! Daddy needs to pay the rent on the old Omni building that is now vacant and losing $10,000 a month!

[To make my lawyers happy, I should mention that, SHOULD SOME unforeseen complication arise and we never ship Delicious Library 2, this deal is null and void. Sorry. I will say that we are using out best efforts to get Delicious Library 2 out and do it in a timely manner, and that "best efforts" is a real legal term and does obligate us to really try, for serious, which doesn't really worry me because, seriously, I'm working nights, weekends, weekdays... ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME. Also, I mean, we've already won an Apple Design Award for version 2 -- obviously, we've gotta ship it.]

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Child's Play Charity Auction, 2007

Would you sell your pants in the name of charity?

For the third year in a row we had the honor (well, actually, we paid) of attending the annual Child’s Play Charity Dinner Auction, hosted by Penny Arcade’s crowd-pleasing yet surprisingly shy Gabe and Tycho. The night was a success from a fundraising standpoint, raising over $225,000 to buy toys for sick kids! (Seriously, if they could find a way to work in orphaned kittens, this charity would print its own money.)

The only disappointment came when Tycho refused to auction off his pants — despite our generous bids and chanting. Seriously, just wear underpants next year! Gabe and Tycho did a great job overcoming their self-proclaimed social anxiety, and created an entertaining and charged atmosphere for hundreds of developers and gamers from the area, plus some innocents at our table who had no idea who all these geeks were. The bidding wars were outrageous, the company fantastic, and the contributions copious! We couldn’t imagine a better time standing up (well, unless SOMEONE had removed his pants), and the cause—providing toys and games to kids in hospitals all over the world—is something we really believe in.

Delicious Monster won several items, including the grand prize: another guest appearance in an upcoming Penny Arcade strip. However, this time, the strip will feature's Wil's cat. (Hey, it's for charity.)

Delicious Monster the handsomest software company in the world, left to right: Mike Lee (the world's toughest programmer), Lucas Newman (in his last public appearance as a monster), and Chief Monster Wil Shipley.