Dejal year in review: 2011

The year 2011 was a fairly quiet one for Dejal. I spent much of the year working on big contract projects, which cut into the time for Dejal updates — but that'll be changing in 2012.

2011 saw a major milestone for Dejal: it was the 20 year anniversary of the founding of the company. It was founded on September 20, 1991. Yes, I've been writing and selling Mac apps for two decades! Amazing.

My flagship product to monitor websites and servers for changes and failures, Simon, had several updates in 2011, to version 3.3.1. Editions for the Mac App Store were also introduced: Simon Express, streamlined to only include the most popular services, filters and notifiers, but has an unlimited number of tests, and Simon Free, limited to 5 active test configurations. (See the Simon Feature Comparison for details.)

My handy break reminder tool, Time Out, remains one of my most popular apps, and it saw a number of updates in 2011, to version 1.6.3. It also had a Mac App Store edition introduced: Time Out Free. Version 2.0 has been in the works for a few years now, and saw a few weeks of work in 2011, but again got sidelined by other projects. It remains an important and exciting update, though, so I'm really looking forward to it. And as previously mentioned, everyone who makes a donation for Time Out now will be automatically eligible for the full-featured paid edition at no additional cost — so you can set your own price for it now! This offer expires when version 2 is released. Thank you to everyone who has already donated; the volume of donations is really encouraging.

Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, had some updates in 2011, to version 1.4.1, with Lion support and many other improvements. It also got introduced on the Mac App Store, with a Caboodle Express edition that is basically the same as the standard one.

BlogAssist, my tool to help with HTML markup, only had one release (to version 2.2.6) in 2011. This update added support for BlogAssist Express for the Mac App Store; this edition is also basically the same as the standard one.

I didn't do any updates of Tweeps, an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to easily manage Twitter accounts. It still works fine, and I didn't have time to work on it, though I have some ideas for enhancements.

So what's coming up in 2012? I will be spending more time on Dejal updates this year. My top priority will be Time Out 2. After that, I have big plans for Simon, Caboodle and BlogAssist updates, and may introduce a new app or two as well. It's going to be an exciting year for Dejal!