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Indie+Relief followup

Yesterday around 150 independent Mac and iPhone developers participated in Indie+Relief. These developers pledged to donate proceeds of all yesterday's sales to a charity of their choice for Haiti relief efforts.

This event was organized by Justin Williams of Second Gear Software. It started off as an idea for himself, and he shared it with people on Twitter, and the idea spread. Soon, he was gathering information from other developers and setting up a website, with the design help of Garrett Murray. What started as a simple idea for himself grew into a major fundraising effort involving hundreds of applications.

I was more than happy to join in, and am pleased to be able to report sales totalling $1,350 yesterday (which is definitely more than a typical day!).

I will be donating this amount to Mercy Corps, a very worthwhile Portland-based charity. Read more about what they're doing in Haiti.

Furthermore, my wife's corporate overlords have a program of matching charitable donations, so that will bring the total up to $2,700.

It'll probably take a few days to get a total from all developers participating in Indie+Relief, but it sounds like more than $100,000 has been raised.

A very big thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to the many kind people who purchased Dejal products yesterday. I got emails from a few people saying that they had been thinking about buying Simon, and decided to buy the Enterprise license as a way to help donate to Haiti.

If you missed this event, not to worry — you can still make donations to the charity of your choice. I recommend Mercy Corps, but Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross and others are also excellent choices.

Finally, Narrator is currently in the Mac Bundle Box promotion. The bundle organizer will be donating 20% of all proceeds from this bundle to the Red Cross. So you can still donate while getting great software.

Indie+Relief: charity for Haiti

As you no doubt know, Haiti recently suffered a disastrous earthquake, with at least 200,000 dead as of the latest official report.

Many people have been reaching out to offer support and donations to reputable charity organizations.

The Mac and iPhone independent developer community have come together to do their part. Almost 150 independent developers have declared that they will donate the proceeds of software sales on January 20 (tomorrow) to worthy charities of their choice.

I am participating in this. All proceeds from Dejal Mac app sales on this day will be donated to Mercy Corps for Haiti relief efforts.

Also, one of my products, Narrator, is now in the new Mac Bundle Box promotion. I will donate my share of sales from tomorrow's bundles to Mercy Corps, too.

If you've been thinking about buying a Dejal Mac app, please buy on the 20th so your purchase helps those in need.

For more information about the Indie+Relief effort, see the website. Take a look at the hundreds of other great apps available from generous independent developers. As the banner says, you get great software, Haiti gets financial help.

Happy Holidays from Dejal!

I know that a lot of people will be going away or not thinking about software over the next week or two, but I'll continue to keep an eye on the Dejal Forums and support queries. So if you have any questions, let me know.

As my gift of the season to you, I've just added an automatic coupon "JOYTOALL" on the Dejal Store — everyone gets discounts on all my Mac apps till the end of 2009!

Visit the Dejal Store to share the joy.

I hope everyone has a pleasant and safe holiday season.

Simon specials ending soon

Simon, my website and server monitoring tool, is available for discounted prices from a few places for just a little longer.

  • TheMacBundles includes a Standard license for Simon (normally $59.95) as part of the bundle — which only costs $49.95, so they're effectively paying you $10 and giving you 10 other handy apps for free! But this bundle expires in just a few days, so hurry!
  • Simon Standard is available by itself from MacUpdate Promo's extended deals for just $44.96 (25% off) for a limited time.
  • Simon Basic is also available from MacUpdate Promo for $22.46 (25% off, retail $29.95).
  • Simon Enterprise is similarly available from MacUpdate Promo for $146.25 (25% off, retail $195.00).
  • Not to be left out, existing Simon customers can upgrade from Basic to Standard or Standard to Enterprise for much less via the Dejal Store coupon "MUPUPGRADE", only till the end of the month.

Hurry, don't miss out on these great deals! This range of specials has never occurred before, and may never be repeated!

Simon Standard & BlogAssist featured in TheMacBundles

I'm pleased to announce that Dejal Simon, my flagship server monitoring app, is featured in the fifth TheMacBundles collection. Plus, for a limited time, Dejal BlogAssist, my handy HTML markup tool, is also included as a bonus app.

Dejal Simon is the essential site monitoring tool for Mac OS X. It checks servers for changes or failures, and notifies you via e-mail, sound, speech, Twitter, or other means. You can use it to track updated sites, and to alert you when an important server goes down or recovers.

The bundle includes the full Simon Standard license — normally $59.95!

BlogAssist is a handy tool to help weblog and website editing by making HTML markup easier. comes with several useful operations, including web and e-mail links, bold/italics/strikethrough/etc, LiveJournal tags, and more. But you aren't limited to those — you can add, change, or remove them via the Operations Preferences.

You can see more of them on the Simon and BlogAssist pages.

This bundle also includes 10 other fine apps, for only $49.95. A bargain! Especially since you're getting a Standard license for Simon — for less than it normally costs by itself.

The included apps are:

  • iPhoto Library Manager
  • MYStuff
  • MyTunesRSS
  • PDFClerk Pro
  • Simon
  • Spyder
  • WebPrint Plus
  • Yum
  • Yummy FTP

Plus bonuses:

  • A-Dock X
  • BlogAssist
  • FolderGlance

12 apps for just $49.95 — a saving of over 85%!

Visit TheMacBundles.com to learn more, or to take advantage of this great deal.

Last chance for TheMacBundles!

TheMacBundles promotion is almost over! Last chance to get Dejal Narrator and 11 other great apps for just $49.95.

Narrator utilizes speech synthesis to read out the contents of a text document, using different voices for different parts. You have a range of "actors" that can portray any number of "characters", so various passages of your document are spoken with differing voices, pitches, inflections, etc. You can have it read out a play or story with appropriate voices. The words are highlighted on-screen, and there are also a couple of silent read-along options for stage directions, or for you to read out your own parts. A full license is included in the bundle, not some cut-down version.

You can see more of it on the Narrator page, or download it now to give it a try.

Note that at present Narrator has an issue on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): everything works okay, except that it can't open saved Narrator documents. It can open other kinds, though. I'm still waiting for help from Apple to fix this, but will release a free update to fix this as soon as possible. Of course, if you're still on Leopard, you won't be affected.

This bundle also includes 11 other fine apps, for only $49.95. A bargain!

The included apps are:

  • CrossOver Games
  • DVDRemaster Pro
  • Entourage Email Archive X
  • EastPrint
  • ImageFramer
  • Money
  • Neutrino
  • Scribbles
  • Speed Download
  • Super Flexible File Synchronizer

Plus bonuses:

  • Mac DVDRipper Pro
  • Narrator

12 apps for just $49.95 — a saving of over 85%!

Visit TheMacBundles.com to learn more, or to take advantage of this great deal before it expires. Don't delay!

Narrator and 11 other apps in TheMacBundles

I'm pleased to announce that Dejal Narrator, my fun app to read out stories and interviews in multiple voices, is included as a bonus in the fourth TheMacBundles collection.

Narrator utilizes speech synthesis to read out the contents of a text document, using different voices for different parts. You have a range of "actors" that can portray any number of "characters", so various passages of your document are spoken with differing voices, pitches, inflections, etc. You can have it read out a play or story with appropriate voices. The words are highlighted on-screen, and there are also a couple of silent read-along options for stage directions, or for you to read out your own parts. A full license is included in the bundle, not some cut-down version.

You can see more of it on the Narrator page, or download it now to give it a try.

Note that at present Narrator has an issue on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): everything works okay, except that it can't open saved Narrator documents. It can open other kinds, though. I'm waiting for help from Apple to fix this, but will release a free update to fix this as soon as possible. Of course, if you're still on Leopard, you won't be affected.

This bundle also includes 11 other fine apps, for only $49.95. A bargain!

The included apps are:

  • CrossOver Games
  • DVDRemaster Pro
  • Entourage Email Archive X
  • EastPrint
  • ImageFramer
  • Money
  • Neutrino
  • Scribbles
  • Speed Download
  • Super Flexible File Synchronizer

Plus bonuses:

  • Mac DVDRipper Pro
  • Narrator

12 apps for just $49.95 — a saving of over 85%!

Visit TheMacBundles.com to learn more, or to take advantage of this great deal.

Help cure cancer with the Pan-Mass Challenge software bundles

Once again, Seth Dillingham is offering bundles as a fund-raiser for the Pan-Mass Challenge, which supports cancer research and treatment. A very worthy cause.

Unlike typical software bundles, where hundreds or thousands of people might get a fixed collection of apps at a discount, this one is a bit different: you can use his Bundle Builder site to make your personal ideal bundle of iPhone and/or Mac apps, and offer your own price for it.

I am happy to participate in this effort again this year. A Standard license is available for Dejal Simon, my essential server monitoring tool, along with licenses for Dejal Caboodle, my lean clean snippet machine, Dejal Narrator, my fun app to speak stories in multiple voices, and Dejal BlogAssist, my handy HTML markup tool. Plus hundreds of other great products from other developers.

Go ahead, take a look, and put together your ideal bundle of apps, and help fight cancer!

Last chance for the Mac Bundle Box!

[Mac Bundle Box]

The Mac Bundle Box promotion is almost over! Last chance to get Simon Standard and 11 other apps for just $49.00!

This great bundle expires in just a couple of days, so if you've been thinking about it, wait no more!

The bundle includes a Standard license for my Simon, the essential website and server monitoring tool. Use it to watch your own sites for failures, or others' sites for changes, and get notified via Twitter, email, sounds, speech, or other means.

Simon Standard retails for $59.95. This is the first time it has ever been included in a bundle. If you're at all interested in Simon, you'll save $10 and get 11 apps for free by buying this bundle... if you hurry!

Other apps in the bundle include:

  • Freeway (normally $79.99)
  • Keynote Themes (normally $39.00)
  • DEVONthink (normally $49.95)
  • myNotes (normally $24.95)
  • iCash (normally $60.00)
  • DaisyDisk (normally $19.95)
  • Web2Delight (normally $19.95)
  • Chronicle (normally $19.95)
  • xHub (normally $24.95)
  • Stomp (normally $29.95)
  • Exces (normally $30.00)

Visit the Mac Bundle Box site now to take advantage of this great deal. Don't delay!

Mac Bundle Box 5 now available!

[Mac Bundle Box]

The fifth Mac Bundle Box, a collection of 12 great apps, is now available!

$458.59 worth of software for the low price of just $49.00! An amazing deal. Plus 10% of each sale will be donated to Charity: Water, a very worthy cause.

The bundle includes my own Simon, the essential website and server monitoring tool. Use it to watch your own sites for failures, or others' sites for changes, and get notified via Twitter, email, sounds, speech, or other means. The bundle includes a Standard license, which retails for $59.95 and enables up to 20 tests. If you need more, you can upgrade to the Enterprise license for much less than the normal standalone price. So you can get 12 amazing apps for less than the normal price of a Simon Standard license! It's a no-brainer.

Other apps in the bundle include:

  • Freeway (normally $79.99)
  • Keynote Themes (normally $39.00)
  • DEVONthink (normally $49.95)
  • myNotes (normally $24.95)
  • iCash (normally $60.00)
  • DaisyDisk (normally $19.95)
  • Web2Delight (normally $19.95)
  • Chronicle (normally $19.95)
  • xHub (normally $24.95)
  • Stomp (normally $29.95)
  • Exces (normally $30.00)

Buy Simon Standard from the Mac Bundle Box, save $10, and get all these other apps for free! :)

Visit the Mac Bundle Box site to take advantage of this great deal, while it lasts!

Pan-Mass Challenge software auction

[PMC Software Auction]

Seth Dillingham is hosting a Pan-Mass Challenge software auction once again this year, as a fundraising project for a Massachusetts cancer care charity.

He wants to collect hundreds of software products, which will be auctioned via his site soon.

This is a very worthy cause. I've participated the last couple of years, and am happy to participate again this year. I am donating at least 10 Standard licenses for Dejal Simon, at least 10 licenses for Dejal Caboodle, at least 10 licenses for Dejal Narrator plus at least 10 licenses for Dejal BlogAssist (about $1,140 total value). I encourage other Mac developers to join in, too.

For more information, visit the PMC Software Charity Fundraiser site.

The Mac Bundles is almost over!

Last chance to get Caboodle and eight other apps for just $49.95!

This great bundle expires in just a couple of days, so if you've been thinking about it, wait no more!

Click here for more information.

Caboodle in TheMacBundles!

I'm pleased to announce that Dejal Caboodle, my "lean, clean snippet machine" is included in the second TheMacBundles collection.

Caboodle is a handy tool to help collect and organize various bits of text, images, PDFs, and other information. It includes support for custom fields and freeform rich text and other content, plus can encrypt your entries to keep them secure, and import and export several formats. It is simple and easy to use. A full license is included in the bundle, not some cut-down version.

You can see more of it on the Caboodle page, or download it now to give it a try.

This bundle also includes 10 other fine apps, for only $49.95. A bargain!

The included apps are:

  • Caboodle (normally $19.95)
  • IPNetMonitorX (normally $60.00)
  • MailTags (normally $29.95)
  • PrintMagic (normally $29.95)
  • ShutterBug (normally $39.95)
  • Trampoline (normally $19.95)
  • Typinator (normally $28.00)
  • Voila (normally $39.95)
  • World Clock Deluxe (normally $19.95)

And for the next 14 days, these bonuses are also included:

  • Dock Gone (normally $14.95)
  • Smart Trash (normally $10.00)

11 apps for just $49.95 — a saving of over 80%!

Visit TheMacBundles.com to learn more, or to take advantage of this great deal.

Caboodle and BlogAssist price adjustments and specials

As you may have read from the recent version 2.2.2 release of BlogAssist, I increased the price by $5 to $14.95 for an Individual license, to better reflect its value. As discussed, it really should be higher, but I felt a small increment was better at this stage. I will likely bump up the price a bit more with the next major upgrade (no date announced for that yet).

I also indicated that you can still get it at the old price for a limited time, only via the Dejal Store.

Today, I'd like to announce that the price of Caboodle, my handy snippet organizer, is also going up by $5 to $19.95 for an Individual license. At $14.95, it is significantly under-priced, when competing apps are often around $50.

You can also get Caboodle at the old price via the Dejal Store for now. This offer is only available for a short time, though, so if you're interested in Caboodle, I recommend buying soon.

I have big plans for both of these apps: both will see significant enhancements within the next year. For Caboodle, I'd like to add a companion iPhone app to view and (hopefully) edit entries remotely — with full syncing between iPhone and Mac apps, and between multiple Macs. Along with a refactoring of the UI and data models, and more.

I don't plan on adjusting the prices of other apps at this stage; Simon and Narrator both seem priced about right.

As always, I welcome feedback about these changes, either via comments here or private feedback.

BlogAssist 2.2.2 released

Announcing an update to my handy HTML markup tool, BlogAssist.

This is technically a bug-fix release, but has some changes that have been much requested, and takes the unusual step of increasing the price slightly — but you can still buy it at the old price for a limited time via the Dejal Store. It also increased the minimum system requirements to Tiger, as per my standard policy for updates now: all apps will drop Panther support as they are updated. The previous version, that supports 10.3.9, is still available for those who have old machines, though.

I decided to bump up the price slightly mainly because it is way too cheap for what it does. Even at the new prices, it is really too cheap — it should be more like $25. But increasing prices too much in this economy doesn't seem like a sensible idea. :) Even at the new price, it's still a bargain, and I hope it won't cause any hesitation. I have lots of ideas for future enhancements, so a more sustainable price helps support future work.

Here are the changes in version 2.2.2:

  • Pressing Enter in the Services window will now always work as an equivalent for the OK button, instead of inserting a new line in the active field (pressing Return will still do so, though).
  • No longer always adds itself to the Login Items on launch. Still does so on the first launch (when running from the Applications folder), as a convenience, but not after that. You can toggle the preference off or on as desired.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent finding licenses in very rare circumstances.
  • Removed the old crash reporter, since it doesn't support Leopard crash logs.
  • Prices increased slightly (get at the old price via the Dejal Store for a short time!).
  • Now requires a minimum of Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger).

Download BlogAssist now!

Panic sale!

It may seem strange for a software developer to recommend buying from another developer... but that's what I'm doing now.

Panic Inc is a fellow Portland-based Mac software development company, albeit a larger one, run by a couple of great guys and their talented staff. They produce some great apps, including Coda, a highly-recommended single-window HTML and CSS editor app, which I use to edit the Dejal site. Plus Transmit, a handy FTP tool, which I also use regularly to manage my site. Along with Unison, a usenet reader, and CandyBar, an icon management tool.

From now until the end of May 29, they are having a great sale: 50% off all of their products. So if you're in the market for one of their apps, I urge you to check out their sale page and take advantage of this great discount.

Visit the Panic Half Price Sale page.

And no, they haven't asked me to promote their sale — I'm just a fan of their products, and want to help spread the word.

Edit: A great promo video (via Cabel, Panic's CEO):

Mac Bundle Box 4 ends soon!

Mac Bundle Box

The Mac Bundle Box promotion ends soon. Get in quickly to avoid disappointment!

The bundle includes several great applications for just $49.00! An amazing deal. Plus 5% of each sale will be donated to Charity: Water.

My own BlogAssist is also included as a free bonus. BlogAssist is a very handy app that I use daily when writing blog posts and forum replies. It very easily adds HTML markup around text on the clipboard, or highlighted text in an app.

Visit the Mac Bundle Box site today to take advantage of this great deal, while it lasts!

Mac Bundle Box 4 now available!

Mac Bundle Box

The fourth Mac Bundle Box, a collection of 13 great applications, is now available!

$333.82 worth of software for the low price of just $49.00! An amazing deal. Plus 5% of each sale will be donated to Charity: Water.

The bundle includes my own BlogAssist as a free bonus. BlogAssist is a very handy app that I use daily when writing blog posts and forum replies. It very easily adds HTML markup around text on the clipboard, or highlighted text in an app.

Visit the Mac Bundle Box site to take advantage of this great deal, while it lasts!

SmileDial Pro special price ending soon

When I released the version 1.1 update to SmileDial Pro, my fun iPhone app to call or text your favorite people, I also reduced the price from $3.99 to $1.99.

This was a temporary experiment, to see what would happen — would the reduced price be offset by increased sales volume? That has not eventuated; sales stayed about the same. So next week I'll be raising the price back to $3.99.

There has been much discussion on the intertubes recently about iPhone app pricing. It's recognized by most that $0.99 "ringtone apps" is not a sustainable pricing level for long-term success. While a few developers can make large amounts of money at such price points (mainly for really popular games), for most developers it simply doesn't work.

I am determined to continue supporting and improving my apps, so have to price them accordingly. If an app is too cheap, it doesn't justify the time it takes to improve it. So I can't support $0.99 or $1.99 prices, other than for quick "one day event" apps like Valentines.

Anyway, I thought I'd give notice of the price increase, so if you are considering buying SmileDial Pro, you can still get it at the special discounted price for another few days. Don't delay too long, though!

To learn more about SmileDial Pro, including seeing a video of its features, check out the SmileDial website!

macZOT New Year's Bundle

I'm pleased to be able to participate in macZOT's New Year's Bundle. I'm including Dejal Caboodle, my handy app to store snippets of text, images, PDFs, and other documents in an organized way. Read the product page for more information about it.

This bundle includes several great apps, perfect for those who just got a Mac for Christmas, and for long-time Mac owners. It is also a responsible bundle: $5 from each sale is donated to Heifer International to help people around the world feed themselves. This is a great charity organization that I personally support too.

Check it out:

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