I got a bit busy yesterday, and so no updates. Sorry.
The company I work for is preparing to release a major new version of our software. It’s all very exciting, because though small, we’re a leader in our market. Perhaps the leader. And the process of releasing it is my responsibility, so it keeps me busy.
Since there were no links yesterday, let me throw out a few here, showing the software tools I’ve been using to make my job easier. The first set comes from Indigo Rose, a small developer in Canada. I regularly use their two flagship products, Setup Factory and AutoPlay Studio. Setup Factory is a wonderful cheap alternative to the expensive resource-hog installation wizard most large software products use. AutoPlay Studio is a very easy-to-use tool that creates programs that run automatically when a CD-ROM is inserted into the drive. I know many people (including most potential readers of this page) shut off the autoplay option in Windows, but for my customers it’s very important.
Another tool I’ve begun using is Bridge, by Kemma Software. Bridge is a help-desk call logger and issue tracker that has all the features of the large multi-thousand dollar packages but is a fraction of the price. I haven’t used it very long, but it’s already been wonderful for me.