Wow, it seems like forever since I have posted anything on the website about AVD, or much else for that matter. In fact it has been three and half months, which in the scope of the Amiga's life time (both alive and dead), is very little time at all. Although it always feels like an eternity when those of us in the Amiga community are all busy playing the seemingly never-ending game of "Wait and see."
So, the first quarter of 2007 is now past us by already and I know there are several of you out there asking, "What is that Jamie guy doing anyway, and where is my finished copy of AVD?"
To that, the answer is painfully simple, trying to keep my house.
Please allow me to take a moment and address a few concerns I know are out there:
The AVD and FreeAVD Projects are alive and well.
Development through to the completion of version 1.0 of AVD and FreeAVD will continue regardless of the availability of new AmigaONE hardware, or the further growth of the AmigaOS4(tm) platform itself.
The runtime system (and possibly the visual tools) of AVD will be made available on other platforms, but continued development will always lead from the AmigaOS4(tm) version.
Further development past v1.0, including new Templates, Modules, and Extensions are planned. Again, regards of hardware availability or the general growth of the AmigaOS4(tm) audience.
All financial donations to this project have been, and continue to be, tracked and credited to their respective donors. These generous people will be able to collect on potentially multiple licenses (or "seats") of the full AVD Suite or elect to receive upgrade credit toward future versions of AVD beyond v1.0, extension modules, or even other software from BITbyBIT Software Group.
I have not taken these funds and "skipped the country" or otherwise intend to defraud the Amiga community in any way. The reality is that while most of the funding was able to go directly toward development time on AVD/FreeAVD, the rest has actually gone back into the Amiga community to aid other critical efforts, like sponsoring AmigaWorld.net or AmigaFuture.de
The financial impact of going 6 months past my original operating budget has taken a much larger amount of time to deal with than I had anticipated, which in turn greatly slowed direct development of AVD/FreeAVD over the last 3 months in particular. Development is continuing however, and at a regular pace. A major release of both AVD and FreeAVD is currently planned for the end of June (this year), and I have high hopes in being able to make that goal. In the mean time I have a few related items I plan to get out there before then.
The final proof will be in the actual delivery of the software of course, but it is real, it does exists, and it will happen. So please forgive me if I ask you to "Wait and see" just a bit longer.
Finally, a special thanks to those die hard supporters out there, your continued donations (no matter how small) do help out a great deal so please keep it up if you can. To everyone else, the flexible donation methods remain open so please contribute what you can to help accelerate development on this critical project. Thank You.
The Amiga Future 144 was released on the May 4th.
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Published 19.04.2007 - 09:56 by AndreasM
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