23 March, 2001
We're not dead!
Well, ok, it might seem that way at times, but rest assured that Beyond Midnight Software is still here. We've just had a severe case of 'Real Life' taking up a lot more time than usual. As a result, there has been no time left to work on BMS products.
As you will have found out by now, we have finally registered a domain name for Beyond Midnight Software. This is something I've planned to do for a long time, but obstacles just seemed to keep getting in the way. Now I've finally managed to get it done!
Some people have asked what our plans are with Mac OS X and our existing products. We hope to eventually port them (where possible) to Mac OS X, but at the moment have the slight problem of not having a computer which can run Mac OS X! Hopefully this can be fixed in the future, but other things have to be paid for first.
EjectDisk 3.1.6 has been released! This version adds support for Iomega devices connected via their FireWire adapter, documents that EjectDisk can close the CD/DVD tray on some computers, fixes a bug where EjectDisk would open then immediately close the CD/DVD tray, and updates the contact information for Beyond Midnight Software to give the new web site URL. You can download this new version on the EjectDisk information page.
It seems that the conditions for EjectDisk to be able to close the CD/DVD tray is more complex than I first thought. Several people have contacted me to say that while they have Mac OS 9.1 and/or QuickTime 5, EjectDisk doesn't close the CD/DVD tray for them. I am at a loss to explain why it works for some people and not others - there must be another factor involved.
Its been a busy last month or so! We have just released a new version of Days to Go, our simple reminder program. This version adds a delay option at startup (to increase the time the messages are displayed on the screen), and moves the documentation out of the program and into a separate file. The contact information for Beyond Midnight Software has also been updated. You can download Days To Go from the Days To Go information page.
A new month, a new web site and a new update to Days To Go! Hopefully you will find the new web site better laid out, and easier to find any information you may be looking for.
Days To Go has just been updated to 2.1.3. This new version includes a program which will display the dates you have entered in a small window, allowing you to see your reminder messages without restarting the computer. The program takes up so little memory that you can load it at start-up and leave it running in the background while you work. You can find out more about Days To Go at the Days To Go product information page.
If you are subscribed to our mailing list, you would have also received the first issue of our new newsletter (The Flickering Candle). My current intention is for the newsletter to be sent out monthly, and to use it to pass on the latest news from Beyond Midnight Software. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, you can use the box at the bottom of this page to subscribe. We promise to never give or sell your email address to anyone else.
If you aren't currently subscribed to the mailing list, the latest news (apart from the web site) is that I have a new computer! As a result, I am now able to run Mac OS X. Which also means that all future BMS releases will be written to run native on Mac OS X. At the moment things are clouded about whether our existing software will be ported to the OS -- see our newsletter for a more detailed discussion about this topic.
Our second newsletter has been sent out, updating people on what is happening here at Beyond Midnight Software. In summary, we have tested our software in the Classic environment of Mac OS X (no surprises -- all but EjectDisk passed with flying colours), and we have a new game in development. To find out more about these items, check out the latest issue of The Flickering Candle.
It seems to be a tradition for BMS. Put up a new web site, and a short while later totally change it around! =) If you have visited here in the last month, you will notice that the colour scheme for the site has changed (although not the design as such). Hopefully the new scheme will be a bit easier on the eyes. As an added bonus, the graphics are slightly smaller, so the page should load a bit quicker.
EjectDisk 3.2 has been released! The new version of EjectDisk adds support for a number of CD-ROM drives which EjectDisk failed to work with in the past. It also increases the number of drives you can individually specify (from 4 to 12), and fixes a bug which could cause EjectDisk to miss disks when ejecting all disks of a particular type. All current owners of EjectDisk can update to the new version for no cost. You can find out more about EjectDisk by visiting the EjectDisk information page, or download it from the downloads page.
A new month, and a new newsletter (The Flickering Candle) has been sent out. This month we talk about the winner of last months contest (and the new contest for this month), tell everyone about the new version of EjectDisk which has just been released, and have a bit of a sneak peak at Pipemare (the new game currently in development). Oh, and I had a birthday today =).
Unfortunately, on the software development front there is little to report for this month. Pipemare is still being worked on, and while it has reached "first playable" stage, it now appears that it won't be available until early 2002. On a more positive note, I have finally received my copy of Mac OS X 10.1, and have been so impressed that I've made the jump from OS 9 to OS X! As always, a new Flickering Candle (our monthly newsletter) has been sent out. Finally, don't forget our monthly competition - this month a free copy of our puzzle game Flip! is up for grabs.
In an effort to make it easier than ever for people to purchase our software, Beyond Midnight Software can now accept payments via PayPal. This is in addition to accepting cheques, cash (multiple currencies), money orders, and multiple credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Diners, etc) via Kagi.
November has been a good month for Pipemare -- a lot of work has been done, and it has progressed well. A new screenshot for Pipemare has been added to the web site, showing the latest test level. We have also sent out the latest Flickering Candle newsletter - in it we talk about Pipemare, and let everyone know that we can now accept PayPal payments.
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