I put FlexTime in the “cold-storage locker” one week ago yesterday and it’s been resting up for its official 1.0 debut.
FlexTime 1.0 is available starting today for $18.95. A free 30 day trial is available and automatically applies to the fully-featured download available here. If you decide to buy it, you may purchase from directly within the application, or online through the Red Sweater Store.
What is the cold-storage locker? It’s my off-the-cuff name for the process of leaving source code unmodified while continuing to test the product. Many smaller businesses fall into the trap of releasing software “hot off the presses,” which often means some bug was fixed mere hours before release, inadvertently introducing five undiagnosed problems for the public to uncover.
The cold-storage locker is a good idea, but this is the first time I’ve diligently employed it. In the past I’ve just succeeded (or to be honest, sometimes failed) on the basis of my relatively careful coding practices. But after hearing enthusiastic endorsements of the policy from friends at Bare Bones and Flying Meat, I’ve decided that I should also adopt this policy going forward. Not only does it give you time to think of the “oh crap” mistakes that you might have made, but it (ideally) gives you have a little pre-launch vacation time to relax and prepare for the (hopefully) large influx of new customers.
It feels good to have FlexTime 1.0 officially under the bridge, so I can get to work on updated versions of it, and some other products I have twinkling in my eyes.