The interfacelift for ARGen had been in the works for a few months prior to the announcement of the transfer. I had mentioned to Bob that I wanted to make ARGen simpler if we had the time. I knew I wanted to change the PopupMenu / Step design, but hadn’t solidified any mockup designs then.
As time progressed the idea grew to having the steps on the side of the window, akin to an Installer Package. This would give users an overview of every step (which was important to me), but it introduced a new challenge. The installer paradigm was designed for navigation sequentially – or one step at a time – and users would have to click next continually.
I didn’t need to build that design to know it was going to be a poor user experience. It was obvious the user would need to be able to navigate the steps in any order using the control. Naturally I thought I’d go for the source list approach. However there wasn’t any up-to-date source list available for Xojo. The closest thing was FGSourceList, a now outdated look.
In May, Bob and I announced that ARGen would become one of my projects and that I would maintain it going forward. Since then, I have been hard at work reimagining ARGen, as well as preparing for API 2.0.
It is with great excitement that today I announce the newest version of ARGen!
I write software. A lot. Like, for a living. I find it enthralling to write a set of instructions and watch them execute. I have no idea why. So to help make my life easier, I write software to help me write software. A lot.
Counting the number of dev tools I currently maintain takes more than one hand. Some are still being built, but I promise you that when they are ready it will have been worth the wait. These apps need a home, somewhere to be found. Plus, buying domains for each one isn’t cheap.
Strawberries have long been a part of my software development since before Answers. A younger me preferred strawberry flavored drinks. Now I prefer fresh strawberries instead. Some time ago, I grabbed the name Strawberry Software as a possible home for my independent releases.
Finally in need of a central location for my developer tools, I think the time is right to announce Strawberry Software. I still operate as Tim Parnell; the Strawberry Software website is just a home for my children. You will see the tools update and move over slowly as I have time.
However, Strawberry Software will be the new home for ARGen as I have adopted ARGen from BKeeney Software! I am quite familiar with the project and have plans, a roadmap even, for its future.