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Future of Fortunate Bear and VectorBoolean

Almost two weeks ago I started my new full time position at Walmart Labs. I’ve been contracting with them for about the past seven months, working on the iOS app for ASDA. It’s been a lot of fun, and they’re a high-functioning team despite all the iOS devs, except for the manager, being remote. So I’m making the job permanent.

I’ve pulled the last Fortunate Bear app, Black Maria, from sale, and I’ve started the process of winding down the company. I’m no longer available for contracting. Since all progress on VectorBoolean has come via paid contracts, the project is now officially “done.” I was going to offer to take pull requests on it, but if I’m honest, I likely don’t have the time or energy for that. If you’re using the project you should probably fork it and maintain it yourself.

This is a big change for me. I’ve been self-employed, or indie, or whatever you want to call it for a little over nine years now. I’ll miss the freedom and flexibility that it offered, but I’m thrilled I get to focus on one product, work on a team, and not fool with the overhead of running a business. I can just be an engineer, and that in itself is pretty freeing.

Most Fortunate Bear Products Discontinued

I regretfully announce that most of Fortunate Bear’s products have been discontinued and support ended effective immediately. Specifically the products terminated are Illuminate, Skyscraper, Pagesmith, and Log Leech. When I acquired these products I had big plans for all of them, which suffice to say didn’t work out. I will spare you the details, but in broad strokes I was unable to make them financially viable.

My company, Fortunate Bear, has now switched to being primarily focused on providing software development services for Mac and iOS.

However, two products did survive the layoff: Black Maria and Newsline Pro. They did so because I still use them daily. Although I plan to improve them, I consider them side projects and will prioritize them accordingly.

I would like thank the customers of Illuminate, Skyscraper, Pagesmith, and Log Leech for their support. I am sorry that things didn’t work out better.