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.
A new version of Log Leech is out today. It updates the Mac version by doing some UI clean up, improving HTML export, adding a log entry detail view, and improving performance and stability. In addition, version 1.5 introduces a universal iOS version of the app. The iOS version is quite similar to the Mac version; the main difference is instead of providing an export function, it allows you to email the logs to the address of your choice.
The 1.5 release for Mac is free for existing customers, and $9.99 for new customers. It can be found either in Fortunate Bear’s online store or Apple’s Mac App Store. The iOS version is $4.99, and can be found in the App Store.
See the press release for more information.
Today I completed the acquisition of another small software company, Creastoric. If you don’t know, Creastoric was the creator of Log Leech, an application that has an innovative way of viewing and navigating system logs. If you’re the kind of person who needs to deal with logs, I encourage you to check it out.
I think the product (as a system utility) fits well with my existing Mac product, Illuminate. Both are kind of power user products, and I’m hoping there is some overlap in the audience. Either way, it’s exciting to see my product portfolio expand. I have a lot planned for Log Leech and Illuminate.
Anyway, you can get all the details of the acquisition in the press release.