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.
I have footnotes working in Pagesmith and polished enough that I can show it to other people. I need some help find bugs in the edge cases, so if you’d like to give footnotes a spin before everyone else, shoot me an email: andy at fortunatebear.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I’ve acquired Pagehand from Ross Carter (a.k.a. Pagehand.com), and renamed it Pagesmith. Pagesmith is a unique word processor that focuses on writing and typography. You can check out the product page here for more details.
I’m particularly excited about this acquisition because Pagesmith is the first really “deep” app that I have. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with it, growing it into something even better. In addition, I really love the direction Ross started Pagesmith off in: a focus on creating beautiful documents through typography and an innovative, clutter free UI.
Anyway, you can read more about the transition in the press release. And don’t forget to give the free 30-day trial a go.