ShutterCount for Windows Price Increase

ShutterCount_Icon-2Effective immediately, we have increased the price of the Windows version of ShutterCount from $2.99 (+taxes) to $3.99 (+taxes). Pricing of the Mac version is unaffected.

Why?

Let me begin with the hard facts. Developing the Windows version costed 3x more than the Mac version. Fixed yearly operational costs  (certificates and such) are 4x more. Support costs of this single, simple app are almost 10x more than all of our Mac and iOS apps combined.

On the income front, despite that theoretically there are 8x more Windows installations than OS X, the Windows version only produces less than 12% of the Mac version’s income.

The Windows version is on the market for 15 months now, and hadn’t turned profitable. In fact, it’s bleeding money. So at this point we have two choices: kill the project completely, or increase the price to a point where it at least breaks even.

We chose to keep the product at an elevated price, and will see how it works out. Ultimately the choice is yours.

ShutterCount for Windows 1.2.1 Released

This is a minor release for addressing an activation issue on some Windows computers.

The issue is rooted in a fact that a few virtual private networking software manufacturers think that it’s fun to change the virtual adapters’s MAC address not on every installation, but on every boot. Why would one do this is beyond me.

But it breaks the hardware ID mechanism in ShutterCount. Well, if there would be a unique identifier on Windows machines, life would be much easier… Lacking this ID, we have to make up one using several sources. Including network cards.

When such MAC address change happened, ShutterCount used to think that it’s running on another machine, and thus initiated the activation process. And if this happened again, the user ran out of the two simultaneous activations that the license allows. Bummer. We had to manually reset the license. While this happened only with a handful of users, it was annoying for both parties.

In 1.2.1 we modified the activation logic to cope with this issue. The app now tells the activation server whether a hardware ID change rendered the activation invalid. The activation dialog still pops up, but this reactivation is not counted against the two computer limit. Please note that this method works only if you have a previous activation record on the given machine.

We now also store your license information, so you don’t have to enter it again and again for these reactivations.

You can update to version 1.2.1 by choosing the Check for Updates… item in the Help menu.

ShutterCount Supports the 7D Mark II

I received my Canon EOS 7D Mark II last Thursday. The very first thing I did with the camera was to add it to ShutterCount. Well, this was one of the reasons for buying it.

A first impressions post will also come in a couple of days weeks, but first things first.

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Apple approved the update last night, so the new Mac version (1.3) is now available on the Mac App Store.

The Windows version (1.1) was released last Friday, and is available through the app’s auto-update feature (just click the Check for Updates… item in the Help menu).

The update is free for existing users. New customers can buy the app for the usual €2.69 / $2.99 / £1.99 price either on the Mac App Store for OS X, or through the app’s home page for Windows.

ShutterCount is Available on Windows

ShutterCount is still very popular: it’s in the top 10 of the Mac App Store’s photo category in over 20 countries. So here’s the big news: ShutterCount is now available on Windows!

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It looks and works the same way the Mac version does, except that history logging is not (yet) available in the Windows version. It runs on Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Pricing also matches the Mac version’s (€2.69 / $2.99 / £1.99). You can activate each license on two computers simultaneously, and there’s no limit on the number of cameras you can read, nor the number of readings you can perform on a camera.

Camera compatibility is detailed on the ShutterCount web page.