1 after so many years?
What's in a version number? There are differing
theories among software developers as to how to version
their product. Should we skip version 1 and get to
version 2 ASAP for fear people won't buy a version 1
product? Should it be "Logbook Pro 2007", go
sequential, jump versions based on the number of years, just
how do you version a product? These are often
questions among software developers, how do you pick what
you want to call your product? This certainly is a
tough question with Logbook Pro version "next" now in
development, but I will at least explain why 9 years and
running we are still on version 1!
The first and foremost reason, to keep it FREE!
Our policies state that all "minor" updates are free, such
as 1.1 to 1.2, etc. But when we have a "major" version
change, which is when the first number changes, we will
charge an upgrade fee. How much? We don't know,
we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Typically
the upgrade fee for software is a 35% discount of the new
Over the years in Logbook Pro's history we have had
several major changes, tons of new features, 2-3 major
user-interface overhauls, and certainly plenty of
justification to increment the major version from 1 to 2 to
3, etc. Some companies do this every 12-18 months for
the sole reason of rotating revenues, keeping customers
paying without much change to the software. Our goal
was (and still is) first and foremost, establish a solid,
stable, reliable, and feature rich logbook solution.
When we achieve that goal, we'll consider moving to a new
version number when the time is right and a new software
update warrants this change. In fact, now selling
Logbook Pro over 9 years and sold by
Sporty's Pilot Shop as
their exclusive software logbook, we continue to grow at
record paces. You would think at this point we would
have reached some sort of limit to our customer base, but we
continue to grow more and more every month! Was it a
marketing mistake not to increment to a new version?
Maybe! However, maybe the fact we don't think of our
customers as dollar signs is the underlying reason for our
success, along with (of course) our top notch customer
service in answering our customers as fast as we possible
can, typically inside of just a few minutes.
Logbook Pro and APDL are now at their most stable,
feature complete state ever! Support is at an all time
low with sales increasing steadily. What does this
mean? We have reached a point where our software is
what we deem "rock solid" and we have begun development of
Logbook Pro version "next" which we hope to have out next
spring or summer. Many of you know our company policy
is NOT to release dates, time frames, etc. as for some
reason, it is a curse! We say a date, we WILL miss it!
I certainly hope letting the cat out of the bag for our next
version of Logbook Pro is now due mid-2007, but we'll see
how well we meet our projection.
In summary, the "text" on the version information may
show version 1, but for those of you that have been with us
all these years, this product has changed drastically.
You can see our original interface in the Logbook Pro
Video Training series. The core fundamentals are the
same so we see no reason to re-tape all of those handy
tutorials, but it shows where Logbook Pro was, and where it
Thanks to all of you who stuck with us all these
years. And also thanks to those
returned that may have taken a little detour then made a
u-turn down that path and came back with all of the
improvements over the years. Many of you were
instrumental in making Logbook Pro change into what it is
today. Logbook Pro is what it is today solely from
outstanding customer feedback. You speak, we listen,
we develop and return to you your ideas as requested,
integrated into yet another free update of Logbook Pro and