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FaceSpan 5 Development Suspended

I must reluctantly announce that I am suspending FaceSpan 5 development. I want to thank you all, particularly those that have contributed their time and effort to help me move FaceSpan 5 forward.

The just released FaceSpan 5.0d70 build will continue to run and has no expiry dates built in. The projects you build with it should continue to execute.

My reasons for suspending FaceSpan development are many. Chief among them are that I keep missing every deadline I have set for myself. I am now over 2 years into this project and I cannot clearly see how to wrap development up so that I have a product to sell. I also am feeling that in the time it has taken me to do this work, the world has moved on and AppleScript-based UIs are not going to be relevant in the marketplace. The Web, Flash and other technologies are moving much faster than AppleScript or I can match. Additionally, there many technical limitations in AppleScript and Cocoa Scripting that I keep having to hack around in order to make FaceSpan usable.

All of this has left me feeling burnt out and I need some perspective. So I’m going to down-tools on FaceSpan for an indefinite period of time. I’m hoping that I can find a way to revive or reuse the work I’ve done at some point in the future, but I have no specific plans at this time.