The future of MagicWB - will there be any?
I would like to use this moment to speak to all MagicWB users as the
author of my product.
A lot of users have asked me in the last months when they could expect a
new MagicWB version with a new color scheme and more colors. With the
release of MagicWB 2.0 I have already agreed that I will continue the
development of MagicWB if the response to MagicWB 2.0 would be good.
Unfortunately I am more than disappointed at the lack of readiness of the
Amiga users to support good shareware (that they use every day). In the
last months I have well monitored the spreading and establishment of
MagicWB and I can almost find it on any Amiga (even in department
stores). Various tests prove it again and again that so many users do use
MagicWB 2.0 on the one hand, but only few of them actually registered it on
the other hand.
Only a fraction has registered MagicWB during the last year (i.e. 0.04% of
all potential users have registered it). I would like to express my gratitude
here to all those who were honest enough to support this project with their
But to all those who have used MagicWB unregistered for quite some time now
and who read this text, I would like to say the following:
You can not just expect others to register and support the further
development of MagicWB, since other people unfortunately think the
same way and this thinking has the result that I am no longer willing to
invest so much time in a new version when I get so little feedback from
the unregistered MagicWB users.
A new MagicWB costs me a lot of time and hard work and I expect to receive
a certain incentive to do this by brushing up my pocket money. I am not
working on MagicWB to improve it for myself, instead I do this because the
users urge me to do it and because they reward me for doing it through
their registrations. However it is not worth the energy and time any longer
if no one registers MagicWB.
There are already specific plans in existence (since 1995) for a
totally new and more colorful MagicWB. But I have frozen this project
temporarily because I can not see a sense in it if only a fraction will
register it. However I would really prefer to continue the MagicWB
project... but for nothing I also won't do a thing!
Why am I writing this text? Well, I intend to address especially those who
have not registered MagicWB to this day and give them food for thought:
Without your support for MagicWB I will not continue it. One can not
always take without giving. Shareware is based on mutuality ("to share").
I will now make this offer to all those who were too lazy to register:
The "public release" of MagicWB 2.0 and especially this new website are
means for me to test if you are still interested in a further development
of MagicWB. I have made the registration process as easy as ever possible
through new and very comfortable registration methods. So, from now on
there should be no valid reason to say that you would register MagicWB if the
registration would be easier. It is now the easiest thing it could
get! If you don't register MagicWB now but have it still running on your
Amiga, you are indirectly saying "no" to a future version and continued
development of MagicWB.
This test is the last opportunity to tell me that you use MagicWB, that you
like it and that you are interested in future releases of MagicWB by
registering and thereby supporting it. Unfortunately I do not have any
other possibilities to find that out:
The test extends over the coming months. The amount of
new-registered users in this test period will be decisive of the future of MagicWB and
if I will continue my work on it. If the amount of registrations within this
period is not going to improve I will interpret this as a "no" to any
further development of MagicWB and will eventually have to stop this
project (as much as I would regret it).
It is indeed pitiable that I have to write this, but as always the subject
"software pirating" also fits here: The more successful a software product
is the more is it going to be pirated with the result that more and more
users do not recognize the moral sense of duty to purchase a product they
use. With this attitude these people will destroy more than they think (or intend).
Please don't let me down -- I would love to continue the development of
MagicWB and make the Amiga a better computer.
The test begins...
I also encourage you to copy & save this MWB-Now-Button and to place it on
your homepage and also convince others to use it. With that you can actively
support MagicWB and ensure its future for the Amiga. Thank you!