I finally received my Intel Mac, and was able to test Find It! Keep It! on an Intel Mac. It works fine under Rosetta, which is very encouraging. A previous test failed badly. Apple’s fixes in 10.4.8 must have done the trick…
The beta was ready to go out on Monday, but before letting it out I was given the advice to add some form of protection. Apparently piracy of Mac shareware is a thriving industry: Spending less that 10 minutes searching, I found licenses to every piece of shareware I know!
Wil Shipley doesn’t believe it’s a big deal, as pirates would not buy in the first place, but could be the software’s loudest advocates. To some extent, I agree with him.
On the other hand, Colin Messitt makes a very convincing case that unprotected software does not sell well. Having spent a year and my savings working on this tool I cannot afford to lose 4/5ths of my customers.
So… I’ve been adding encryption and registration code to Find It! Keep It!. Many simple solutions violate people’s privacy or are annoying. For instance, I could tie each license to a single machine. But then, people could not upgrade easily. But doing it right takes time… Once this hurdle is over, I’ll release Find It! Keep It!.