[ddots-l] Re: What's Going On With CT?

Well said! Praise be to Jesus!
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Thanks for that positive feedback, Bob. Developing and even using assistive technology is a nonstop game of leap frog. As most of us are already aware,
the pace of the game seems to be accelerating constantly.  For example,
there's a public beta of JAWS 11 out there.  Windows 7 is due to ship in a
few weeks.  64-bit Vista machines are becoming the standard, etc., etc.

BTW, as I understand it, there is some benefit to running SONAR 32-bit
version on a 64-bit Vista machine.  When you install SONAR 8+ on a 64-bit
Windows machine, the installer offers you a choice as to whether you will
install SONAR 32-bit or SONAR 64-bit.  CakeTalking does not yet support
64-bit SONAR so be sure to install the 32-bit version.

So, as always, more to do and, it seems, less time to do it in. That being
said, there are still 24 hours in each day and all of us still ultimately
choose what we will do with those 24 hours.  I offer this advice to myself
as well as to anyone interested: try to use at least a bit of that time
daily to make some music.  Not just for fun, school or profit but just for
yourself and, if you have faith in a creator, for that Creator who gave you
that gift to make that music.

Cheers,
Bill

Bill McCann
Founder and President of Dancing Dots since 1992
www.DancingDots.com
Tel: [001] 610-783-6692

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Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2009 4:56 PM
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Subject: [ddots-l] Re: What's Going On With CT?

Excellent post. Thank you very much, Bill. Sometimes, it's just nice to hear
that work is being done. That way, it's easier to be patient. I appreciate
everybody's efforts to make my work easier and in some cases, possible.
Bob.
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Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:26 PM
Subject: [ddots-l] Re: What's Going On With CT?


Dear All,

We are on track to announce a release of CakeTalking within a week.
We plan to ship that release by end of the month.  I will post details
in a few days.  Until I do, I won't give any further specifics.

I am sorry if some of you are feeling neglected because I have not
discussed details of ongoing development publicly.  Anyone who is in
this business will tell you that it's not a good policy to discuss
features under development for a number of reasons.  For one thing,
sometimes development for a particular feature fails.  It would not be
fair or prudent to promise something that we ultimately could not
deliver.

As many of you know, Dancing Dots is the exclusive distributor for
CakeTalking for SONAR, a product developed by David Pinto.  David is
an independent developer who does not work for Dancing Dots as an
employee or as a consultant.  When David creates and tests something
that I believe is ready for sale, I will help him to sell it.  Just
like that popular commercial over here with the man who tells us that
his company "will sell no wine before it's time" neither will we
release something before it's been fully tested and the relevant
information can be included in CakeTalking's tutorial documents and
online help.  That being said, I am seriously considering the option
of offering prerelease test builds for future releases of CakeTalking
to customers who understand the potential risks of using something
that has not been fully tested yet.

Even if you don't use CakeTalking, you can probably guess the answer
to the following question: Is CakeTalking perfect?  Of course not.  Is
any piece of software?  But, in the end, the question is: does
CakeTalking offer significant value because of the ease of access it
affords blind users and because of the usefulness of the hundreds of
pages of detailed tutorial information and the handy online help it
includes.  I'm happy to report that our sales numbers indicate that
the answer to that question for a sizeable number of people is still a
resounding "Yes".  Of course, there are alternatives which, as Phil
pointed out, is a good thing for blind people.
(Since I know that you can't see me I will tell you that, before
writing that last sentence, I put on my blind-guy hat).  Actually, I
put my blind-guy hat right on top of my business-owner hat.  :)

Let me assure Blue Wings, Phil Muir, and anyone else who may have any
doubts that I personally am as committed as ever to developing,
adapting, marketing and supporting technology to benefit blind
musicians.  Are all of our customers happy about what we do all of the
time?  Or, for those of you who run your own business, are all of your
customers happy about what you do all of the time?  I think you can
guess the answer to that one too.  After 17 years in business, what I
can say is that my skin continues to grow even thicker.  Still, I know
that I am blessed to run a business that helps so many people and
provides for my family at the same time.

OK, as the saying goes, watch this space for more details soon.  And
let me be the first to wish you a very merry Christmas!

Regards from Dancing Dots,
Bill


Bill McCann
Founder and President of Dancing Dots since 1992 www.DancingDots.com
Tel: [001] 610-783-6692


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