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4.7
24 April 2017

Virtual sketchbook and more.

Shock-J
10 August 2009

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I'm all for developers who pay attention to user feedback and quickly respond with bug fixes and updates, BUT having to publish seemingly critical bug fixes everyday for a week immediately after the software is released would leave one to believe that the so-called "final" product needed a little more beta testing and was not quite ready for prime time. Beta testing with paying customers never goes over well.
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Version 4.0.6

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Rob-gendreau
02 September 2015
Can't get it run on a retina iMac with Yosemite 10.10.5, latest version of Conjure. Can't find any support on their website. Moving on.
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Version 4.6
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ConjureBunny
ConjureBunny
13 October 2015
Hi Rob,

I'm sorry to hear you're having problems. 10.10.5 is the OS version the latest build was built on.

That said, you're right, aside from the Facebook link, it appears we don't have the feedback links on the site at the moment. I'll fix that today.

I am curious what kind of problem you're having with Yosemite. I'm about to send another build out, but my beta testers haven't reported any issues with 10.10.5 yet.

So please feel free to contact me through the contact links here on MacUpdate, the Facebook page (facebook.com/conjurebunny), or email at conjurebunny@gmail.com

Thanks!
-Chilton
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Mar6473
29 October 2012
Has Conjure been updated for Retina displays?
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Version 4.5.1
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ConjureBunny
ConjureBunny
26 November 2014
Yes, it received one update right after Retina displays were released, and I added additional support to some edge issues in this version. Specifically, it was having problems when the user switched between Retina and non-Retina. Those are fixed now.
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pandora-1
07 November 2011
To the developer: A thousand thanks for providing a great screen shot of your app. It is not only large and readable, it gives a great overview of what Conjure does. I'm seriously considering a purchase.
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Version 4.1.4
borodin
21 July 2011
I'm in love! For me as a designer and artist one of the most innovative, creative and easy-going notebooks, sketchbook, ideas catcher and folder. Meanwhile I start every new project with Conjure. The bigger the screen the better... Thank you for the quick and good support in the beginning.
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Version 4.1.4
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ConjureBunny
ConjureBunny
13 October 2015
You know, I forgot to respond to this. I'm glad it's working well for you, and if you have any suggestions for future features, please let me know!

Thanks!
-Chilton
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Khadrelt
27 April 2011
Does anyone know the license restrictions? I can't seem to find anything about it on the website. I just want to know if I can use it on my laptop and my desktop with one license. Tried to email the developer via a link on the website, but it was returned undeliverable.
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Version 4.1.4
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
07 May 2011
My dot mac email address is dead, thanks to a hilarious joke by one of my clients. I'm working on getting that fixed, now. I realize I should put this on the site, so I'll do that soon. But I let Conjure users put a copy on any of their own computers, and the computers of any immediate family members, with no restrictions. So far, this has not led to rampant piracy, as people are generally good. Especially when they're not being screwed over by insane license restrictions. So yeah, you can absolutely put a copy on your laptop and desktop, and use the same license for both.
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Khadrelt
Khadrelt
07 May 2011
Thanks for the info.
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Lumac52
06 February 2011
Discerning app shoppers will surely want to have a look at the upcoming Conjure Pro, about which information is available on the developer's website. Apparently it does everything for the cost of everything.
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Version 4.1.4
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Devhq
Devhq
25 March 2011
Hi Lumac52! It'll be out very soon. Within a week. The Pro version will cost around $50. A Basic version (not sure about the name) will still cost around $25. And all of the current users get a free upgrade to Pro.
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Chilton-Webb
15 September 2010
I have new videos of using it with a ModBook and a Tablet on the way, which will show off some of the new features (most work with mice as well, obviously). Conjure's Ninja Bunny beta team is now hovering around 20 people, and this version should be free of any major issues. If you run into anything, please don't hesitate to let me know! -Chilton
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Version 4.1.3
Noser
30 June 2010
This software looks a nice program, but I have a problem and several questions about functionality. First, I cannot change the project neither with the Bunny Menu nor Desktop Menu. I don't know the reason of this strange behaviour. The Desktop Overview only shows the current Desktop, but not the others in the same or in other "Space". In fact, the Navigation between Desktops doesn't work at all. Any help?. Another thing a little confusing is the use of Term "Project" and "Desktop". After playing a little, they seem to be the same Right?. The features of other terms are not well explain like the "focus" option or the "sink" option in the Conjure Menu. I've seen several screencasts but they don't seem to explain these options, and the Help in the program is not searchable at all. A missing feature is the "action items" like checkbox or date, aroww , etc in the text. I think that's my first view of this software, nice, but needs a lot of work & improvement (like most of them, of course!)
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Version 4.1.1
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
13 September 2010
Hi, Thanks for writing! The Spaces integration is not where I'd like it yet, but I wanted to get this next version out because it contains a few bugs that people might be experiencing, and it includes some ModBook stuff the Modbook users have been waiting on. But yeah, the Spaces integration could use some help. But in the next big version bump (4.2), I'll address the distinction between projects and desktops. You can have multiple projects, and each one can contain multiple desktops. The simple reason is that some people really like keeping their Conjure database on DropBox, or backing it up via SVN, and they'd asked for something similar to a document architecture, so that this was easier. If multiple projects are open, you can toggle between them with command+~. In 4.2 I'll blur that line a bit more, and simplify access to them. More on that later, though. Checkmark lists will be a 4.2 feature, as will improved Spaces capability. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.1.1
liang-case
18 September 2009
I download it today and happy with it. Here is my suggestion about Conjure 4.1.1. • Problem with xGestures After loading Conjure, I cannot see my xGestures's mouse path in the front window while I invoke gesture feature. But xGestures still works fine in the background. Is there any way to fix it? • Please let Cmd-i OPEN and CLOSE the inspector window instead of Cmd-w to close it.
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Version 4.1.1
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
19 September 2009
Hi, I just downloaded xGesture. Interesting app. Mouse gestures were a concept I included in the early days of Conjure, and one I still might bring back. (Back in the early days, you clicked and swizzled objects around to make a cluster). This is an interesting app, and one I'll play with in more detail soon. However, it appears to be working fine here. Conjure doesn't do anything too outlandish or hackish to accomplish what it does, and from looking at xGestures in Shark, it's not doing anything too bad either. So I'm not sure how the problem you're seeing is happening. Of note, I'm using a MacBook Pro in this case, and I had problems with xGestures initially catching my cursor movements. Conjure was not running at the time. But it's possible it's some Snow Leopard weirdness going on there. At any rate, if you can provide me with more info though, I'd be happy to track it down. Regarding the Command+i to open and close the info panel, that's a good idea, and I've added it to the current beta. Once the last of the known bugs is fixed, and the beta team returns no new bugs, I'll post another update. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.1.1
liang-case
liang-case
19 September 2009
Hi, Chilton Thanks for reminding. I tried re-enable xGesture again after I restart my OS X 10.6.1. The gesture path back again and Conjure works fine together. There is another situation I met yesterday. I enabled the Screen Corners and Spaces features on my MBP 2.53Hz early-2008. If I open two Conjure projects at the same time. While I switch spaces via Screen Corners, Conjure's switching Desktop shortcut, Cmd-Number, doesn't work. I have to press Cmd-0 to bring desktop overview first. I notice there are some users experienced this problem from your Forum. Hope this info helps. Thanks for developing Conjure.
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Version 4.1.1
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
19 September 2009
Hi EEPTMAN, That particular bug (the desktop shortcuts disappear) was fixed last night, and our beta testers are banging away on it right now. As soon as I hear back as to the status of the bugs in that one, I'll release an update. FWIW, I believe in 4.1.1 that can also be circumvented by either forcing it to save (command+s), or by switching to a different desktop. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.1.1
liang-case
liang-case
19 September 2009
By the way, how can I perform rotation images in Conjure? I tried the way from Conjure's Help: Shift-rotate But it doesn't work for me. While I am holding the Shift key, and rotating the image w/ two fingers on Conjure Desktop. Only the image bound spins quickly. It doesn't rotate at all.
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Version 4.1.1
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
19 September 2009
Hi, This feature didn't work to my satisfaction, so I removed it. It'll be back in the next update as well. In Conjure 3, there was a bug in CoreAnimation that would throw off the boundaries for the object when it was rotated, so there was no way to click on it to 'unrotate' it. For v4.0, I had the old code in there for rotation, but that slowed down everything else, because it was horribly inefficient. For 4.1, I removed the rotation code, when I added aspect ratio scaling, because the two conflicted, and I wasn't sure which my users wanted. I'm looking into exactly what behavior would be expected in this case, and I think iWeb does a good job of how I would expect it to work, so I'll probably be adding that to the beta tonight as well. If it checks out, the next update will have it. -Chilton
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Version 4.1.1
F451
18 September 2009
I purchased a license when it was still version 3, and even the developer admitted it was not where it was intended to be, but I knew it had great promise. Version 4, and the advent of Snow Leopard has allowed Conjure to catapult its development and I could not be more pleased. It is easy to see even Apple adopting what Conjure is now doing as the desktop (yes, I know Conjure is not the desktop, but emulates it) has never demonstrated as much potential as it does with Conjure. Please keep up the good work!I
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Version 4.1.1
Chilton-Webb
16 September 2009
Hi! This version brings a lot of new features to the table, and fixes a ton of things our users had run into, from actual bugs, to extremely specific tweaks. But the highlights in this one are the support for customizing multiple Spaces (which to my knowledge has never been done to this extent), support for MobileMe and thumb drives, and the Organizer and Knife tools. Conjure's features are largely community driven. If you send in a feature request, there's a good chance it will at least be seriously considered. So don't hesitate to ask! For example, the Organizer came out of a discussion on the ConjureBunny forums. As far as I know, this is the first time this type of tool has been created. And now that I'm using it, I can't imagine how I prototyped anything without it! -Chilton
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Version 4.1
Chilton-Webb
04 September 2009
Hi! I realize my prior message about pricing might be confusing, so here's how it works... 1) If you want to use the full version (which has unlimited desktops), but you only want the current version that is shipping, that's called a one-shot license. That's $5. No updates, no upgrades. 2) If you want to buy the full version, and you want updates to all of the 4.x series at no additional charge, that's the normal price, $25. 3) If you're a teacher, email me. I have a special rate for teachers. If you have any questions or suggestions, don't hesitate to get in touch. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.0.9
Chilton-Webb
04 September 2009
Hi! A few things of note here for the 4.0.9 release... 1) This version was not originally part of my plan. I released this one because 4.1 is taking slightly longer than I'd hoped, and Snow Leopard broke some things in 4.0.8. 2) All of the bug fixes slated for 4.1 are in 4.0.9. 3) This version is a free upgrade for all 3.x and 4.x users, even if you only bought the one-shot upgrade and were told you wouldn't get a free upgrade. 4.1 will go back to being a paid upgrade for the one-shot purchasers. 4) Most of the 'cool new things' that people are discussing in the ConjureBunny.com forums are in this version, but disabled. That's because they're just not ready yet, so they're safely tucked away. There's no way to 'just turn them on' either. But when 4.1 ships, with the exception of the cool new things, it will work exactly like this one. Exactly. 5) This includes one of the new Quartz Compositions, BunnyLand. Most likely, this version of BunnyLand will be fleshed out quite a bit prior to the 4.1 release. 6) I'll be banging on 4.1 over the weekend, so please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. 7) There is no seven. Thanks! -Chilton Webb
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Version 4.0.9
Robotank
15 August 2009
At the risk of being hated on, I feel the need to say something here. I really think people should be skeptical of this developer and his app. He releases software in October of 2008 that's sold on MU Promo. It's sketchy, unstable, and unusable. After this there is barely a peep out of the developer until August 2009, at which point he releases a new major version of this same software. What will happen now? Will he vanish again in a couple of weeks? Will this version really be any better than the previous one? I don't know, but I'm hesitant even to try it, given my experience with version 3. My point is that this developer has shown evidence in the past year of being both incompetent and negligent. Obviously I'll reserve judgement on Conjure 4 until I try it, but I strongly caution people to demo this software thoroughly before considering a purchase. (I got it on the MU Promo, so I only had one day to demo it, and I didn't see how much was wrong with it in that time period.)
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Version 4.0.7
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
15 August 2009
Hi, I'm Chilton Webb. Conjure's developer. And I'm not going anywhere. As stated before, all MUPromo users continue to get free upgrades to this version, for the reasons outlined in my earlier posts. When Conjure 3.x was released, I was a full time developer on another commercial product. Conjure was a part time app for me, and the demands of my full time job were too much to devote the kind of time to Conjure I needed to. Conjure has a fully operational demo version, and always has. No limitation on anything in demo mode except the number of desktops you can use. Everything else is identical to the full version. I am sorry that you only tried it for a day, and feel like you were somehow 'taken'. I think I've offered to refund your $15 a number of times, and the offer still stands if I did not send you a refund. Besides the free, fully functional demo, I have a very lenient refund offer if people don't like it, after they buy it. As I stated here earlier, there were a number of reasons why I could not simply 'fix' the 3.x version. That's why 4.0 was a ground-up rewrite, and why I gave everyone a free upgrade to this version. And I think I mentioned that farther down on this page. 90% of the problems in the 3.x release were due to Core Animation bugs that Apple has now stated will not be fixed. Frankly it doesn't surprise me, as Conjure is the only app that runs into most of them. And they aren't fixed in Snow Leopard, so I think it's safe to say it is time I fixed the problem by rewriting the Core Animation based portions. The problem is, all of Conjure 3.0 was Core Animation based. So this process took hundreds of hours of work, over the last year. I believe I was very open about that fact, and tried to keep people up to date on my progress if they were curious. I've been writing Mac apps since the late 1980's, and I'm not going anywhere. I responded to every email anyone sent me, and I believe the forums, blog, YouTube channel, email, Skype, and iChat channels I have open to all of my users make it very easy for anyone to get ahold of me, at any time. Today, I am back to working on my own Mac applications full time, as a freelance developer. That means I can whip out updates and bug fixes as needed. I rewrote all of 4.x to add in the 3.x feature set, while keeping the stability found in the 2.0 series. I would urge anyone trying to decide on Conjure to try it for themselves. That's why it's a FREE, FULLY FUNCTIONAL demo. And then, before you buy it, visit our forums. There is an active, and APPARENTLY HAPPY Conjure community in our forum. Watch the YouTube videos. Read the blog. Email me, and let me know what you think. Your post goes from skeptical to borderline slanderous pretty quickly. You paid $15 for this app. I've asked you repeatedly for your contact info so I can refund your $15. My offer still stands. If you still feel cheated, and that your $15 is not worth what this app can do for you, I will be happy to send you a refund. Just email me! -Chilton ( chilton@mac.com )
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Version 4.0.7
Robotank
Robotank
16 August 2009
First of all, you've never offered to refund my money. You never even responded to my email. But whatever with that. It makes sense that you didn't have a lot of time to spend on Conjure 3 because you were doing other things, but the least you could have done was let your customers know what was going on, and that we could either wait patiently for a new version or ask for a refund. As it was, you simply said nothing, and I was left with an unusable app. Yes, I did feel a little taken, both by you and by MacUpdate. As for the demo, I'm not disputing that it's fully functional, but it was offered on promotion on a reputable web site, so it's reasonable for me to be annoyed that there were so many problems I couldn't uncover during the promo period. MacUpdate is partially to blame for the inadequate time to demo your app when was it was on promo. If they want people to buy something with only one day to try it, they should make sure they're not promoting an excessively buggy app. On the other hand, you could have held off on promoting Conjure if you knew how unstable it really was. I used to trust MU not to promo bad or extremely buggy apps, but I don't any more (there have been a couple of promos on downright scamware in the last several months). I don't mean to attack you personally, but I'm sure you can understand why I'm irritated here. I just don't think you did a very good job of handling the situation with Conjure 3. I'll give Conjure 4 a shot, and if I'm not happy, perhaps I will take you up on the refund offer.
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Version 4.0.7
Chilton-Webb
15 August 2009
Hi, just a note for my PPC Leopard users out there. All PPC problems should be entirely fixed in version 4.0.7. Please give it a whirl and let me know what you think! Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.0.7
Shock-J
10 August 2009
I'm all for developers who pay attention to user feedback and quickly respond with bug fixes and updates, BUT having to publish seemingly critical bug fixes everyday for a week immediately after the software is released would leave one to believe that the so-called "final" product needed a little more beta testing and was not quite ready for prime time. Beta testing with paying customers never goes over well.
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Version 4.0.6
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
10 August 2009
Hi, I understand how you feel about this, but I feel it's equally wrong to 'sit' on fixes until I have enough 'saved up' to make a big deal about its release, especially when my users could actually be using the software right now, as opposed to when I get around to letting them. As you can see in my videos, I use Conjure every day, for almost everything I do, and I didn't catch any of these bugs. And not everything I'm posting is a bug fix, it's just that those get the most attention. In the last 24 hours, for example, I added support for Path Finder. Fortunately, I learned from building earlier versions, and figured out how to build v4 in such a way that it's trivial to update any one part without affecting anything else. When people post bugs, it shows a weakness in the app. If I let that just sit and fester, it starts to look pretty gross. Look at how the security groups rake Apple over the coals for not fixing security bugs 'fast enough'. Right now, if someone finds something they don't like, I just fix it. Hey, I'd love it if other apps on my desktop were fixed as quickly ;-) -Chilton
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Version 4.0.6
Plistoff
Plistoff
10 August 2009
Shock J: I am actually reading very few "critical" fixes. If you read the version history you'll see "adding" and "improving" more than anything else. That's not a critical fix like "Fixed Conjure setting computer on fire" would be. XD I appreciate Chilton's responsiveness and willingness to listen to Users' ideas (though that doesn't mean he should just do whatever anyone wants. And, yes, I am in the software biz as well.) It's one thing to write an app that you use and find helpful but once it's out in the wild you realize how differently other people use (or want to use) it. Bravo, Chilton! 8^)
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Version 4.0.6
Shock-J
Shock-J
10 August 2009
No one said you were "sitting" on your software. In fact I said the opposite, I said you were "paying attention to user feedback and quickly responding," which I think is great. My point is that any software product needs a certain level of stability before it is released to the general public, especially if you're selling it. You said, "I use Conjure every day, for almost everything I do, and I didn't catch any of these bugs." Does that mean you're the ONLY beta tester. If that's the case, in my humble opinion, therein lies your problem. As a single user you can't possibly encounter every use scenario you product will encounter and you will naturally miss a lot of problems. So when you do release it to the general public, and it fails for a significant user base, your product will look "unpolished." And that is the feeling I get here. To quote TANKKNIGHT, "Unfortunately so far out of v4.0.0 thru v4.0.5 only version 4.0.2 works. v4.0.2 will work only as long as I use it lightly, do not leave it active long." Your dedication and effort into your product are not in question here. I think that's obvious to us all. My concern solely focuses around the level of testing and overall stability of what you call a releasable, and more importantly, sellable software product.
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Version 4.0.6
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
10 August 2009
Hi, I should clarify this, I wasn't implying that you said I was sitting on the bug fixes. That's just how I feel about it when I see someone release a new product that has a ton of bug fixes in it. I have to ask myself why it wasn't released earlier, especially if one of the fixes was something I could have used earlier. I do appreciate your concern. Conjure does go through a fairly intense amount of beta testing prior to each release, and I'm fairly confident we wiped out all of the catastrophic bugs in there months ago. I have a G5, with Leopard, and it runs this fine. But I realize this might also be an OS version issue (my G5 is a few behind right now), and that's the clue I'm going off of right now. There's some irony here. The problem that TANKKNIGHT is running into is absolutely a bug in WebKit on Leopard on PPC, or at least that's what his bug report points directly at. It's not crashing in Conjure's code at all. So I'm working on a workaround for it. Because unfortunately, I cannot depend on Apple releasing software at the rate I can. -Chilton
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Version 4.0.6
Shock-J
Shock-J
10 August 2009
I can certainly see your viewpoint, particularly being an independent developer. But I think you asked an important question, and I'm paraphrasing here, "why do software developers wait and release products with a ton of bugs fixes, INSTEAD of releasing the product in shorter intervals with less fixes/updates, which could potentially be more beneficial to the end user?" I think it's all about perception. One side of the coin is hype/buzz/marketing. Like you said in your first response, "being able to make a big deal about its release." The other side of the coin is stability/quality. If you immediately start pushing out updates/fixes right after the product is releases, the end user could "perceive" that your product is unstable, it was released prematurely, and you're now rushing fixes out the door to create a viable product, i.e. Microsoft. :-) Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that's what you did at all. I'm simply saying that's one way it could be perceived. My initial comments were based on the latter perception, and yes, I could be completely wrong. But perhaps, you should take this into account as you're releasing updates/fixes. No end user actually expects bug fixes on daily basis. Even just pushing out updates once a week, would dramatically alter the perception of the "stability" of your product, at least in my humble opinion. The last thing you want to do in unintentionally sabotage your own product due to bad "marketing." All in all, I don't think anyone doubts the devotion and hard work you put into your product. The Mac community could certainly use more developers like yourself. Be smart. Don't forget it's not just about making good, great or better products than the next guy. If that's all it took, we'd ALL be Mac OS users and Windows wouldn't be infecting computers across the planet. ;-)
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Version 4.0.6
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
10 August 2009
Hi, Well, releasing software daily is something I don't think I could keep up indefinitely even if I wanted to ;-) I will take your points into consideration though, and marketing Conjure has traditionally been difficult, so I'll pay attention to your thoughts on this. Thank you! -Chilton
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Version 4.0.6
Djefis
10 August 2009
Genial software, one of the most creative that I know. It creates a particular Ambient and everything is very beautiful. A thanks to the creativeness of the developer. Finally something different for the desktop, One of mine preferred! Maurice.
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Version 4.0.6
1 answer(s)
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
11 August 2009
Hi! Thanks for the kind words! -Chilton
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Version 4.0.6
Tankknight
09 August 2009
I used to use Conjure quite a bit, but then after a couple of Leopard updates it went completely unstable. I got pretty excited with the version 4 release. Unfortunately so far out of v4.0.0 thru v4.0.5 only version 4.0.2 works. v4.0.2 will work only as long as I use it lightly, do not leave it active long, do not use the app 'You Control Desktops' and do not use Help. It could be because I am still using a PPC G5. Oh, I wrote to the developer, but I have not received a reply yet.
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Version 4.0.5
4 answer(s)
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
10 August 2009
Hi, Yeah, the problem on the help system is absolutely related to PPC Macs, and I'm investigating that now. The versions after 4.0.2 should be increasingly better at handling various types of problems, so please try the latest version and see if it addresses your other issues. If not, please send me the crash logs so I can take a look at where it's going south. If you email conjurebunny@me.com it's added to my trouble-tracking system. Including screenshots and/or crash logs gets a much faster response. I have a PPC G5 I will test this on today. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.0.6
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
15 August 2009
All PPC problems should be entirely fixed in version 4.0.7. Please give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
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Version 4.0.7
Tankknight
Tankknight
16 August 2009
Alright! version 4.0.7 works and has stayed on for over 24hrs now. Conjure is even playing with 'You Control Desktops' ... I like YCD as I have multiple screens and I keep multiple apps running on different desktop "sets". Each desktop "set" consists of 'like apps' across all screens. Conjure is great as a central app in one set and is on the main screen ... Yes, once again (though to be honest I am not completely trusting of it yet) it is becoming my main organizing app. I confess that I am a little childish in that I love writing on my screen with my Wacom pen/tablet ... It is especially great for doodling while on conference calls ... taking notes too. Thank you!!!
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Version 4.0.7
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
16 August 2009
Hi Tankknight! Excellent, excellent! I am very happy to hear this is finally working for you! -Chilton
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Version 4.0.7
Chilton-Webb
06 August 2009
Hi, Here's the deal. Conjure 3 was based on some underlying technologies that frankly weren't designed to do the rather mundane things I thought it could. Core Animation is great at moving objects around a screen, but it kills editable text, and renders the OSX spell checker useless. It appears my bugs related to this are unlikely to be fixed in Leopard or Snow Leopard, so I have instead gone back to the 2.0 codebase, and added everything in 3.0 (and more!) to that. In the process, I redesigned the core engine to be more expandable and scalable going forward. As a result, we have a substantially better version now. Far more stable. I think you'll like it. But it's an almost complete rewrite, so we bumped the version number. However, I also feel like my existing users didn't get the experience I wanted in 3.0, so I'm again extending the free upgrade path for all 3.x users. So if you have 3.x, just re-enter your serial number, and it should work just fine. And the same goes for MUPromo users, even though I think earlier I said it would be a paid upgrade. No charge. That said, it creates a new database file for 4.0, so your existing 2.0 and 3.0 versions will continue to operate properly. Sometime in the future I'll add a feature to use existing databases, but that's not in this version. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 4.0
Djefis
27 March 2009
This is a Fantastic piece of Software! Mau.
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Version 3.0.2
Robotank
15 December 2008
I was way too nice about this app last time I posted here. It was sold as a MacUpdate promo in September. It's now December 14th and the app is still too unstable to use. It has been nearly 4 months since the sale, 2 months since I made my original post here about instability issues, and over 1 month since the dev responded to that; yet, there still hasn't been even a minor bug-fix release. In addition, I emailed the dev about a serious bug shortly after I bought this app and NEVER received a response. The developer talks like he cares but DOES NOTHING. As to the app itself, sure it has some nice features, but what good are they when half of them don't work? The dev has rightly stated that Conjure's demo gives plenty of time evaluate it before buying. The MacUpdate promo, however, does not, if you want to take advantage of its special pricing. MacUpdate should be responsible enough not to promote and sell apps that run like they're stuck in a permanent alpha stage. AVOID this application: so far, the dev has shown NO willingness to try to solve ANY of its numerous problems. Also, beware the MacUpdate promo: if they're willing to sell this crap, who knows what else may pop up (though MOST MacUpdate promos sell good quality software).
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Version 3.0.2
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
06 August 2009
I believe I replied to every email I received after the MUPromo within 24 hours, most within a few hours. I have the unlimited, free, absolutely feature complete version on there for just this reason. You can try it out, and decide before you buy it, if it's something you like. Registering it won't magically solve any of the bugs. That said, Conjure 4, a complete rewrite to add 64 bit compatibility in Leopard and Snow Leopard, will be shipping later today (Thursday). So please try that one out, and see if it fixes it.
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Version 3.0.2
Robotank
04 October 2008
I bought this app when it was on promo because I really like some of its ideas. After using it for a few days, however, I came across numerous bugs that seriously detract from its usefulness. For example, my clusters come apart at random when I try to open them, properties of desktop items mysteriously change or don't save properly, text notes on the desktop suddenly get cut off half way down, and half the time clicking on items in the clothesline view doesn't work. Having said that, I think this application has a lot of potential if some of these debilitating bugs are dealt with in good time. Also, the description of Conjure as "unlimited virtual desktops" is somewhat misleading. Conjure doesn't create workspaces that can have specific windows associated with them (like Spaces); it's an application, not a true desktop. It would be nice if these MacUpdate promos lasted longer to allow for time to really try an app out before dropping money on it.
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Version 3.0.2
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
02 November 2008
Hi, The demo version of Conjure never runs out, and never disables any features, or in any way harms or alters any information on your computer. It is an absolute representation of the full version, with the exception of the Demo Mode branding in a few places, and the limit of 3 pages per user. So if you want to know how well it works, just download it and use it--indefinitely. I only want people to buy this once they're comfortable with it. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with it, but I can't think of any more liberal demo mode than what it already is. It's the entire program, for free, forever. The only restrictions are on creating more than 3 desktops, which is 2 more than is possible anywhere else. As for this being in any way misleading, I think it depends on your definition of a desktop. To me, I see the desktop as that area on the screen behind the hard drive icon--the one that made the Macintosh a major departure from competing products in the 80's. I further define it as the 'drawing board' where you start your work from. As far as I know, Conjure is the *only* desktop switching application on the market, on any platform. What you're referring to are more accurately defined as workspace or window switchers, as none of them affect the desktop, only the windows. That's not really 'desktop' switching at all, and I'm really surprised they use that term to explain it. The issues you've referred to will be dealt with in the next update, which will be soon. For you (and all of my 3.x users), it will be a free update. As always, if there are any specific bugs you're running into , please email me ( chilton@me.com ) and I'll make sure they get fixed. Thanks, -Chilton
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Version 3.0.2
Robotank
Robotank
02 November 2008
Chilton: Thank you for replying to my post. I'll try to clarify a couple things here. I certainly have no problem with the capabilities of the demo mode of Conjure. What I was concerned with was the length of the MacUpdate promo. While Conjure's demo provides lots of time to try the app before buying, MacUpdate's promo provides very little, if one wants to purchase the it at the promotional price. I understand your point about desktops vs. workspaces, and I suppose you're right. However, since the two terms are often used synonymously, there's defintitely room for confusion in Conjure's description. As to the bugs, I look forward to the next update, and I'm optimistic that it will stabilize Conjure enough for regular use. I did email you once with a bug report, but I received no reply. This was at the time of the promo, so I understand that you may have been inundated with emails. If I encounter further problems that are worth reporting, I will email you directly. Thank you again for your response.
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Version 3.0.2
Jeffisme
11 September 2008
This is a marvelous program. I love being able to type or write on the screen, and the developer is one of the most responsive I've ever dealt with.
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Version 3.0.1
sjk
25 August 2008
Chilton: Please see my reply to your previous comment. Potential customers might appreciate and deserve a more obvious and direct way to contact you.
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Version 3.0.1
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
11 September 2008
Hi, I fixed it, and there's an email address on the site now. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 3.0.1
sjk
sjk
11 September 2008
It's Version 3.0.1 now but Intel-only so I can't run it on a PPC system.
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Version 3.0.1
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
11 September 2008
Hi, I'm sorry, that's an oversight on my part. I'll update it in about an hour. -Chilton
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Version 3.0.1
Chilton-Webb
25 August 2008
Hi, Conjure is not a brainstorming tool, and in no way is designed to compete with products like the ones you've mentioned. I have been working on a more rigid, tool based product that does resemble both of those, but it shares very little with Conjure. If you need a database, buy one of those. If you need a graphing program, buy one of those. Conjure isn't going to fill that need for you, and never will. The 3.0 represents a year of work, hundreds of user interaction tests, and a lot of research into human-machine interaction. It's as 3.0 as it gets. If you think Conjure is like Curio or OmniGraffle, Conjure probably isn't for you. -Chilton
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Version 3.0.1
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sjk
sjk
25 August 2008
Hi Chilton, There's no contact info on your single-page web site (why not?) so I'll post here. I just downloaded Conjure 3.0.1 on a Tiger system (prior to copying to a Leopard system) and when it's unzipped there it has a generic icon and Get Info in Finder claims it's Version 2.4. I'm holding off installation, awaiting your feedback if you see this.
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Version 3.0.1
nostrodumbass
24 January 2008
Conjure 2.1 crashes instantly when I attempt to launch it. I'd send the developer my Conjure 2.1 crash log except there's no contact info to be found on his website. OS 10.4.9
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Version 2.1
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nostrodumbass
nostrodumbass
24 January 2008
Ok, here's what my crash log says: OS Version: 10.4.9 (Build 8P135) Report Version: 4 Command: Conjure Path: /Users/xxxxxx/Desktop/Conjure.app/Contents/MacOS/Conjure Parent: WindowServer [6661] Version: 2.1 (0) PID: 21594 Thread: Unknown Link (dyld) error: Symbol not found: _IMAVManagerStateChangedNotification Referenced from: /Users/xxxxxxx/Desktop/Conjure.app/Contents/MacOS/Conjure Expected in: /System/Library/Frameworks/InstantMessage.framework/Versions/A/InstantMessage
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Version 2.1
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
25 January 2008
Hi, The website is getting an overhaul, but will remain at my Dot Mac site. Chilton@mac.com Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 2.1
Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
25 January 2008
Fixed, there was a bug in the iChat Theater support where it was not weak linking for Tiger compatibility. It's a known bug, so I've put a workaround for it in there. Thanks! -Chilton
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Version 2.1
John-Webb
John-Webb
26 August 2008
This is a wonderful program for those unorganized people like me. In my Social Security business it is a great way to keep SS laws and regulations at one place, while clustering in biographical information, health records, notes to myself, a list of things I need to do, and things I have already done, including the dates I did them. I also keep photos of my clients as evidence to a person's disability. The photo program is the friendliest and easiest to use I have found. Just drag and drop, and resize in the easiest manner possible. The original remains wherever it was, but the Conjured photo can be modified however needed. In my sculpture business I maintain a library of ideas and pictures of sculptures I have seen or photographed. Again the tiniest photo can be resized to full size or larger. Amazing simplicity. I have been using an older version of Conjure. The Conjure 3 program seems even better.
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Version 3.0.1
8oo8
14 September 2007
The new Conjure icon is spot on! It's warm, inviting and quite in keeping with the app's name (i.e. conjuring a rabbit). Lovely! And the revised screenshot is very pleasant....far better than the original one. These changes speak well of the developer; it demonstrates that he takes user/prospective users' input to heart and is most amenable to implementing changes based on them. I'd say that this developer has a very promising future. The app itself is unique and is enjoyable to use, although it needs a bit of fine tuning. While I do think that it's priced too high, if the developer finds that he's getting the number of license purchases that are agreeable to him, then so be it. But if not, he might want to consider adjusting the price accordingly.
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Version 1.2
Shock-J
08 September 2007
This looks to be "software" emulation of Microsoft's new "Surface" technology. Of course, Conjure completely pales in comparison. Surface is a multitouch touchscreen tabletop computer. It's incredible, and yes, I can't believe it's from Microsoft either. http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4217348.html http://www.microsoft.com/surface/
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Version 1.1
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
08 September 2007
Hi, While I am thrilled people are comparing my app to Surface, there are at least six major differences: 1) If you put a drink on Conjure, you will screw up your computer. 2) This was originally called the 'Internet Scratchpad', and was part of the WebbToys shareware bundle in 1997. It was not inspired by Surface. 3) Mine only runs on a Mac, and uses Cocoa and QuickTime for a lot of the visual effects. 4) I was inspired to put rotating graphics on it after a demo Mark Lucas did for PictureData rotation in SuperCard, in 2004. I linked it to the touchpad of a Mac when I bought my first PowerBook that supported dual finger scrolling, and the scrollwheel of the MightyMouse when I finally bought one of those. I wanted to see if I could come up with a 'touch-like' way to interact with graphics. 5) Mine doesn't synch with your cell phone automatically. Yet. 6) Conjure costs $35. Surface costs around $10,000. ...though I'm perfectly happy to throw in a computer and a table if you want to part with $10,000 ;-) -Chilton (Conjure's developer)
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Version 1.1
Aljuk
Aljuk
04 October 2007
Surface??? Pardon me while I have a good laugh at that... I guess I prefer the ergonomics of a proper computer - if I want to sit around a big-ass table covered in smudgy fingerprints and give myself shoulder tension I'll time-travel back to the 70's for a game of Space Invaders.
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Version 1.4
zo219
05 September 2007
No, it's the ICON that's *creepy* ... this is an intriguing piece of software. But I'm not sure what I'd use it for, in the long run. Does need clearer, faster access to one's real desktop and running programs.
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Version 1.0.1
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Chilton-Webb
Chilton-Webb
14 September 2007
Hi. Fixed that icon for ya ;-)
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Version 1.2
zo219
zo219
14 September 2007
And a very nice icon it is.
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Version 1.2
zo219
zo219
14 September 2007
Now how about that price. $25 would still be a bit high, but $35 means no sale, here.
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Version 1.2
Umijin
04 September 2007
This is a *very* interesting app. Here you have a virtual pasteboard on your desktop that you can add text or links to any app or folder, graphics or even movies (or screen shots from your iSight). It's kind of like a 'roll your own' desktop and launcher. Neat! Maybe a good app for kids learning a computer or even just a way to keep track of various things during your time on the computer. The app is still a bit rough around the edges, and people trying this out should keep this in mind. I would also think that the price might be a bit steep for now. If Conjure could be set to your desktop background - or even pop up as a screen saver - that would add some functionality. I also wondered whether this interface would be great on a mobile phone or even a PDA (or the new OSX iPods?). I would encourage anyone interested to give this app a try and email the developer with your feedback. He is very responsive to questions and suggestions. And I'll gladly give a numerical review later when the product is more polished.
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Version 1.0.1
8oo8
03 September 2007
Actually, this is a unique and novel idea.....something that creative folks might find quite useful. If you find that organizational structure is just too inhibiting and confining to your creative flow, this just might fit the bill. I, for one, like it! But, $35 is just too high; I predict that there'll be few takers at that price. I'd pay, say, maybe $20 for it but definiteley not $35. Hmmm, now Conjure would be a really good choice for a MU Promo......it would certainly generate more interest in this nifty "not for everyone" confection. Oh, and the Conjure icon is, I'd say, rather grotesque and uninviting.....it has a somewhat ominous, threatening quality to it. Something warmer and friendlier would be far more appropriate, I think. And the screenshot brings to mind, at least to me, a Ouija board, which for many is a rather discomforting turn-off.
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Version 1.0
Joellevin
03 September 2007
screenshot was enough to scare me away.
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Version 1.0
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Adinb
Adinb
03 September 2007
ditto.
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Version 1.0
nymphe
nymphe
03 September 2007
:)) icon too.
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Version 1.0
macupdate-290
macupdate-290
03 September 2007
ha ha... gotta agree... Quicksilver anyone? ;)
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Version 1.0
Umijin
Umijin
04 September 2007
Give the app a try rather than rag on it. You might be surprised.
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Version 1.0.1
gcoghill
gcoghill
04 September 2007
Now I am curious to see the old screen shot image…
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Version 1.0.1