“Is MacRabbit dead”? A question I never expected to read, and one I will hopefully never see again. But it has been asked and needs an answer: “it’s alive”!
Few people know this, but MacRabbit was a one-student venture for a long time. It was born out of a love for beautiful design and software, and slowly grew from a hobby to something resembling a one-man company. For Espresso, a great friend stepped in to become the second developer/rabbit. The rush of creating an awesome new app made us announce early, but then life caught up with us and took revenge.
Lénaïc and I started our last year at university after the announcement, which turned out to come with a crazy workload while feedback for Espresso was reaching unprecedented volumes. Long story short, juggling this double life led to the current situation where people wonder if MacRabbit lives. This is unacceptable. I would like to apologize for the situation and commit to a brand new MacRabbit.
We will soon both be working on our software full-time, which means the extreme interference caused by our academic lives is at an end. MacRabbit 2.0 starts today, but it will take a while to rectify the mistakes 1.0 made. At the moment we are systematically going through our e-mail feedback and while we may not be able to reply to every single feature idea, please be sure we’re taking note of your requests.
Expect an Espresso maintenance update soon, which will bring us one step closer to the goal of making our FTP engine compatible with nearly everything. Be sure to send any server problems to us, as it is the only way we can know and do something about it. To make the development process a bit more manageable, we’ll also be switching back to hand-picked Kaboom testers that are happy to test unfinished releases. Simultaneously, we’re working on the more significant 1.X Espresso releases that will gradually add many of the most obvious features. We’ve also learned our lesson when it comes to pre-announcing, so we won’t be saying anything about what or when.
Last but not least we would like to thoroughly thank our most awesome users, who have been supportive even at the worst of times. We’ve made it hard for you at times, but we’re dedicated to restoring your trust as MacRabbit evolves into a true company with a bright future ahead of it.