Ham Radio Digital Modes For Mac
If your have the little security lock locked at the bottom, click to unlock, enter your mac password. Once unlocked make sure you have the “Set date and time automatically” checked. Good, now your mac’s clock will always be extremely accurate. Download, purchase. My name is Sergey, I was born in the 1963 year and live in Moscow, Russia., radio amateur licensed since 1996, favorite mode Opera,PACTOR, RTTY, WSPR, JT65, FSK441. Stations equipment: ALE/Clover/Digital Barrett-950/923, HF-UHF/VHF: SAT TS2000X. Some digital modes used in ham radio Digital modes are becoming more and more popular on the amateur bands. This is mainly due to the following reason: Affordable home. Other Digital modes. CW is arguably the original digital mode. Other popular modes found on HF that Fldigi can decode include RTTY and PSK31. You should be able to find these signal on 3545-3590 KHz and 7045-7090 KHz as well as elsewhere on HF. Here is one site that provides samples of various digital modes and where they can be found. Note you may have to find other digital mode decoding software.
MW2Log is a AddOn for MixW2 software. The tool is used for simple data input in case of 'sent QSL' and/or 'rcvd QSL'. MW2Log save this information in the original logfile of MixW2. Handling all logfiles created by MixW2 is possible. HB9CIC Josef / author MW2Log - Worldradio is now offering the new '31 on 31 Award' to our readers.
How do you earn this new, highly coveted and prestigious award? Question on ssl cert renewal for mac. Work 31 countries on PSK31! See Departments, then awards. Includes HamScope - From K1VY - From WM2U - From Neil Rosenberg (N1DMA) - Soft and Hard for PSK31 - PSKGNR V1.34 - Excellent PSK Article From the ARRL (Need ARRL Membership to Read) - From the ARRL - Via Hansi Reiser, DL9RDZ - From The DXSoft Group From Jay, N3DQU (Front end for PSKSBW Ver 1.06) PSK Mail List - email@example.com ( its free!! ) - The RIGblaster connects your radio to your computer's sound card.
It is the easy and modern way to get on the air with PSK31, SSTV, RTTY, AMTOR, PACKET, CW, Contest Voice Keying, HSCW meteor scatter, and other new modes. Your computer and a RIGblaster take the place of the older expensive adapters or TNC's. Full featured PSK31 software, yet easy to learn, setup and use!
- Written by KF8OY - Demodulation of PSK31, RTTY, RFSpace SDR-IQ, and CW 'digital' modes. Free processing.
For Amateur Radio - From DL9QJ - Via W5BBR By WM2U - Covers many rig models with pin outouts (RTTY for Kam and PK 232) Simultaneously decode and display PSK transmissions on three separate frequencies. DSP Equalizer From KF8OY - Advanced DSP - Most modern adaptive multichannel and multirate digital signal processing in the market DX AND CONTEST PROGRAMS - Award Winning FTP client. A dozen to choose from including MAC GRID SQUARES - an Azimuthal-Equidistance Map Generator From AA6Z - Track the NCDXF Beacons and Sets your PC Clock to world standards - From VE3NEA - FreeWare.
Find heading, country, distance, zone info from callsign prefix - Includes Maps, Greyline and More. An absolute MUST SEE For Calculating Great Circle Heading and Distance Information - Desk Top program for Time in the All DXCC Prefixes - A Real Winner and its Free!!
- Another beauty - Shows Time, UTC and by prefix. Also displays the distance and heading from your location to the selected prefix next to the time. A program to make Great Circle Maps - Via SM3GS - A beauty - World Maps, Grey Line - much more By Joe Ahlgren - From Alex Shovkoplyas, ex UR5EMI (now in VE3) - By Dmitry Nefedov - Graphic viewer for shortwave radio broadcasting schedules. Displays data in a tree-like expanding table, on a 24-hour Gantt chart, and on a world map with greyline and frequency coloring.
Developed in Java and runs with multiple operating systems including Windows and Linux. Can be installed with a single click on a web page link via Java Web Start.GCGC by Ron McConnell W2IOL. For any point on the earth. Windows Great Circle Mapping Program From James L. Tonne - From the ARRL Web - on-line grid-square calculator Grid-square calculator program for your computer By hand, as explained in the QST Lab Notes PDF file - Find Grid Squares By Long/Lat or find Long/Lat from Grid Squares - From AMSAT - By Joe NA3T and Michael NV3Z - By KL7J, Great Circle Map, Geoclock w/Greyline, SSTV, RTTY and UTC Time From HAB Software, Hamburg, Germany. General Linux page From Linux OnLine From QRZ.com for The Ham Community From HamSoft Includes Morse programs - FromV01PWF Loren - Logger, Dipole and Inverted Vee Calculator, Morse Tutor, More - From K7QO's Home Page By Mike K6EEP - a non-profit organization and Linux user group (LUG) that is dedicated to promoting, fostering, and educating the community about the Linux operating system - By Dmitry Nefedov - Graphic viewer for shortwave radio broadcasting schedules.
Displays data in a tree-like expanding table, on a 24-hour Gantt chart, and on a world map with greyline and frequency coloring. Developed in Java and runs with multiple operating systems including Windows and Linux. Can be installed with a single click on a web page link via Java Web Start. Subscription Info Macnet is the WWW group of Ham Radio Operators that use Mac computers to extend their communications capabilities. To join Macnet, send YOUR STATS to firstname.lastname@example.org o Amateur Radio CALL SIGN o FULL NAME o Street ADDRESS o CITY, STATE, ZIP o EMAIL ADDRESS - Ham radio logging for the Mac OS X - Loaded compiled by John Seney, WD1V - Check here first for Mac Software. MacOS X, XR11 and Java Applet Software for the Amateur Radio Operator - From NI5V - From The QRZ Folks -Logbook Package for the Mac by Mike K6EEP - For The Mac - Elmer creates sample tests to help you prepare for your ham radio written examination -Displays a map of the Earth, showing day, night, and Terminator.
From QRZ.com - Blackcat Software - Science and Radio related software. From Black Cat Systems - decode and transmit morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, PACKET, ACARS, PSK31, ALE, and many other modes on your Macintosh, without any extra hardware! - MacDoppler - Operations & Command Centre for every satellite in orbit. Macintosh users and the EchoMac software at or - From W6/PA0ZN - From W7GJ - Via HB9SKA & APRS - From CAVE - Extensive program - From Jens, DH2BAU - KaGOLD for Kantronics, PkGOLD for AEA TNCs - For Packet Radio - Also PicturePacket 1.21, packet radio Freeware, SA Watch 3.2 for GPS users. An easy to use Windows program to receive weatherfax im very high resolution. An easy to use Windows program combining all features of Mscan Meteo Fax and Text and more!
From QRZ.com - By KC2RLM - Full-featured Windows 3.x/Windows95 interface to use with your TNC. PALM PILOT SOFTWARE Freeware files by Joe Lauben. See Ham Radio Reference - Satellite Tracking Software From Emm Graphics - morse code and ham radio frequencies - From PalmGear.com - A log program for Amateur Radio (and keyer) for PocketPC PDAs (like the iPAQ, Jordana and Cassiopea). general purpose ham radio logging program for Palm OS devices From N5CG - The use of PDAs are becoming so very popular (I use my PalmPilot Vllx to find and work the LEO satellites when operating portable to show a friend(s). There is no need for me to even take my Dell laptop along, only my dual band TH-7 handheld Kenwood, my handheld Palm Pilot loaded with the shareware program 'PocketSat' and my small (3 feet long) handheld Arrow II satellite antenna (crossed Yagi with 3 elements on 2-meters and 7 elements on 70 cm. This is a complete satellite station that I can carry, in one hand. From KA6K Travel'n Tom - I'm currently using the Visor from Handspring with the Palm/OS and I've found the PDA to be a great operating aid for the traveling ham.
I particularly like the 'Ham Frequency Reference' from TealPoint.com. This one does require TealInfo a shareware product from TealPoint. It's great for quick frequency reference when your mobile or on field day. Another favorite is 'HF Radio Logger'. This one is handy when you what to make a quick note of a contact for future reference. Finally, 'Call Sign Prefix' from N9LJX@aol.com provides a worldwide prefix reference you can easily update and access anywhere.
Call sign prefix is a freeware product and will run with any Palm/OS doc reader. L/C Meter II, kits and software From QRZ.com From QRZ.com - Track member checkins - Hundreds of Sites for the Commodores Version 1.0.0 - Written by KF8OY - Audio restoration and recording software plus a free radio recording program - For electronics builders -Compilers to Code Examples to Components Distributors. Side by side system comparison for ERP calculation. From Paul VE3SY - This is a self extracting (from DOS and Windows) package and is free ware - By VE3ERP Via Walter Banzhaf - From RF/Spread Spectrum - ADIF Lookup, Compilers and More - Via John Agrelius, K7HG - Antenna Maker, Miniprop, Super Morse, ClusterMaster, DX Monitor, Field Day Logger, Rxclus, Satellites, DX PacketCluster WebNet, Windows 95 SSTV, More From QRZ.com From QRZ.com - Logging System for PocketPC (Windows CE) PDAs - From N0HR - IBM HAM Radio, Education, Games, Business, Finance, Cooking, Hobby, Genealogy and Other CD-Roms, Software and Shareware Programs.
This software is intended to replace the hardware logic of repeaters. With SIMPLEX, repeaters may be quickly implemented with a few connections between the computer sound card and the audio receiver output and microphone transmitter input.It handles simplex repeater, duplex repeater, transponder and mixed mode. It supports classical 1750 Hz tone detection or CCTSS detection to open.
It plays any audio service message (beacon, welcome, goodbye, transmit, timerout messages).It repeats communications either on audio detection (vox mode) or carrier detection (if a squelch signal is available). It detects DTMF codes for remote control.It works also as a simple parrot or voice recorder. It runs under Win95/98/NT/2000/XP. RIVAT F6DQM From QRZ.com. Type in 'Amateur Radio' in the SEARCH box From QRZ.com - XDFilt Windows application program for filtering and removing noise from audio signals. The audio source can be saved.wav files, external live input as from a radio receiver, or external prerecorded material as from audio tapes, phonograph records, etc. Links and Software, for swl and ham radio operators - From DX Zone - a suite of Windows programs providing CAT control for commonly used transceivers and receivers.
HRD also includes mapping and PSK31 software. Available for many transceivers, e.g. All ICOM- Transceiver CI-V Interface (e.g. IC-756, IC-7400, IC-746), Kenwood TS-850, TS-450 etc., Yaesu FT-817, FT-857, FT-897, FT-100 etc. For many Handhelds (e.g. TH-F7, IC-Q7, VX-1, VX-2, VX-5, VX-7) and Receivers (e.g. FRG-9600 VR-120) the appropriate interface is available as well.
AR5000 AR8000 AR8200 - Control for a variety of SWL Receivers control panels, for Ten Tec Pegasus and Ten Tec Jupiter transceivers and Ten Tec RX-320 and RX-350 receivers. From CallSign Software, KD0ZV.
From N3CXV - allow you to control your IC756PROII, IC706MKIIG, or R9000 Receiver. Can be controlled by computer directly connected to the radio equipment via the CI-V interface, or via a local LAN or via the Internet. From Russ Cheatham KU4YJ - Yaesu FT-736R, and Yaesu FT-847, soon for the ICOM IC-746, ICOM IC-756, and Yaesu FT-920. R ead and change the memory channels of a 'Kenwood' amateur radio. Communicate with and control an Icom radio with a McIntosh From QRZ.com transforms any transceiver into a parrot or an audio simplex repeater or an audio duplex repeater or an audio transponder (two transceivers needed for that last use!). It requires Win95, a SoundBlaster sound card and at least 16 Mb RAM. The program is able to command two transmitters ON AIR by using the DTR and RTS signals of a single COM port.
Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood and TenTec Radios YAESU RADIOS - 200 memories Shortwave Radio Control Software Version 1.0 Released - From KE7ATE - From Bob G4HFQ - From Bob G4HFQ - From Bob G4HFQ - From Bob G4HFQ - a radio control/scanner program for the Yaesu FT-920 From KH2D - Yaesu FT-736R, and Yaesu FT-847, soon for the ICOM IC-746, ICOM IC-756, and Yaesu FT-920. RECORDER SOFTWARE (using Hamcom Modem) - An easy to use Windows program to receive NAVTEX and RTTY.
Numerous filter settings allow for selection of only those message you wish to monitor. Free RTTY software using sound card - RTTY,CW, Fax & SSTV From The DXsoft Group - Tons Of Amateur Satellite Programs - ARRL Index - Satellite Tracking Software - Northern Lights Software From QRZ.com (free satellite tracker) - a cool satellite tracking program and is FREE TEST EQUIPMENT - Audio Signal Generator for Radio Communications. Utilizes your computer's built-in sound card to create all types of complex signals used in LMR, commercial & amateur two-way radio systems. From Roger Macdonald, KF8OY (DSP Analysis Technology) SSTV High Definition Slow Scan TV - SSTV program for Windows 95/98 offers sound card support - free SSTV software using sound card From QRZ.com. Turns your computer into a CQing-machine - From OE8YDQ and OE8CIQ for Windows. Record multiple messages in multiple groups. WEATHER FAX AND FAX PROGRAMS CAN'T FIND IT?
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Digital Modes Software Review To Join in the Fun - Pick the Best Software to meet your needs! There are a number of software applications available that will run on Windows, Mac OSX and various forms of Linux. So no matter what operating system you run on your computer, there will be a digital mode application available for your operating needs. The most prevalent operating system in use by hams is Microsoft Windows. I know there are plenty of hams using OSX and Linux, but it seems a majority of hams use Windows.
However, since I use Windows, Mac OSX and Linux in my shack, I have experience with many of these operating systems and applications and still use them all, at varying times, depending on the mode I am using. I like some applications better than others depending on the mode and whether or not I am working a contest. So I will try to cover this subject as objectively as possible. There is no single best application for everyone.
Some are better than others. Some are better at various modes than another.
This information is meant to help you choose the best program for the modes you want to operate, or at least narrow down the applications you want to test and therefore need to learn how to use. Windows Based Applications Ham Radio Deluxe/DM-780Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD)/DM-780 is quite a bit more than just a digital mode application. In fact, the HRD Suite is made up of several independent modules or applications. The module known as DM-780 is the digital mode application that is part of the HRD Suite. While each module can run without the others, they all integrate together. So the base HRD module controls the radio; DM-780 is the digital multi-mode application, HRD Logbook obviously does logging and has a built in DX-Cluster; there is also a satellite tracking module that can control your antenna rotator to follow the movement of the satellites. A user can start DM-780 and use it stand-alone.
Or, they can start the HRD base application itself which will control the radio (via an interface or directly with a cable depending on the radio). If HRD, DM-780 and Logbook are running at the same time, they are all integrated and working together. You can then make contacts on any digital mode, log them with the click of a button and the log will automatically be populated with the time, call, mode, report, name and frequency.
I am concentrating mostly on the digital capabilities of the programs, but there is one item related to digital modes that I need to mention. That is the HRD Logbook. The feature that I use most is the LoTW upload. I can easily and quickly upload QSOs to LoTW directly from HRD Logbook.
This makes award chasing so much easier. So let's talk about the DM-780 digital mode application within HRD.
DM-780 provides support for most of the popular digital modes. It supports the following digital modes and their respective variations: RTTY, PSK, Contestia, CW DominoEX, Hellschreiber, MFSK, MT63, Olivia, Thor, Throb and even SSTV. It does an excellent job with all these modes including CW. CW as you may be aware is in fact a digital mode, and the first digital mode.
Obviously it does better at decoding machine generated CW, but as long as the other op is not sending with his/her left foot, it will do a very credible job with hand generated CW. I would like to see packet added to the list of supported modes. I have used DM-780 for CW contesting and it preforms very well during contests. The nice thing about DM-780 when it comes to CW, is the program with appropriate interface, can key your transmitter via the CW key jack. Some programs like FL-Digi can only send modulated CW which is a real drawback in my mind. DM-780 is laid out very well, though the receive and transmit screen is compressed a little bit from the left side.
But still very easy to read. It also offers a Supersweeper function which allows you to monitor and decode multiple transmissions at one time. Great for the op looking for particular stations or stations calling CQ.
Logging is available on the same screen as well as basic radio control (if using HRD Base application). It also has the ability to create all sorts of macros which are a must with any digital mode program.
The logbook function will also interface to many callbook databases that you can install on your computer and it will also interface to on-line callbooks like QRZ.com. When all said and done, I tend to use DM-780 now more than another other digital multi-mode program. You can purchase the license and support from. Of course, they do offer the software on a trial basis. There isn't a more full featured, fully-supported, complete, integrated software application out there like Ham Radio Deluxe/DM-780.
It is well worth the license/support fee. Also, and this is important. The license key is tied to your call.
So you can move it from one computer to another without having to get another license key. Software such as AGWPE Pro, N4PY, etc. That generate a code based on the system it is installed on.
You then send that code to the software author, who then send a key based on the machine dependent code. I will just not buy ham radio applications that use that scheme. Every new install or machine change or additional machine requires contacting the author for a new code. Remember this: authors pass away and stop supporting software.
How do you get a key when the author is no more? HRD did it right. I do recommended HRD/DM-780 MixWI used MixW for many years and still do, but mainly for contests now.
It does interface to the radio so you can pull in the frequency/mode for logging purposes and it has a very nice basic logging program. It has a DX Cluster client built-in just like HRD. At one time MixW was one of the most widely used digital mode software applications. It is very stable and supports a number of modes and their variations including: PSK, RTTY, Packet, Pactor (FEC Only), Amtor (FEC Only), MFSK, Throb, MT63, Hellschreiber, FAX and SSTV. Other modes can be added by downloading a DLL file for that mode. It also supports user created macros, and probably has the most extensive macro capability compared to any of the other digital programs.
To my knowledge, not may hams are using Pactor and Amtor in FEC mode. But the addition of Packet with MixW is very nice as some people still do packet on HF. MixW will even run at higher speeds for VHF/UHF operation which is nice. The authors website says that they are developing a new version of MixW that will run on Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux which would be great. But that was two years ago and I have seen nothing out there, so I am a bit skeptical that we're ever going to see something like that which would be very exciting. My opinion is that when the folks behind the MixW software started developing and selling the RigExpert line of digital mode interface product and some antenna analyzers, MixW seemed to go to the back burner. It's a shame because this was once a great program.
It still is, but just has not kept up with the developments like some of the other programs. Still recommended, but I'd like the developers to start paying attention to additional development and enhancements. If they ever release a version for all operating systems, this could shoot to the forefront once again. MixW allows you to try the program for free for a reasonable period, after which you need to pay for a license to use the program. Very reasonable and updates have been free within the same version (2.0, 3.0). MultiPSKThis is probably one of the more interesting programs out there. It is both hated and loved by many users.
The user interface is probably the ugliest out there. I have a ham friend who is a programmer and he despises MultiPSK and says it is the worst design in a user interface that he has ever seen.
That being said, it is much better than it was when it was first introduced. In other words, if you think it is bad now, you should have seen it way back when.
Originally it was a cluttered mix of poorly chosen colored buttons that were poorly arranged. Now it looks better, but still very cluttered. I admit it is hard to work with when you first start using it. It could have been designed better, but part of what contributed to the clutter on the screen is that MultiPSK supports about every mode known to the digital ham!
It is even a great tool for the hobby listener since it supports decoding many commercial digital modes. It has a logging program built-in, but it has a horrible user interface on the logging page. The good news is that you can export the contacts into an ADIF file to import into a more robust and user friendly logging program. It can also interface to most radios through use of an external program.
So in my opinion, it is a good program for general digital communication, but not something I would ever use for contesting. The good news about MultiPSK are the number of modes it supports. No one else comes close. It supports the following modes including numerous variations: PSK, MT63, CHIP, DigiSSTV, CW, CCW, QRSS, Packet and APRS, Amtor (FEC), Navtex, ASCII, RTTY, Lentus, Pactor (FEC), DominoF, DominoEX, Throb, ThrobX, MFSK, PAX/PAX2, JT-65, Olivia, Hellschreiber, ALE, ALE400, FAX, SSTV, Sitor, GMDSS, 1382, ACARS, DGPS, Synop, SELCAL, Amtor ARQ. You name it, if it is a digital mode, I think MultiPSK supports it. So from that standpoint, MultiPSK makes it fun to be able to explore different modes and how they work. And you can occasionally listen to commercial services.
I enjoyed using the ACARS decoding capability to capture the airplane positions on the maps built into MultiPSK. But if you are trying out digital modes for the first time, get your feet wet with another program like MixW first, before trying to tackle MultiPSK. Just my humble opinion. You can find MultiPSK at and there are two options for the ham, one free and one paid.
Like most other programs, the fee is very reasonable. FLDigiFLDigi and its companion messaging program FLARQ is an excellent application. Like many other programs it has the ability to interface to most radio and offers basic control of the radio as well as grabbing the frequency and mode for the log. The interface is nice and clean and easy to use. The only issues I ever had with FLDigi was that I found it difficult to set-up the radio control interface. There are two methods you can use to do this.
Now just to be clear we're not talking about interfacing to the radio with the PTT and audio lines for using digital modes. I am only talking about the radio control to grab the frequency and tune the radio, change mode (LSB, USB, CW, etc.). There are two methods that you can use to interface to your radio. You can use RigCAT or HamLib.
HamLIb is usually used with Linux systems while RigCat can be used with any of the operating systems. Neither is well supported in my opinion. Sometimes I just could not get either method to work with some of my radios. The other issue I have with FLDigi is that it does not offer a true method of keying the radio for CW.
It only offers modulated CW, so it truly turns CW into a 'sound card' digital mode. That alone kept me from seriously using FLDigi. But if you do not care about CW and can tolerate the possibility of having to take some time to get the radio control interface set-up, then this is a very good program and it is free which is all important to many hams. The digital modes and the variations that FLDigi supports include CW (modulated), Contesia, DominoEX, Hellschreiber, MFSK, MT63, Olivia, PSK, RTTY, Thor, Throb, WEFAX (reception only of course). So it is very complete with many modes. FLDigi also has a nice ability to create macros for general chat and contesting.
It will also interface to QRZ.com to grab the operator information once you enter the call into the logbook. Another nice feature that FLDigi has in a module or integrated application that installs with FLDigi known as FLARQ. FLARQ is a messaging program that sends and receives error free messages. This is very handy for emergency message handling. Unlike most all digital sound card modes that are only Forward Error Correcting (FEC), FLARQ is error free in that it use ARQ (ARQ stands for Automatic Repeat Request) meaning that if the receiving station found an error in the transmission, it automatically sends a request to the transmitting station asking it torepeat part of the transmission and to do so until the receiving station get it accurately.
Really a nice feature. I have used it experimentally with other stations and it does work very well. So if you are into EMCOMM, this is something you really want to try. You can find more detail and links to download the FLDigi/FLARQ at Mac OSX Based Applications cocoaModemThis is a nice basic multimode digital program that will work with Apple Mac computers. It notes it only support OSX up to 10.7, but I am running it on the latest 10.8 version of OSX without issues.
It has a basic logging function built-in and a user can create macros. It is more limited in the digital modes that are supported.
These include the following and their variations: RTTY, PSK, MFSK, ASCII, DominoEX, Hellschreiber, CW, and reception only of FAX, Sitor, and Synchronous AM. While the modes are a bit more limited in number, never the less it is supporting the modes most commonly used. The program is free, but I would suggest donations to the author if you are using this as one of your main programs. For more information and to download a copy, visit Programs for Mac users are a bit more limited.
This is a nice program so if you are using a Mac, this is one to try. The other is FLDigi which runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux. Multiple Operating Systems Supported FLDigiFLDigi and the companion FLARQ (see review above) work on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux MixWMixW claims to be working on a version that supports Windows, Mac OSX and Linux but they have been making that claim for over two years and we still have not seen any multi-OS versions.
Check back here periodically for any update. Free versus Paid Software - or the argument for Software for a FeeMost hams are notoriously cheap. As a result, they will flock to using good software that is free. Why not use free software? Doesn't cost anything right? Let's take a look at Ham Radio Deluxe. The author originally created an application to control the FT-817 QRP radio from Yaesu.
Then he expanded the program to control other radios. Then DM-780 was created and Logbook came along as did satellite tracking. He asked only for donations and in the early years many people donated and he seemed to be happy. But as time went on, hams kept asking for more features and enhancements, but donations started to wane. In my opinion, as a result of the lack of continuing donations, his interest in HRD diminished and he moved onto other things. For a long period of time very little coding for enhancing the application or fixing bugs was being done to the HRD application. To the rescue came a consortium of hams who purchased the HRD application suite and all rights to the product from the original author.
So development and support are happening once again. In fact, the new owners just released version 6.0 in early 2013.
However, they have also instituted an annual support fee to help pay for the development. Moral of the story is that free software is a dinosaur in my opinion. If you want a great application to stay great and supported, you have to pay for it. The folks doing this coding work devote a tremendous amount of time to doing so.
They need to be compensated for their time so they also stay interested in keeping their applications alive and well. Let's put an end to free software and cheap hams. Pay and donate! Disclosure Statement I am not a programmer of any of the above applications. In fact, I am not a programmer at all. I do not know the first thing about programming (well I did do some Basic Language programming back in the day). I do not have any vested interest in any of the programs I have reviewed other than being a user.
I do not benefit or receive compensation for using, writing about, or reviewing these programs. In one case, the application was offered to me for free and I declined and paid the license fee like everyone else.
Honestly, not because of any review, but because I believe these people need to be paid for their time to keep them interested in maintaining and enhancing their applications. In any case, my reviews are objective without any monetary interest or motivation.