We just selected a programmer from Australia who will do the coding for Goldenseal Pro. Whoo hoo! As it turns out, waiting a few months was a good thing, since we were able to choose among several very qualified candidates.
For the Pro conversion we will use the QT framework, which will update both the Macintosh and Windows versions, at the same time. QT is a popular, open-source framework that should make it easier for us to stay current with future OS improvements. We probably will also use it for future mobile apps, since it supports both iOS and Android.
The best guess at arrival time is 2 to 3 months. The current upgrade options for existing users will be available until shortly before the release.
For some reason, our recent posting of the Goldenseal Pro project is getting tons of qualified programming contractors, and the price quotes are looking much better than what we received last September. So, we are very optimistic that work will start in earnest on Goldenseal Pro, probably in just a week or two.
Based on financial news and the Baltic Dry Index, it looks like there is a bit of a global economic slowdown going on right now. So, along with cheaper gasoline, it also seems to be providing much better availability of programmers.
We just re-posted the Goldenseal Pro programming work on a couple of websites for programming free-lancers. At least we are getting experienced at talking with people about it, and have more detailed specs to give.
Back when we were Turtle Creek Construction, we sometimes had to calculate estimates for the subcontractors doing work for us. We’d say “the computer says you can do it for $4250” and they’d say OK.
Maybe it’s time for us to take our years of job costing data for Turtlesoft, and make an estimator for programmers.