Version 4.9 Progress Report

As of Thurs July 3, we have successfully built version 4.9 on all Mac platforms (OS9, PPC, Intel).  There have been enough major code changes that it may take a few more days before the Windows version builds properly.

Some technical details: over the past month we have been moving gradually to newer versions of Xcode (the program that converts our C++ code to a working application) and the Mac SDK (base code libraries that make things run on Macs).

Version 4.81 was built with Xcode 2.0 and SDK 10.3, but one part of that code breaks with Mavericks, and probably more things will break with the next Mac OS release this Fall.  We’re now up to Xcode 3.2 and SDK 10.6, which probably will be enough to run in the next couple of OS updates.  Along the way, we’ve had to remove or rewrite a lot of older code that is no longer supported.  Most is in other people’s code, so it can be challenging!

Welcome to the Turtlesoft blog

We will be using this blog to keep users posted on news from Turtle Creek Software.  Most likely we’ll be tweaking it as we go.

Current news: we are almost done with the version 4.9 update.  If everything goes perfectly, we will release it in 7 to 10 days.  Most likely there will be snags, and it could easily take longer.

We are mapping out plans for work on our “next generation” of software, and will talk more about that after 4.9 is released.

Dennis Kolva
Programming Director