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Future Path of MacNetTools - 10/22/06


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This note is intended to answer one question in the guestbook and to let anyone who still might use MNT know where things stand at present. An update is very much overdue after 3+ years but I certainly have not forgotten MNT. About 18 months ago I got hit by a triple whammy when my G4 bit the dust forcing me to switch to OS X full time on the G5 that replaced it. Then Apple announced the switch to Intel processors followed by Metrowerks decision to abandon CodeWarrior (or more properly not to provide support for Intel processors) which is the development system I have used for the past 10 years. I nearly threw up my hands in disgust and gave up on software development entirely. After getting very lazy for 18 months I decided to give it one more try and to try to learn XCode, Apple's own system which is used by most developers these days. It is nowhere nearly as intuitive as CodeWarrior and somewhat klunky to use but should serve the purpose once I manage to figure it out more fully. The problem still remains that Apple continues to reinvent the wheel faster than I can keep up but I am going to try to make the transition in the same stepwise manner that I have always taken. An old dog like me can only learn so many new tricks and it is simply not possible for one single developer to keep up with Apple's 10,000 member staff. But still I am going to try to get enough up to date to make MNT useful once again.

Several changes to MNT will become necessary due to the changes imposed by Apple and Metrowerks. First of all, MNT will no longer be able to support OS 9. This is unavoidable simply because XCode does not target OS 9 at all - it only supports development for OS X. Secondly, I will probably remove all PAR support for two reasons:

There are two other apps besides MNT that I have tried to maintain over the years, a text editor and an RPN calculator both of which I use heavily in addition to MNT. The text editor will get my first attention which should take about 4-6 months once I get rolling with XCode. Then I will return with another series of updates to MNT.

As I tell everyone, I am slower than a turtle in low gear but hopefully I will get there eventually and MNT will fly again.



This page last updated Oct 22, 2006