I’d have a new Caves for you today if I hadn’t spent my entire day making a theme for what is probably abandoned software.
It’s a real shame, good products becoming abandonware. Bowtie’s probably there already, but I emailed its developer for that final confirmation. God, I sure hope he sends back some good news. I’m afraid that the chances of that happening are slim though. (UPDATE: He emailed me back, and there’s a new update planned for the end of the summer. Hurray!) The program’s served me well over the years, but a recent iTunes update completely broke one of its functionalities. It’s not game-breaking, but still pretty annoying, especially when the theme you were going to make makes use of that functionality.
Honestly, I can see where developers come from when they abandon a piece of software. Especially the smaller groups, or single developers even. It’s tough work, maintaining a product, so that it’s always up to date with the latest and greatest, bugs are quickly solved, and users get some decent support. It’s a lot of work, and often when you feel like your product’s finished, there’s very little will left to continue working on tiny, annoying things.
From a user point-of-view though, it sucks donkey-balls. Especially if it hasn’t been made open source, so there’s no chance of tech-savvy users further tinkering with it either. And if there’s still a specific bug you’d like to see resolved, you’re out of luck.
Life’s tough being the end-user.