Friday, February 3, 2012

Chapter 2

With the free release of Favorites Inspector, the current chapter of Candlelight Software has come to an end it appears... not so.

I been developing as Candlelight Software since 1992 and a few things were released as shareware over the years, but there is a lot more to come.  "Chapter 2" has been in the works for a little while and I hope to announce something soon.

The last 20 years have been fun.  I enjoyed working on Songanzier, Favorites Inspector, and some other smaller things.  It was a way to enjoy programming after getting away from it professionally.  Now, I am taking a rather different path (for me anyway) down the programming/development terrain.  It's something I have been thinking of working on for a while, I seem to enjoy, and something I want to dedicate time to in.

As for Candlelight right now... there may be some updates to the blog (I wanted to write about my experiences developing Songanizer and Favorites Inspector), and there may be some products released here as well, but that will not be a major part of my time for a while.

Thanks to all that have supported my development efforts over the years, and I hope you check back here every once in a while.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


There's a few milestones in the 2012 year for Candlelight Software.

Songanizer for DOS
Company History

Twenty years ago, I started using the Candlelight Software name, and my first program, Songanizer, was released.  Songanizer was a utility used to manage your physical music collection (albums, tapes, etc), and allowed you to cross-reference songs and artists across your entire collection.  Back "in the day" this program was uploaded to BBSs and online services such as CompuServe and AOL.  Yeah, it's that old.

Songanizer itself may be a topic of discussion for another day.  The program has some limited success, and some good things came out of it that allowed me to get into other types of development.

Product History

Favorites Inspector
In 2002, I released Link Checker which was a utility used to manage your Internet Explorer favorites.  Version 1.0 did what it said (checks favorites to see if they are still live, not much more), but over the next several months, many features were added to enhance the product.  Tons.  Fast and furious. Link Checker was also renamed to Favorites Inspector around version 4.0 in 2003.  The technical side of developing Favorites Inspector is interesting (to me at least), and that too may be a topic for another day.

Drum-roll, please...

So, in celebration of 20 years of Candlelight, and 10 years of Favorites Inspector, I've decided to release the full version Favorites Inspector as freeware.  Go to Candlelight, check it out, and if you like it, download it and enjoy it.

The last 10 years of Favorites Inspector was a fun time.  The product may still get an update or two, and I have been thinking of a complete re-write to support other browsers and future versions of Windows, but I can't say if/when that will happen for sure.