Sunday, January 1, 2012

Decades

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.

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