FoldingText got stuck. A key technology was deprecated and sales dropped to unsustainable levels. We (Mutahhir and I) have been unsure what to do next and FoldingText has languished. We are sorry about that. Our goal with version 3.0 is to ensure that FoldingText is available and working into the distant future. Here’s our plan to do that:
FoldingText 3.0 will not have the full FoldingText 2.0 feature set. It also likely won’t have enough sales to support major new development. Thus, our goal will be preservation, keeping it clean and easy to maintain for the foreseeable future.
FoldingText 3.0 starts with a new much simplified “native” app implementation. No more deprecated technology, also many missing features.
As FoldingText languished we had a number of people volunteer to take over the project. But FoldingText 2.0 is big and complicated, it seemed unlikely that anyone but us could get it working without using deprecated technology.
Now that we’ve taken that first step we invite anyone who’s interested to help improve the project. Modify the app for your personal use. Try porting a feature from the 2.0 codebase to the 3.0 codebase if you are ambitious. Submit a bug fix. Keep the project going if Mutahhir and I both get hit by a bus.
FoldingText 3.0 will be a free fully functional download. It will also have a “membership” in-app purchase for those who want to support FoldingText’s continued development. In the future, and if there’s enough to support us doing so, we may add membership only benefits. Even then, the core app will remain free. For now though, there aren’t any membership only features planned, the membership will just be a way to show support.
…That’s the official story/plan for FoldingText 3
…This is just me blabbing
First here’s the first FoldingText 3 beta:
NOTE: You will need to Option-Click on FoldingText and choose context menu item Open to open FoldingText 3 for the first time. (It’s not notarized).
Perhaps underwhelming (no spell check, plugins, find, and lots more). But it does provide the core editing experience in a modern macOS SwiftUI based app.
I’m just about to be out of network contact for most of the next week (so my replies to any questions will be late), but I would love some feedback on this plan. It’s flexible. The goal here is to preserve FoldingText so that it works long into the future.