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Vista Support - Real Soon Now

On its Way, any day
by Huw Collingbourne
Tuesday 30 January 2007.

OK, so we got it wrong. Vista launched yesterday and so did Ruby In Steel. We had assumed that hardly any of our potential customers would have switched to Vista at this early date.

It turns out, however, that quite a few have. In our Road Map we originally listed Vista support for later in the year. Well, that’s now been moved forward - a lot. Vista support will be added to our next release (1.01) which we’ll make available in the next week or so. If you’ve already bought version 1.0 or if you are planning to do so, you’ll get the Vista version as a free update (in fact, as I’ve said before, you’ll get all versions of Ruby In Steel right up to 1.5 as free updates).

I should also clarify (as people have asked me about this) that you don’t lose out by buying at the reduced launch price ($199). You will get all the same free updates as buyers at the full price ($249). We decided to have a reduced launch price partly as a thank you to our ’early adopters’ and partly because we know from experience that, no matter how much testing you do prior to launch, a version 1.0 software release invariably throws up glitches (such as the Vista problem) that have to be fixed. When these problems arise we’ll respond as quickly as possible. Our aim is to get troublesome gremlins squashed by the time version 1.1 is released.

After 1.1, we start work on the new features which we’ve already announced: the first two ’big ones’ being the ’Visual Rails’ designer and a multi-threaded Cylon debugger.

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