Eye of the Storm™
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Your Personal Hurricane
Eye Of The Storm has been
discontinued effective as of the end of the 2008 storm season.
Dear EOTS Customers,
I am writing this as a personal letter, as Starstone really is essentially just a single person (and occasionally his wife).
It is the end of an era for Starstone and our flagship product, Eye of the Storm™. After a great deal of soul searching, I am afraid I have to report that I am no longer able to continue development and support of this product. EOTS has seen 13 hurricane seasons come and go, and some of the years have been very busy, others not so much. Sales have been meager the last couple of years, and the operation is costly, especially during the hurricane season. Unfortunately, my other obligations simply do not provide the time required to keep this afloat only as a labor of love.
Several customers have written with suggestions about how to keep this profitable, and I appreciate their support and kind words. However, I do have a full time dream job that I dearly love, and also a part time teaching position that I must also maintain. EOTS really needs to be profitable enough to pay someone else's salary, and it has simply not been able to do so in recent years as a niche product. I would not go so far as to say that I am "burned out", but I do feel it is time for me to move on and work on some other (smaller) projects with my spare time.
EOTS has been a huge success as far as shareware is concerned. I am proud of the many years and many versions we have seen together, and I am very appreciative of all of my many (there are several thousand of you) customers over these past 13 years (yes, since 1996!). Yes, I should have charged more for upgrades, and yes I should have adopted a yearly subscription like my competitors... but I'm just more of a nerd than a business man. I've made some money, and bought some toys. Don't weep for me in this regard, it has been a worthwhile chapter in my career; but it is time for me to write the next one.
Starstone will continue to exist, and I will continue working on much smaller pet projects for the iPhone. All my desktop "day job" energies will be focused on making the worlds best astronomy and planetarium software as a developer for Software Bisque (www.bisque.com). You never know, you may see my work on your next planetarium visit :-)
P.S. If you are looking for an alternative to EOTS for future season, check out StormPulse. That's how I'll be following storms this year myself!
EOTS does "Still Work". The automatic data stream no longer exists (this was the biggest time drain, and expense), but you can still manually enter storm data if you wish to continue using EOTS to plot storm tracks. If you have lost your registration number, you can just use this one to re-install from your CD-ROM.