June 2016 EmbroideryWare went into a commercial phase. Many have wished me well, others felt EmbroideryWare should remain free.
Going commercial was a hard decision for me. I wanted to see if the program had any real value. If users were willing to pay for it, it must be pretty good. Also I was loosing interest in developing it for free. I thought if I charged for it, and actually got people to buy it, I would be more motivated to work on it.
If you do a search for EmbroideryWare online you will find that a lot of the META tags under the search still say something like “Free Embroidery Digitizing Software for the DIY user.” The META tags have been changed but the search engines have not updated them yet. So it just looks silly when the program is no longer free.
WordPress will show you statistics on how many views your website has had, and various other statistics. Checking out the statistics is like watching the stock market. One days up and another is down. There seems to be no rime or reason to the chaotic behavior.
It is hard to predict what is working and not working with the product, with no real marketing data. I have read a lot of blogs on how to create interest in your product. One method was to send out emails to keep people engaged in what you are offering them. It’s a fine line between engagement and spam. How do you know.
I have a suggestion box in the forum of this website. I have got great feedback. I am currently working a lot of the things mentioned in the suggestion box. One of the items already implemented is the ability to import SVG files. This feature is so far my favorite. I use it all the time to create cool embroidery.
Other things I am working on are keyboard shortcuts, rulers, mm, cm, inch grids.
The last feature I would like to mention is the “ctrl” button snapping function. When the “ctrl” button is pressed it will snap to vertical and horizontal points of already drawn objects.
These new features are in version 2.1.2.
I hope you come back often to see what is going on with EmbroideryWare. Is has been an interesting journey for me so far. I am looking forward to more good things happening with the program.