Last Update: Dec 16 / 2018
Minor change for a major Oops! 10.1.8350 had a serious bug which could not just wait for a fix, so 10.1.8351 is now here to replace it.
Today version 10.1.8351 is being released. It has the usual collection of bug fixes, but most importantly it marks the migration of SPFLite into an Open Source piece of software. At this time, I have removed the random registration nagging (for unregistered versions), and removed the online checking for new releases. This removes any future program dependency on the SPFLite web site.
SPFLite is being released under the GNU General Public License (V3). In simple terms this means SPFLite is totally free, no registration needed to remove the minor nagging it used to do. The full development source is also being made available on the website, and the GPL license means SPFLite and any derivative versions will remain free. Hopefully this will ensure SPFLite remains alive and well for many more years.
Both of us (myself - George Deluca and my co-developer - Robert Hodge) have reached points in our lives where changes should, and need, to be made.
As of the date of this release, I turn 76, I'm getting a bit more 'doddery', and have decided to semi-retire from active development and only work on errors and bug corrections as my time and inclination permit. You may still report bugs, just be aware I may not respond or work on them at the same speed as today. Any new releases will simply be made available on the web site and announced on the web site and in the SPFLite forum.
Robert's reasons for change are more serious than mine, here are his thoughts and comments on what is happening.
You can, as usual, find details of the changes in the Change Log.
Note for XP users: Unfortunately, releases 8.3 and above will probably not function on XP level systems. There is a problem related to the version level of the Visual C runtime libraries which we have not been able to resolve. As XP itself is no longer supported by Microsoft, there are probably very few users still running it. We will keep the last 8.2 release available on the download page indefinitely.
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