SophSoft has been in business for 35 years as of today.
On Wednesday, January 13, 1982, thirty-five years ago today, Sophisticated Software Systems was officially founded. That company was later incorporated as SophSoft, Incorporated (because that domain, sophsoft.com, was still available).
Five years ago, I wrote a post, 30 Years in Business, giving more information. You can also see the About SophSoft and Digital Gamecraft page (and sidebar).
Over time, some years have been more productive, and some have been more “interesting” than others. Notably, back on the 25th anniversary, I actually posted about the results of our annual off-site meeting, rather than the major milestone; in that vein, I will keep this celebration limited and generally mark the occasion with more development. Still…
SophSoft, Incorporated is the oldest indie game development company in the world!
Ha! Beat that. 🙂
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2017!
From those of us at SophSoft and Digital Gamecraft.
The latest upgrade to our flagship macOS product is available.
Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition 3.30, available from Goodsol Development, is the best Solitaire game for Mac computers. This version of the game can be purchased and immediately downloaded for only $24.95, and it is a free upgrade for customers.
This Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition update adds another 100 games, for a total of 700 games, plus another 90 bonus games not accessible in the trial version (for those who want to try it first).
In addition to the new games, this version 3.30 update addresses several minor requests from customers, fixes all known bugs, and fully supports Apple macOS Sierra.
We have been working with Goodsol Development for 15 years now!
On this date back in 2001, SophSoft, Incorporated made our first software delivery to Goodsol Development. Since that time, we have never stopped working together, producing the best solitaire software ever created.
I posted about this collaboration 5 years ago in my post, 10 Years of the GDcard Library. We have continued our progress since then, adding an entire line of iOS products and 400 more games to Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition, along with much more.
For fun, I thought that I would take a look at some of the numbers:
- 3 platforms: Windows, Mac, and iOS (iPad)
- 7 titles:
- 1 ongoing (long-term) private beta program
- 26 actively maintained SKUs
- 3024 different games of Solitaire (plus 640 layouts and 1 editor)
- 2 of the 3 most knowledgeable Solitaire experts in the world
- 10 utility programs
- 3 critical libraries
- 2 screen savers
- 1 retail product (MahJongg Patience)
- 573 different product versions
- 15 years of fun!
To save everybody a little bit of math, this means that, on average, we have delivered a new product version once every 10 days, and we have added a new game of Solitaire every two days, for the entire 15 years. Amazingly, the number of delivered versions for Pretty Good MahJongg and for Pretty Good Solitaire Mac Edition are currently exactly the same: 88 of each. [Spoiler: PGMJ will take the lead with a macOS Sierra bug fix.]
In lieu of anniversary gifts 🙂 , just tell your friends about our excellent products!
Public Service Announcement
If you are currently using Pretty Good MahJongg Mac Edition, whether purchased from the Mac App Store or downloaded directly from Goodsol Development, we recommend waiting for the next update before upgrading to macOS Sierra (10.12).
Do Not Upgrade (yet)
Apple is scheduled to release macOS Sierra, the next version (10.12) of their operating system (formerly: Mac OS X) today [September 20, 2016]. As of the final beta version, there is a change (as yet unidentified) that breaks Pretty Good MahJongg Mac Edition. We are actively working on a solution, and we will publish an update as soon as a fix is available, but in the meantime, we suggest keeping El Capitan (Mac OS X 10.11).