Software that works for everyone, even non-admins

4 09 2009

So forgive me if I wax technical here for just a sec…

I’ve seen my good friend Brandon suffer headaches from running software as a limited user in Windows (e.g. not as a machine administrator).  Sometimes the software just wouldn’t install or run, but often it was crippled in some strange way.

My thought was that any developer worth their salt would have tested for this and supported non-admin users, and would allow installing the program somewhere other than the C drive (I am looking at you Google Chrome).

Sadly, I am part of the problem…but no more!  The latest release of ClimbPoint fixes the LUA bug, which incidentally is the only complaint that I’ve had from people using the program.  With that problem solved, I decided to make ClimbPoint available for download to anyone.  The latest version, despite it’s codename (Dicey at Best) is pretty solid if I do say so myself.

This post on StackOverflow motivated me to create a fix, and this guide to fixing LUA bugs was helpful in carrying it out.

Finding decent icons for Windows apps

12 07 2008

For the last few weeks I’ve been hard at work on a new version of ClimbPoint, and one of the features I was excited about adding was a nice toolbar to replace those tiny menus. Since I’m bootstrapping (and still looking forward to that first sale) I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on nice icons — in fact I was keen on finding something free.

There are a quite a few nice icon sets out there which are freely available, but the catch is finding ones that are free for commercial use. Most of the sets I found first, including this set for vista, were desktop icons for personal use. After a bit of searching I stumbled across the Sigma and Sophis sets at iconshock, which were reasonably priced at $130 for the general set.

While I was attempting to decide between the two sets (and justify the purchase) I happened upon a set from glyFX that was free for commercial use. Most of the other free icon sets that I found in my search were lacking at least a few basic buttons, but the Vista Complete Edition seemed to have everything I needed.

A few of the 30 icons in the glyFX free set

A few of the 30 icons in the glyFX free set

I do intend to purchase some icons down the road, but this find helps get me off the ground. Feel free to leave links to other icon sets in the comments, or check them out in action over on the ClimbPoint blog.