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As of close of business June 27, 1997, WhippleWare is no longer able to sell the VB/Rig Pro product written by Brad Kaenel at PC Help-Line. Our 6 month stint as VB/Rig Pro's publisher ended with the announcement from the ~$600 million CompuWare Corporation that they have purchased it lock, stock and barrel from PC Help-Line. Thus ends WhippleWare's first experience selling software that we didn't write ourselves. We will, of course, continue to support all customers to the best of our ability, and Brad will continue to provide ALL VB/Rig Pro customers with the support that only an author can provide. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
We're a bit speechless, given this unexpected turn of events, but here's what Brad suggested we tell people:
That pretty much sums up the situation we're in here at WhippleWare, and we apologize for any confusion and/or inconvenience that these changes cause. In closing, I'd like to answer a few specific questions that some of you may have.
Email Brad, and he'll send you Version 2.1a. The version he'll send won't require a serial number.
Brad has just completed Version 3.01, with fixes for the problems reported to date in V3. The problems are all minor, but contact Brad and he'll send you V3.01. Your current serial number will enable it.
You can contact Brad, but I don't think he knows what CompuWare's plans are just yet, and I know that he can't sell you an upgrade. So you can contact him and be patient, or wait and see what CompuWare announces (their website is www.compuware.com).
Nothing personal. CompuWare came along and offered Brad more money, right now, than he was apt to collect in the next two years working with a little guy like us. When he told us about their offer, our reaction was "Hey, you'd be crazy to turn that down!" And he didn't.
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