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Fort 5.0 released

After six months of development Fort 5.0 is finally released. There are multiple new features as well as bug fixes. Some internal refactoring was also done in the code.

It seems that six months is pretty good time between releases. As I'm doing Fort basically alone, and the software is fairly large code wise, it's better to take the time rather than hurry. What takes a lot of time is testing and trying to find all the corner cases, and hope to catch all of them. I think I've manage to do it pretty well. In my own use I don't see any bugs at the moment. There's always some beta users testing non-released versions and it helps a lot. Interested? Drop me an email if you would like to participate to test beta versions of Fort.

Pricing of Fort is also something I think about often. I don't want to charge too much, but then again it would be nice to get enough sales to make at least part time living and devote more time for developing Fort. At the moment Fort Professional costs only $25 USD, probably not enough. However, let's keep it that way for the rest of the year and see how it goes. To be honest, I would love to be able to keep the price low. I will soon need new hardware for testing and hosting virtual machines, if anyone is willing to donate usable laptops or desktop machines, please contact me by email.

There's also support forum up and running. It's barebones and simple. I will integrate it better with the rest of the website later on.

Thanks for your support and thanks for using Fort!

October 21, 2018 Niko Rosvall

Let's celebrate upcoming Fort release

Fort 5.0 will be released fairly soon so I decided to dramatically drop the professional version price. Pay $25 USD and get fully supported Fort Professional! This is a limited time offer and will be available until Fort 5.0 is officially out.

October 3, 2018 Niko Rosvall

Upcoming version of Fort

I'm not quite sure should it be 4.4 or simply 5.0. It's been years since I started working on Fort. The idea initially came from the usual one, I couldn't quite find something that I liked. So an idea of Fort was born. There are somewhat similar tools available today and were already before Fort. However something in them was not for me. Partly, Fort was just a hobby and something fun to to work with. It still is. It's almost nostalgic to think back in time. Today Fort is six years old. Six years of work, it's a fairly long time for computer software. I'm really grateful that I've been able to work for all these years doing something which is important for me. Something that makes a difference in this wicked surveillance society.

So what is the next version of Fort all about? Features. It's all about features that users have been asking for a long time. The next version of Fort will be able to remember "a session". It's particularly useful if you're using keyfiles. Fort will remember which keyfile was used to encrypt the file. It may sound simple, but considering all possible security scenarios and general robustness, there's some serious code to be written. Another thing is that I want to make Fort visually more useful. The next version will clearly indicate if a file is not encrypted. At the moment it's easy to miss. Especially if there are encrypted files and decrypted files in the same view. Another big thing that I'm finally going to code sign Fort. It should make antivirus software to shut up and leave Fort alone. Fortunately I've been able to contact most of the big names in the antivirus industry so their software usually leaves Fort alone already. Anyway code signing will make Fort even more trustworthy and secure tool to install on your computer.

I will also restore the support forum. Using different forum software, more simple, more robust and hopefully with good antispam measures.

September 29, 2018 Niko Rosvall

Future of Fort

As some of you may have noticed, there has been some changes in Fort. Website is different, pricing is different and so on. I've been getting many questions about what future holds for Fort.

First of all Fort is fully alive and there is already new featureful release coming before the end of this year. I wanted to step back with Fort a little bit. What I mean by that is that I want to keep Fort essentially a one man project. I don't do Fort all of my own though, but all the code is and will be written by me. In other words I don't want to go to the "big commercial project with an annoying subscription payment model" - kind of thing. I want to keep Fort in it's roots as a small, yet reliable product. Don't get me wrong, Fort is and will be a commercial project. Fort has a lot of customers around the world. Companies and individuals. I need to pay the bills too, I guess.

I want the development of Fort to be as transparent as possible. I will, almost always, handle customer support by myself. Hard part is the pricing. I do not want subscription based model and I think customers do not want that either. Fort Professional now costs $120 USD which may sound steep but considering it's the price for a lifetime license, pay once use forever. It includes all the future updates too. That said, I don't think the price is too steep.

As I said earlier, new version of Fort is under development as we speak but there's more. There will also be an Android version early next year. Bear with me though, I'm going to be a father soon and as you may know that might mess up with the schedule. ;)

Thank you for your support. Thank you for buying licenses. Thank you for your kind words about how much you love using Fort. See you in a bit!

September 29, 2018 Niko Rosvall

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