Sorry for the long wait but the new layout is finally up.
I've been too busy with work and personal stuff and I've had a hard time deciding what the future of Damnsoft would be, so it took me quite a while to pull this thing together.
I actually made the mistake of being way too ambitious and was blinded by my own stubbornness this time; instead of using any of the excellent CMS available for free (like Joomla) or fast-prototyping technologies to build this new layout, I decided to wrote it from the ground up without the aid of advanced tools...
It took me way more than I expected. Although the core was done in a matter of days, I had to rewrite it several times, change the structure in more than one occasion and re-design the graphical layout at least twice. I abandoned the project quite a few times and finding the motivation to actually finish this became harder and harder with each passing month.
So yeah, lesson learned; next time, I'm using a damn CMS.
Anyway, where was I? oh, yes, the future of Damnsoft.
Past, Present, And Future
It's been more than 10 years since Damnsoft was conceived and all of these years it's been only me. I'm not sure if that will change in the future. I don't know if Damnsoft will ever be more than just me. I like to think it will ( that's why I prefer to call it a "development group" rather than a "one-man company").
In the meantime however I'll keep this as a place for me to publish software I make in my free time. It is true that since I began working on commercial stuff (namely work for hire and my current job) I started leaving my own personal projects behind. Damnsoft among them. My current job consumes like 85% of my time but I'm trying to deal with that. I want to resume my projects, but that will happen slowly, one step at a time.
It's hard to sit in front of your computer, staring at the list of the software you've done in the past and realize you no longer have time to maintain it all. You laugh and smile a bit when you see crazy stuff you developed 10 years ago (that is probably not worth a damn today) and the awful "engrish" skills you had back then (which may or may not have improved over time) but... in the end is sad.
I originally intended to just change the "looks" and inner structure of the website, keeping the content and projects intact, but -as I said before- I no longer have time for them all.
The important part, really
The plan now is to publish here the software I believe is still useful despite the years that have passed, dusting them off a little of course.
The remaining software will still be available at http://museum.damnsoft.org which currently is a copy of the old version of the site. Those projects won't be supported nor updated any longer.
If you think any of the software from the old site is still useful let me know so I can add it here. The programs I'll probably bring to this new version are:
I hope to breathe new life into this site. I'll also like to announce that I'll be focusing more on games and game development tools from now on since that's the field I've chosen and the one I like the most.
To celebrate the occasion I've started with MoveMe, which is now 100% Windows7-compatible and features a nice user friendly installer.
Without further ado (heh), please, enjoy the update and if you have any question or comment, you can always drop me a line through the contact form or via email (check my profile card on the member list).
-- Elias Zacarias