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I haven't posted here in quite awhile, but a lot of you, over the years, have asked for a Mac version of TrackerBox. Now is the time. I've created a Kickstarter project for it, and I really hope enough people want it to make it a reality. I'm tired of telling people that a Mac version doesn't exist.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markfassett/trackerbox-mac-track-your-book-sales-on-osx
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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2017, 03:49:14 PM »
OMG!

Trackerbox is the only reason I keep my 8yo pc limping, but it's limping and complains of being out of RAM the moment I turn it on.

Grrr I want to contribute but I want to use Paypal.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2017, 04:05:07 PM »
I've been waiting for this. Two questions:

1. Will the license be for one computer only or, if I buy a new computer in the future can I then load it onto that one as well?

2. Will it support all versions of Mac OS? (Snow Leopard, Lion, etc) Or only the current OS?

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2017, 04:38:20 PM »
OMG!

Trackerbox is the only reason I keep my 8yo pc limping, but it's limping and complains of being out of RAM the moment I turn it on.

Grrr I want to contribute but I want to use Paypal.

I wish they'd let you use Paypal!

I've been waiting for this. Two questions:

1. Will the license be for one computer only or, if I buy a new computer in the future can I then load it onto that one as well?

2. Will it support all versions of Mac OS? (Snow Leopard, Lion, etc) Or only the current OS?

1: The license is to one email address (the person using it). You can load it on as many computers as you want, as long as you're the person using it.

2: It will support as many versions as I can make it support. My current Mac is a 2008 Macbook Pro that is now considered obsolete, and it's stuck on El Capitan. I expect TrackerBox will be able to run on Snow Leopard, as well. I don't think TrackerBox will require any features that are new to recent releases of OSX.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2017, 04:43:55 PM »
OK, done.

Also advertised this on a couple of Facebook groups. I love Trackerbox and it's worth something to me not to have to muck around with these spreadsheets.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2017, 11:49:23 PM »
Funded for my Mac, and shared on FB. Hope you hit the mark without difficulty.


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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017, 10:34:04 AM »
Funded for my Mac, and shared on FB. Hope you hit the mark without difficulty.

Thanks! I hope it funds without difficulty, too - but mostly, I just hope it funds :) I'm tired of telling people "No" when they ask if there's a Mac version.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2017, 10:57:50 AM »
Bumping and making sure people know that they can get a PC license for $75 ($10 discount), if they back you up. Come on people, move it.


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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2017, 11:25:28 AM »
Bumping and making sure people know that they can get a PC license for $75 ($10 discount), if they back you up. Come on people, move it.

Actually, a nearly $15 discount! (Yeah, that $5 difference makes all the difference ;) )

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2017, 11:32:42 AM »
Just curious, if you're going to rewrite your entire codebase, why not make it cloud-based, so platform-agnostic?

With making an iOS version, you're now going have to manage/maintain/update two codebases. Having done this for so many years on other projects...not fun.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2017, 12:42:14 PM »
Just curious, if you're going to rewrite your entire codebase, why not make it cloud-based, so platform-agnostic?

With making an iOS version, you're now going have to manage/maintain/update two codebases. Having done this for so many years on other projects...not fun.

One of the advantages TrackerBox has over ALL of the other options is that it is NOT cloud based, and is a one time payment.

If it was cloud based, I'd have to charge a subscription (like everyone else), your data would be in the cloud so my security management would be quite a bit more complex and my liability would be greater. The Windows version is solid and stable, and the only thing that changes on a regular basis are the importers. Most of the time, they only take a couple hours to update. New ones can take a day or so (plus testing time). Doubling that effort for separate mac and windows builds is far less of a burden than dealing with servers and security issues and logins and monthly payments, etc...

Most of my customers appreciate the fact that TrackerBox isn't cloud based, and they have complete control over how and where it is stored.

You are right - maintaining multiple code bases is not optimal, but the alternatives, for me, are worse.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2017, 04:55:26 AM »
I'm getting TB precisely because it's not a subscription bleeding money month after month.


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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2017, 11:15:17 AM »
Day 2 is done, and it's 30% funded! Thanks go out to everyone who has backed the project already. I'm really excited about having the opportunity to finally make TrackerBox for Mac a reality.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markfassett/trackerbox-mac-track-your-book-sales-on-osx/posts/2020907

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2017, 01:17:21 PM »
Just a big shout out to Trackerbox and Mark's customer service. A1

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2017, 05:20:54 PM »
I shared on all the writer/author FB groups I'm in that would allow it.


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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2017, 06:00:35 PM »
Thanks! I really appreciate the help!

Just a big shout out to Trackerbox and Mark's customer service. A1
And thanks for that, Dr Luck :) I do my best.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2017, 12:02:19 PM »
So, after Day 5, more than 40% funded! Yay!

Blackbird Publishing interviewed me about TrackerBox and the Kickstarter.

https://blackbirdpublishing.com/interview-mark-fassett-and-the-trackerbox-mac-kickstarter/

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2017, 12:24:32 PM »
Pledged $75! One of the only reasons I have a PC is just to run Trackerbox, so a Mac version would be wonderful.

As noted upthread, Mark is great on service, too.

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2017, 12:38:40 PM »
Pledged $75, hope it makes it!

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2017, 05:37:37 PM »
Pledged $75! One of the only reasons I have a PC is just to run Trackerbox, so a Mac version would be wonderful.

As noted upthread, Mark is great on service, too.

Thanks! I do my best to follow up as fast as I can and get things working.

Pledged $75, hope it makes it!

Thanks! I hope it does, too. Just hit 50% funded!

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live (60% funded!)
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2017, 11:02:54 AM »
So the Kickstarter campaign for TrackerBox Mac just hit 60% funded. And in only 8 days! I thought it would take quite a bit longer than that to get this far. Of course, it's not over yet, but I'm feeling pretty good about it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markfassett/trackerbox-mac-track-your-book-sales-on-osx/posts/2025728

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2017, 03:46:29 PM »
Today's TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markfassett/trackerbox-mac-track-your-book-sales-on-osx/posts/2030046

I really want to say how much I appreciate everyone that has backed the campaign so far! The Mac version of TrackerBox will never happen if the campaign doesn't succeed, and so far, we're still far ahead of meeting the goal. I definitely love all the help from everyone, so far!

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2017, 05:44:09 PM »
Just pledged $75 and am sharing with all my author friends! GOOD LUCK!! (And can't wait!  :))

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2017, 12:24:27 PM »
Thanks andycat! I can't wait, either!

Here's the latest update. It includes the first of a series of how to videos:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markfassett/trackerbox-mac-track-your-book-sales-on-osx/posts/2032188

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Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2017, 02:16:01 PM »
Here's the latest on the TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter. Getting close to funded! Also, I released a TrackerBox Windows update today with support for Pronoun and Streetlib! If you're a Windows user, you can back the project to help out your Mac using friends, get a 16% discount, and start using it today while you wait for your license key!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/markfassett/trackerbox-mac-track-your-book-sales-on-osx/posts/2034560



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