With RapidWeaver 5.2.2 now available, I wanted to talk about our plans going forward - specifically the next (free) update we'll be making to RapidWeaver 5. Whilst it's still too early to offer details or a release date (we've been fully focused on making RW 5.2.2 as stable as it possibly can be) there is one important change coming in RapidWeaver 5.3 that I wanted to let you know about right now.
Over the past 2 years, we've been closely watching the user stats for RapidWeaver that are optionally sent each time a non-Mac App Store customer's copy of RapidWeaver checks for updates. Each time a new major update to Mac OS X has launched, the rate of adoption for the OS has increased significantly. It's become even faster with the launch of Mac OS X Lion, with 49% of customers whose copies of RW have checked for updates in the last six months already using Mac OS X Lion. To give you a more complete breakdown, Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 make up 97% of all software update checks.
Given this huge uptake in Snow Leopard and more recently Lion, as well as our desire to bring the latest OS X features to RapidWeaver as quickly as possible, we're going to be dropping support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in RapidWeaver 5.3. Whilst Mac OS X 10.5 support is something that we'd love to continue, the disproportionate amount of resources that are required to support, test and develop on 10.5 for 3 out of every 100 users ends up hampering our ability to bring awesome features to the other 97%.
We're still a way off launching 5.3, however I wanted to let you know about this major change now to be completely transparent about our decision process. If you've got any feedback on this change, feel free to post below. I'd love to hear feedback, both positive and constructive.
 As RW is not permitted to check for updates in the Mac App Store build, we don't have numbers for that: however, the Mac App Store is only available on Macs running Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7, and judging from the diagnostics we get (crash logs, user reports, support logs etc) the uptake of Lion has been even stronger from Mac App Store customers.
Nik Fletcher, Product Manager, Realmac Software
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