As we worked towards the launch of RapidWeaver 7, we’ve been giving the RapidWeaver release cycle some thought.
Over the last calendar year, we’ve launched 21 RapidWeaver 6 updates, averaging a release (almost) every 2 weeks until we started work on RapidWeaver 7. The cadence and constant iteration is something we’ve found to be very, very addictive - with customers loving our focus on the app.
As you all probably know too well, the biggest irony in software development is that, at the time when you’re most busy on a paid upgrade, customers are doubting whether an app is getting any updates. The quiet period in the run up to a major version, along with the need to bundle lots of features into a major release, can feel contradictory to ensuring timely new features.
With RapidWeaver 7, we’re planning to take a leaf out of Framer’s book, and move to a version-less model of RapidWeaver. So, RapidWeaver 7 will simply be “RapidWeaver”, and once we’ve got the launch feature set sorted, we’ll simply be back to consistently adding new features and enhancements on a regular basis. No need to hide away from the community for a few months - all our progress will be out in the open.
RapidWeaver Developer Preview 2 is “Version 99” and we’ll just be incrementing the version # in subsequent builds. No more “x.x.x” style version numbers will be used in future.
What About Your Addons
No changes are required in your plugins or themes to ensure compatibility (SDK versions 4,6,7 are still applicable), and in future you’ll simply specify the version # of RapidWeaver your addon requires as its minimum version.
When launching Developer Preview 2, your RW6 preferences will be copied across, along with your addons, and you’ll be all set. They will reside in a new location (as the bundle ID of RapidWeaver has changed to simply com.realmacsoftware.rapidweaver).
If you have any questions about these changes, we’d love to hear them.