Today we're launching Spanning Sync v1.0, following over seven months of development including a four-month beta period. All users are encouraged to download it now.
This is a huge milestone for us, and one that we know we could never have reached without the generous help of our beta users—all 18,862 of them at last count. So to everyone who has participated in the beta, thank you! With your help we've created something we hope will be of value to many people all over the world.
As we come out of beta, the biggest change other than the new v1.0 client is that Spanning Sync will no longer be free. After a 15-day trial period, which for existing beta users begins today, you'll be able to choose either a $25 one-year subscription or a $65 one-time payment. To convert your free trial into a paid membership, just open the Spanning Sync preference pane and when prompted, click "Buy".
When we started this project, we thought it would be relatively easy and be of interest to a few people. As it turns out, it's taken over seven months of intensive development (with some great help from both Apple and Google) and garnered a lot more interest than we had originally imagined. Here are some current stats from the beta:
- 18,862 beta users from 58 countries
- 65,097 client downloads
- 5 languages: English, German, French, Japanese, and Swedish
- 6.1M events sunc to date
- 3.6M GData API calls per day and growing
If you're new to Spanning Sync, please take some time to read the FAQ, peruse the blog (especially the comments), and explore the discussion group. If you're a long-time reader of the blog, come check out our new home page. It finally has some content on it.
Today marks the end of the beginning of Spanning Sync, and the beginning of a new era of integration between Mac OS X and Google Apps. If you haven't done so yet, please download Spanning Sync v1.0, try it out, and let us know what you think. With your help, we make Spanning Sync better every day.