Engineering Notes

Engineering Dept.

Phew, it’s been a busy few months in the Engineering Dept., but the last fortnight has been especially full on.

Last week we released the new version of ARTHR to a few customers who had used the old one, to see what they thought of it.

We received lots of very useful feedback and discovered lots of bugs too, both little and large. We’re ploughing through all of that at the moment, releasing tweaks and fixes a few times a day. Thank you everyone who helped out.

The first 90% of the project is always great: you’re breaking new ground, inventing something new, and everything is exciting and good.

The second 90% of the project gets a bit trickier: now you have to make difficult compromises about how to prioritise your time, and the realities of putting your creation into the hands of other people hit home.

We’re well into the third and final 90%. Tracking down frustrating browser bugs, trying to fix the problem with bad connections from corporate networks, wrangling the produced PDFs to be prepress ready.

The good news is that every couple of days I surface from wrestling an especially gnarly PDF problem, or tweaking the server configuration, and I go and have a proper play with it. And I think it’s still good.

For a little flavour here’s a spin through that I just recorded. (Play spot the bug!)

Posted by Tom | Comments (2)

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  1. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 at 9:44 am
    Chris Permalink

    Hi Newspaperclub

    The new ARTHR looks great. I’ve been publishing with you for a while now using the current ARTHR – when do you think the new version will be ready for general release? I’m planning a revamp of our publication and it would really help with planning…

  2. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 at 9:59 am
    Tom Permalink

    Hi Chris: if you drop me an email to we can give you early access to the new ARTHR – we’re testing it with a handful of regular users at the moment. It’d be great to hear your thoughts.

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