I'd like to address the issue of where Sagelight is at and the discussion board being turned off temporarily.
But, let me start with where the heck I've been for the last few months.
Basically, I've been so swamped with with issues inside of the company (which was once as large as two whole people) that I have not been able to address things properly. The discussion board, for example, can easily take up 3 hours of my time a day, and I've been having to split my time between these internal issues and continuing development. I do answer personal e-mails, so if you've sent one I guess I didn't get it. It should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org -- (email@example.com was being used by the discussion board, and that URL no longer exists).
I am 90% complete with version 4, but have spent the last 5 weeks addressing things like revamping the website, the new posts, and many other details that, as the developer, I had hoped not to do. I was hoping that the other arm of the company would have taken over these duties, but, for various reasons, this never happened.
So, I found myself in a position where I wanted to get version 4 done, address the discussion board, and also deal with promotion of the software, website creation and development, blog posts, etc. But, I do have to concentrate on the public side of it, because sales (i.e. income) is the thing that enables the development, and the need to work on this side of the equation takes me away from development.
I have developed so much technology for version 4.0 and I am very excited about getting it out. I am hoping to get back to development soon.
Basically, Sagelight is currently being manned by 1 person where a minimum of 2 people is really necessary.
I had intended to return to the discussion board a while back with the introduction of version 4. But, version 4 is turning out to be such an advancement with a lot of technology and code that I've developed, it's taking longer to get out than I wanted it to. This is also because I had to deal with these other issues I mentioned and have not had the time I've wanted to finally cap it off. I am just about to return to the development to get a release out in hopefully 2-3 weeks, sans some items that will just have to wait a little but longer; but, hopefully once the ball is rolling, I can come out with some updates as soon as possible after that.
This is why I recently went to lifetime licenses, at least for the time-being (at least until 4.0 is out), as I roll out this new version, because I want to make sure that no one has to worry about getting upgraded if they buy the current version.
The discussion board is down as I decide how to handle it, but should be back up in 2-3 days. I am finishing up what I consider to be an advance on the "Vibrance" technology (to use a Ligthroom term, though I plan to call it something else) that I want to finish first, and hopefully this will just be a couple more days, and then I will be activate the discussion board once I've had a chance to address some of the messages.
So, the discussion board is just shut down until I can get this one algorithm finished and address the board. I have not been on it lately because I was hoping to get someone else on it, but that didn't happen, and I have just not had the personal bandwidth to deal with it properly, at least until I get 4.0 out.
So 4.0 will be out as soon as I can get it there. But, like I said, that's why I'm offering liftetime licenses right now, just to avoid any confusion about updating it later on.
I hope that explains things. But, I do want to let you know that my not being around as much as I'd like has been to focus on the development of 4.0 as much as I can, under the circumstances. I can't really publicly discuss the details of 4.0, for obvious reasons. But, if anyone wants to write me an e-mail, I'll be happy to provide a link to an overview with some samples.
P.S. For the blog try just http://sagelighteditor.wordpress.com
(there is also a link to it from www.sagelighteditor.com