ASE Goes Free

We are deeply grateful to those that have supported iTripoli and Admin Script Editor (ASE) through the years.  For most of those years we have taken what profits were realized from the sale of ASE and put it right back into the product. Many are aware that our last release did not go smoothly and compounding our decision to close up shop is that this niche industry of script editors has languished in recent years. While no free tools approach ASE in form or function, the introduction of free tools that offer bits of similar features severely hurt the perception and relevancy of paid scripting products.

We reduced prices, gave free maintenance extensions, etc. in an effort to be as fair as possible to our customers. Knowing it was not a profitable effort, we continued to work hard for a long time to address the bugs that have plagued the 4.0 release for so long. We decided that with the scripting tool market what it is, it just wouldn’t be good business to sell ASE 4.0 and are instead opting to make it available to everyone free of charge. This final release requires no activation or license information.

The home for this final, free version of Admin Script Editor 4.0 will be at ITNinja.com. Here you can register for a free account to download it and may leverage ITNinja’s Q&A and blog features to share problems and solutions not just on ASE itself, but also on the topic of scripting.

While iTripoil is no more, its creators Steve and Bob continue to work together, but not on anything serious as you’ll see at http://stupidapps.com

Admin Script Editor Articles

We have begun posting ASE related articles at ITNinja (a software focused IT community). Plans are to post a couple of articles per week. You may find them at:

http://www.itninja.com/tag/admin-script-editor

 

ASE 4.0 Availability

We have overcome all the obstacles that were holding us back from this release, so we are finally ready to share our latest build of ASE 4.0. We have tested on Windows 7 and 8, 32-bit and 64-bit, and are not anticipating you will run into any problems. If you do, please make us aware of any issues you enoucter using our online ticket system. We will maintain a list of known issues here in the support knowledge base.

We are considering this a release candidate but is available to customers only (not as a trial version). In order to download this release you will need to be current with maintenance on your license. We realize that it has been a very long time since we had an official release and we made it clear we would honor any expired maintenance extensions once we released. We’ve decided to do better than that and have extended to all customers one full year of maintenance. This applies to any and all licenses that had their maintenance lapse after 1/1/2012. If you purchased last January or last week, you’ll find that your maintenance has been bumped up one full year. So, if you are eligible you may access this latest build now by logging into your license account and using the download button. Note this protected release is not in the support download area as its been in the past but is available once you log in to view your license information:

http://adminscripteditor.com/license.asp

Once logged in, use the Download button at the top center as shown here:

download-button

A Note To Customers Regarding ASE v4.0

This is not the update we wanted to write, but an update is necessary no matter what the news. We’ve had bad luck (drive failures, failed backups, etc.), we’ve had personal issues (key personnel unavailable for extended periods), and as you may expect some development issues which we continue to fight through. It’s been one step forward, two steps back for the last few months. We are working the issues necessary for a solid release. We won’t release even another beta that is not a significant step forward and it is that necessary stubbornness that has contributed largely to the delays in the release of v4.0.

If you can and wish to support us, by all means please do update your maintenance. You’ll note that maintenance costs have been dropped significantly from 75% to now only 25% of the cost of a full license. However, it is important to us as a company that everyone be happy and those that have been with us over the years have seen us be fair with licensing to an extreme. In that tradition, we are saying to you our cherished, paying customer– YOU NEED NOT RENEW YOUR LICENSE UNTIL WE SHIP 4.0.

If your maintenance is expired at the time we release v4.0 we will honor your renewal at that time without penalty. In fact, when 4.0 ships you will be able to extend maintenance on any version 3.0 license.

So if you have concerns, we understand. What we can tell you is that we are commited to seeing v4.0 released at any cost. And in further understanding of these concerns, you need not renew your license until v4.0 is released from beta (at which time you will have up to three months to renew).

We will be sending emails of news, but please follow us on facebook or twitter to help ensure you get the long awaited word when we can finally give it.

Thank you again for your understanding, your patience and you loyalty.

Support Outage on 9/28/2011

Hopefully few people noticed, but our support system experienced a three hour outage today during which time the knowledge base and ticket system was unavailable. We believe the problem to be resolved and do not foresee any further outage. Our apologies for any inconvenience this outage may have caused.

When is ASE 4.0 to be released?

First off, despite the delay since our last official release, it is important for us to convey there has been no time taken off in the development of ASE. There have been a number of set-backs and problems that have contributed delay in the release of v4.0 but you can see our progress in the beta releases currently available. As of this posting we have released a second beta and are planning to release a third in the near future.

ASE 4.0 includes some significant “under the hood” changes which will become most visible when you see the new ScriptSense (available for PowerShell in the current beta and for VBScript in beta 3). The new ScriptSense is a big leap forward providing support for COM, .NET and enumerated types for starters.

What is iTripoli doing for its customers as a result of these delays? No matter what happens behind the scenes it has always been a paramount concern of ours that we keep everyone as happy as possible. To that end, you will notice we have made huge changes in our maintenance renewal pricing which went from 75% of total cost to only 25% of total cost. We also don’t want anyone to be left out in the cold when it comes to getting their hands on ASE 4, so if you should try to use ASE 4 and find your maintenance will not allow it, we will provide a free maintenance extension of up to three months to ensure eligibility. Of course, we’d prefer you support us in purchasing our reduced-cost maintenance packages, but we want you to know you are a valued customer and it is important you are happy with us. To obtain this extension, simply open a ticket requesting it along with your license details via our support center.

As a result of the many unforeseen issues we have faced in this release, it is now clear that our earlier projections were optimistic. Therefore we are unwilling to make the same mistake and provide a date for when ASE 4 will be released. What we can tell you with confidence and excitement is that we are making good progress in our dream of taking ASE to a new level with this release and your feedback on the beta releases (along with our own QA efforts) will dictate when we feel it is ready for general release. We are hopeful that beta 3 will be the final beta and we can go from there to release, but as we are keenly aware we cannot see the future, that is the extent of the commitment we are willing to make at this time.

How can you help us with a strong release?

  1. Try the beta release and give us your valuable feedback!
  2. Let us know what languages and features you care about in our simple survey so we can keep our resources focused on what matters most to you. Find the survey on the ASE Today page when running Admin Script Editor, or in the sidebar of our solutions page online.

Video: The ASE COM Browser

The first in a series of new videos providing some quick detail on the many features of ASE…

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