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Free Updates Available

July 22nd, 2009 by admin

There are free updates for the following products:

  • Ultimate Plus – latest version: 8.0.2
  • Ultimate – latest version: 8.0.1
  • Premium – latest version 8.0.1

The updates address an issue with a test and corrects other minor issues.

To find your version number:

  1. Open the product
  2. Click on “help” 
  3. Click on “about” 

To install an update:

  1. Open the product
  2. Click on “help”
  3. Click on “online updates”
  4. Download and install your updates

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Screenshots and videos

June 24th, 2008 by admin

We added screenshots and videos to our website.  The screenshots and videos show the quality of our products.  In addition, the help video shows you how to create stunning Masonic graphics with our “Premium” graphics. 

 

Screenshots

Videos

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Site Map

April 9th, 2008 by admin

We posted a site map to help you navigate our site.

The site map url: http://www.masonicsoftware.com/sitemap

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New Release & Product Upgrades

March 16th, 2008 by admin

New Release

We are very proud to announce a new product, the Award, Certificate, and Record. The ACR includes the ability to print awards and certificates, Masonic records, and degree work boilers for EA, FC, MM, AASR, and YR.

Product Upgrades

The Ultimate Plus, Ultimate, Library, Premium, and Standard received a facelift. Our Masonic tests also received a facelift. The new look is based on recommendations and requests from Brothers like you. The idea was to keep our simple navigation, but to make the text easier to read and the background pleasing to the eye.  In addition, we added "Premium" Masonic graphics, eBooks, and more.

Music Plus was also updated. Instead of shipping on two CDs, it now ships on three CDs. The eBooks now ship on a separate CD. This will make installation and usability much better. In addition, we now include The Odes of Freemasonry.

The Masonic Tracing Board has always been one of my favorite products. It now includes “real” tracing boards for EA, FC, and MM. In addition, it includes the Masonic Chart. These beautiful graphics were redrawn by hand. In addition, we also had the Reflected Rays of Masonic Light retyped. It is a stunning eBook made in Microsoft’s .doc format so you lift text and include in your educational material.

Retired products:

We retired Test and Professional from our Mosaic line. This was a hard decision, but it was decided to trim our product line in order to make the purchase process less intimidating. With the removal of the Test and Professional we went from seven products in the Mosaic line to five.

Mac

We are sometimes asked what happened to our Mac line of products that we launched in 2005. Back in early 2006 a company named Parallels became popular with a product that could run Windows XP on a Mac (in a virtual PC). Around the same time Apple (makers of the Mac computers) released an upgrade that allowed for users to run Windows XP in a dual-boot.

With the release of those two products our Mac sales dropped to one or two every four or five months. Unfortunately, the line could not sustain itself; we had to retire our entire Mac line. I have serious doubts that we will bring the Mac product line out of retirement anytime soon.

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Where did you go?

March 16th, 2008 by admin

Many Brothers were emailing us asking if we were out of business or if we had given up producing and updating our products. No! Not by a long shot.

To provide an understanding of what happened, I’ll have to go back to Oct of 2006. At that time we had updates ready to launch. We added a bunch of graphics, web templates, ebooks, and screensavers. During our testing I stumbled upon an article I wrote in 1997 explaining what I wanted to accomplish and the goals I had set.

It was then that I realized I had veered off course over the years. Frankly speaking, the Ultimate Plus, for example, had started to become a tool for “everyone” instead of “just Masons.” Having 1,500 graphics that were not “Masonic in nature” was not an original goal I had set to accomplish. Based on what I wrote in 97, I stopped work on the release and decided to refocus and search for that which was lost.

In my refocus and search, I ended up with two basic principles that I wanted to apply to our products: quality and value. After looking at what we were going to release it was decided not only to stop the release but to start over. Yes, redo the entire product line.

Looking back, I think many ideas and products were focused on quantity instead of quality. This hit home when we started testing our new graphics. Our original goal with the new graphics was to build 2000 or so graphics off the boilers we designed. This was a great idea, in that we could hold to our roughly 2000 graphics number (in our previous products) and provide Brothers with nice Masonic graphics.

It all came to stop when one of our testers took a look at our graphics and said they were really nice, but he could not use them. He said the colors and size were not what he wanted. We went back and forth on the issue, until finally we sent him a link to download a graphical software program (that we include on our CD), the boiler we used for the graphic, and instructions on how to make his own graphics.

Considering he was not a graphic artist, he produced some nice graphics and was very happy with the results. In his final email he said that we should “release the boilers since they were something that Brothers would want and could use.”

We stopped focusing on quantity and now focus on products that we believe represents what Brothers will use. It is nice to say that you have 2000 graphics or 200 screensavers, but if they are not things you would use, what is the point.

That is why we were gone for so long. We were working on a shift in thinking at MasonicSoftware.com. Personally, I’m very happy with the results. Even in the value section, the Ultimate Plus is truly amazing. It now includes additional ebooks along with the Tracing Board and Award, Certificate, and Record. This is a product a Brother can purchase after being raised and use throughout his Masonic career. That is what we should be striving for here. If we can help one Brother, we are successful. I truly believe these products will do just that.

F&S,

Brother Mathews

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Web Site Updates

March 16th, 2008 by admin

We finished our web site updates today.  Now all pages will be faster for Brothers on dial up since we went from an average of 17 seconds load time to an average of 7 seconds.  In addition, we made the text of the site easier to view along with an improved layout. 

If you find  issues or typos, please let us know via the contact section, we would sincerely appreciate it! 

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