Here is an email conversation with a new customer:
I just purchased Small Business Tracker (SBT) and wanted
to tell you what a great program it is. I had written a program
for myself in a database manager some years ago when I was freelancing
and had not used it in a while. Recently, I got a freelance gig
and found that my database had somehow gotten corrupted beyond repair.
Now I was faced with having to build a new one from scratch, which
would be kind of fun except that now I work full-time and have projects
on the side, so I don't have the time I once did to make an elaborate
system such as this. Nonetheless, that's what I was starting to
do until my sweet and resourceful girlfriend got on the Web and
It looked good, but my fear was that it would be buggy or clunky,
as software from one-man shops and humungous corporations often
is. I downloaded the demo and started using it. Much to my surprise,
it is fast, stable, and more comprehensive than I'd hoped. For
instance, my project is a sound design project, so Version Tracker
is perfect for tracking revisions I do in response to client feedback,
and the Task Tracker is great for recording that client feedback.
Further, there were some features that clearly reflected first-hand
knowledge of how freelancers work, like the timer system in the
Sure, SBT doesn't have the gorgeous graphic and structural polish
of a company with a team of people working on the product, but I
sure wouldn't call it crude or rough-edged.
Having worked with the demo for four or five days, I was entirely
satisfied that it was worth the $149 investment, as well as worth
taking a moment to thank you for a fine product.
Anyway, enough blather. Thanks for SBT. I will probably be mailing
you suggestions and, if I find bugs, bug reports as time goes on.
I hope you will them useful; I assure you they will be offered in
a spirit of positive constructivism.
Larry the O
Toys In the Attic
Thank you very much for your kind words and feedback. I occasionally
get a thank you note, but yours is probably the best I have ever
received. Would it be OK with you to use all or part of it as a
testimonial? Do you have a website or business that you would like
me to mention?
I'm glad to hear you appreciate version tracker. It is one component
that is rarely used by most people, but can be very important to
The software is pretty stable, but as with any database, corruption
can occur, so make sure you create backup files regularly.
Let me know if you have any other questions or comments about
SpiritWorks Software Development
You are more than welcome to use any of my comments in your materials.
Just so you know a bit more about what I do:
I have been a professional in the areas of audio and music for
over 25 years. In that time, I have earned a living doing a combination
of performing music, recording engineering, producing, live sound
engineering, sound design for tv, films, video games and industrial
applications, and writing. In fact, I don't think I'm being too
egotistical to say that I am one of the better know writers in the
area of audio, having been a Contributing Editor for seven years
to Mix magazine, the world's leading trade magazine for that sector,
and a Contributing Editor for at least that long (and currently)
to Electronic Musician, Mix's sister magazine and the leading magazine
for electronic music and home recording. I have a monthly column
on the last page of that magazine called "Final Mix."
I am currently using SBT for an industrial sound design project
creating sounds and synthesized voice files for a Silicon Valley
startup that is building a new GPS-based in-car navigation system.
However, all of this is basically on the side; my "day gig" is
as a Senior Marketing Writer for a high-end live sound loudspeaker
manufacturer called Meyer Sound.
Anyway, as someone who has built my own system, I am, indeed
impressed and look forward to using SBT and building a relationship
Larry the O
Toys In the Attic