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Sente 6.5 Private Preview Coming

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I am writing to tell you about the next major release of Sente, which we are labeling Sente 6.5

Why 6.5 instead of 6.3 or 7.0?  It is not 6.3 because it is a big update; much bigger than most of our "point releases."  It is not 7.0 because it will be a free upgrade to everyone with a Sente 6 license.

So, what's so big about Sente 6.5?

Well, first, it will be the biggest update to the user interface since our first release.  We have taken a close look at all aspects of the core Sente user interface and we are reworking almost everything.  The new version looks better and works better than any previous version of Sente. I love working with the new interface and I think others will, as well.  There will still be areas of the UI that need some attention, and we will be looking at these in later releases, but the parts you use on a daily basis will be much improved in 6.5.

Second, Sente 6.5 will make important improvements to some common workflows, like PDF import.  There are some relatively common tasks that have always been less efficient in Sente than they should be.  We will be addressing several of these in 6.5.

Third, Sente 6.5 will have a completely new user manual.  WIth all the changes to the software, even experienced users may find the new manual helpful. New users will definitely find it easier to learn to use Sente with this new manual.

There are some other important features that I will be discussing later, but I hope this is enough information to pique your curiosity, because this is the part where I ask for your help.

If you are a long-time Sente user who is willing to try out early releases and to give us feedback, we would like to give you early access to Sente 6.5. We will want you to try out the new interface and to tell us what you think about it.  We will eventually open up the previews to everyone, but first we want to hear from our most experienced users; those users who depend on Sente on a daily basis to get real work done. If the transition to the new interface is not successful for you, it is unlikely to be successful for others.

So, if you have been using Sente for at least six months, and preferably for several years, and if you are willing to spend some time trying out pre-release software (and you understand the critical importance of maintaining good backups at all times!), and you are willing to commit to telling us your thoughts and reactions to the new software, we would like to hear from you.
 
We want the eventual release of Sente 6.5 to be our most successful ever. And because so much about the application is changing, we want to make sure that problems and omissions are caught during the preview period and not after the release.  This all begins with our initial private preview period where we hear from our most loyal users.  

We expect the private preview period to last less than two months.  After that, we will open up the previews to everyone.

If you meet the requirements listed above, and would like to try the first preview in a few weeks when it first become available, please create a new, private support thread with your name, email address and a few words about your use of Sente.  I will respond with additional details.

Michael