Apokalypse Software Corp. Acquires Mori, Clockwork from Hog Bay Software

June 18, 2007 - Apokalypse Software Corp. today announced it has acquired the productivity applications Mori and Clockwork from Hog Bay Software, and vows to continue moving progress forward on their famed simplicity and utility.

“Mac users appreciate the functionality of these apps because they can do basic tasks simply, and yet take advantage of their rich set of tools should the need arise,” said Alfonso Guerra, founder and president of Florida-based Apokalypse Software Corp. “Mori is well-known for its ability to let a user fire off a series of quick notes which the user can then structure how they see fit whenever they like. Whether it’s outlining, tags, smart folders or any other of its organizing tools, users know Mori is a powerful writing tool that enables writers to express themselves fully.

“Clockwork is an extremely practical timing utility which allows users to quickly set up several timers that can run simultaneously. Whether they run as alarms or stopwatches, Clockwork will help you track almost anything that involves time.”

Both Mori and Clockwork were developed by Jesse Grosjean, founder of Hog Bay Software of Bangor, Maine, who sold them after much consideration to continue to work on WriteRoom, his company’s full-screen writing environment and some new product ideas.

“Selling Mori and Clockwork hasn’t been an easy decision. Clockwork (originally HBTimer) was my first Mac app, and I’ve worked on Mori for years trying to create the perfect tool to store my thoughts and keep myself organized. But it was becomming obvious that I just didn’t have time to give them the attention that they deserved. I considered three solutions, I could put them into maintinence mode and forget them, I could open source them and forget them and collect cans for rent money, or I could find another developer who was excited to keep the vision going and finding new customers. I’m very happy to report that Alfonso Guerra stepped out of door three. Mori and Clockwork will now live on in active development and with new energy behind them!”

“Alfonso Guerra. What with his living in Florida and me in Maine we’ve never met, but here’s what I know and like so far. His spelling on iChat is much better then mine. He’s got the same weakness that I have for strange URL’s… apokalypsesoftware.com? And more importantly he’s really excited about Mori and Clockwork and has the technical skills to make great things happen. And for the geeks out there, he’s also a Smalltalk hacker. And in my experience that’s a wonderful indicator of deep thinking and great ideas to come. I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

Guerra continued, “Both of these apps provide most of what a user is looking for in their product class, and in a way that is tailored to the Mac user. They work so well, they have a loyal fanbase that promotes them heavily. When Jesse first spoke about possibly offering these products to another developer, I was impressed by how strong their user community was and how well their tastes matched my own, so I jumped at the chance. My goal is to continue improving both Mori and Clockwork so they’re held up as quintessential Macintosh applications and indispensable to anyone who wants order in their lives.”

Mori is available for USD$39 and Clockwork is USD$9. More information and a free 30-day trial for both products can be found at http://apokalypsesoftware.com/products.

One response to “Apokalypse Software Corp. Acquires Mori, Clockwork from Hog Bay Software”

21 10 2007
Don (10:07:52) :

Just discovered Mori. Looks great on first glance. But I’m hesitant to spend $39 on an app that’s just changed hands. And even more important than the money is the possibility ones “life” - notes about an enormous myriad of stuff, could become useless in the future. It wouldn’t be the first time such a change went well and smoothly, perhaps even improving substantially over time, but it also wouldn’t be the first time one didn’t (or even that an app went downhill in both functionality and level of bugs).

I had such an experience, about eight years ago, when the makers of PaperPort and the software that went with it (I should have guessed that having one company make the hardware and another the software was a recipe for disaster) failed to to offer software for the then-new OS X. This was after I invested in several copies and we converted our office, as much as possible, to scanning and filing all paper documents using the system. Many hundreds of hours went down the drain with their self-serving decision, and our easy access to the old data went with it. And we had to go back to dealing with paper.

There were a number of similarly worrisome user comments in your forum. My take: Good, that you were willing to leave them there - shows integrity. But your “base” is going to be mighty nervous until you (1) answer all relevant posts promptly and (2) actually get a track record in moving forward on product updates and bug fixes. And inheriting a product that apparently has as part of its plusses an expectation that it will be modified by user consensus makes the weight all the more heavy!

So I’ll watch to see what happens in the next 30 days before I decide to migrate our ways of organizing much of our data toward Mori.

It looks promising. Good luck to you. I wish you success.

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