We are pleased to announce…
…the news that Enso now works on Windows Vista and Windows 2000!
We’ve just released a new Enso patch which has added compatibility with Vista and 2000. There is still only one version of Enso, though — instead of supporting a separate version of Enso for each of the three operating system versions (and making you worry about which version of the installer you need to download), we’ve just made one Enso version that’s compatible with all three.
If everything works as planned, your copy of Enso should be automatically updating itself to include the new patch.
If you’ve been wanting to try Enso but your operating system wasn’t supported, now’s your chance to try out our full-featured free demos.
If you’re using Enso on Windows XP, this patch still has something for you. As usual, we’ve fixed all the bugs we could, so the situations where Enso could crash — already pretty rare — have become even more rare.
Also, you can now get help on a particular command by typing (for instance) “help calc” or “help google”.
Speaking of help and rare situations, there’s a new pattern we’re starting to follow: If Enso runs into a weird situation — for instance, if it can’t complete your command for some reason — it will put up a short error message, and if you want to find out exactly what went wrong, you can use the “tell me more” command. At the moment, there’s only one place where we’re using this pattern, and you might never even encounter it. But our goal is to take care of every problem, not just most of them, in a humane way. So we’ll probably be adding more uses for “tell me more” as we expand on Enso.
The other big change is in the way Enso gets installed. If you’re upgrading an existing installation of Enso, this won’t affect you. But from now on, when you install Enso on a new computer, you’ll be installing it just for one user account (your own) and not for all user accounts on the computer.
If you’re the only one who uses your computer, there’s not much difference. But if you have a family computer with an account for each family member, how will this affect you?
First of all, let me be perfectly clear: We’re not going to start charging you for each user of your computer. (That would be silly.) You’re still welcome to buy a single license and use it to register Enso for multiple users on the computer.
So why are we making this change? There are a couple of advantages for you. The big one is the ability to install Enso from a regular user account now, not just an administrator account. For security reasons, it’s better to use the administrator account only for the things that absolutely need it — and Enso isn’t one of them.
Also, this change means that preferences are now per-user too, which we think is an improvement. Suppose I want to hold down Caps Lock to activate Enso, but I share a computer with someone who wants to tap the right Shift key to activate Enso. We don’t have to fight over it if we can each have our own settings.
Finally, trial periods are also per-user now: if somebody else on your computer has been using a trial for 30 days, this no longer prevents you from downloading a trial on your account and having 30 days of your own. (Can you tell we want as many people to use the trial as possible?)
We’re already at work on the next Enso patch, which will add a very exciting new feature. I can barely wait to show it to you, but I’ll restrain myself until the feature is ready.
Please note: Since January 15, 2008, all Enso products have been free. Any information in the above post about prices, trials, or demos is, therefoure, out-of-date. To get the latest version of Enso, free of charge, see the main Enso page.