So some people are asking what is happening to RetroCopy. Is it being worked on at the moment? When will the final version of v1.0 be ready?
I'm writing this on behalf of Ralph, who is busy working on another project at the moment. We don't want to reveal too much about it yet, other than that it's a game with some similarities to classic retro games of the past. It's coming along nicely, and will be awesome when finished (my personal opinion).
So, why is Ralph working on this game instead of RetroCopy? The answer is as simple/difficult as money, something we can't manage without in our modern capitalized world. Programming is not just a hobby Ralph has besides a normal job - programming is his job! He is self-employed, and needs to write programs which will earn him and his family money, so that they can eat and have a place to live. Like any normal person who wasn't born to be the prince of Saudi Arabia.
At the moment, RetroCopy isn't that kind of a program. It has great potential though, and we will work on finding ways to make some money with it. Finding sponsors is one solution, and there are many other solutions we will look into. Please don't hesitate to write in the comments field below your thought about this and if you have any ideas how to solve this.
In the meanwhile, Ralph hopes the game he is working on will be successful, and if it is and it's possible it could bring in some cash, that would mean development on RetroCopy could continue. At least for a while.
So the short answer to what is happening to RetroCopy at the moment is - not too much. I'm making game themes which can be used in RetroCopy v1.0 though, and at the moment have about 40 themes ready (a lot more than what has been published on the site). Also, some of the work Ralph is doing on the game he is working on at the moment benefits RetroCopy, as the two programs share some code.
When will RetroCopy v1.0 be finished. Unfortunately, there's no way of telling. First the game Ralph is working on needs to be completed, and even when he eventually gets back to working on RetroCopy, there's a LOT which needs to be done. We want RetroCopy v1.0 to be perfect, and as you can tell from downloading the latest v1.0 beta, there's still lots of stuff which needs to be fixed and added.
I'll let you know more of what's going on behind the scenes, once we have decided upon a strategy for how we want to move forward with RetroCopy. The future could be bright, but it all depends on that silly, little thing we can't manage without in order to survive - money.