Transition to online/web version only
After much debate, we will begin to transition to only offering the online/web version of the program. This will likely occur over the next six months, but could take longer. Most of our customers are already using the web/online version. We will raise the price of the desktop version to encourage the transition.
Having multiple versions has led to a lot of confusion. Although we explain in our FAQ and other places in our website, confusion remains. The fact of the matter is that many people don’t understand the difference between an installed application and a web application that is run through a browser. We have had many customers purchase the desktop version thinking that they purchased the online/web version.
In order to simplify, we will transition to just offering the online/web version as this is the preferred version used now by most of our customers. We understand that some will not like this change, but we feel that for the majority of customers this will simplify things and lead to less confusion.
Release of Version 4.9.11
We have updated our desktop version to include all released 140 cases. This will likely be the last update to the desktop version as we will be transitioning to just the web/online version as the majority of customers are now using this version.
To update, please go to our download page here. Download the latest version and uninstall the old version and install the newer version. You should not need to reactivate/re-register when you update versions.
We released desktop version 4.9.10. This added 5 new cases and cleaned up some minor issues. If you use the online version, all updates are automatically updated, so you do not need to do anything. We continue to plan for new cases and new features.
We continue to have frank abuse of our 12-month subscription policy for the desktop version. In order to curb abuse, we will be adjusting the desktop version subscription to 6 months instead of 12 months starting in April 2021. However, we will not deactivate the desktop version after 6 months, so the program can continue to be used even after the 6-month period, but if anything happens to the computer or support is required after the 6-month period, then the account will be considered expired. This should help curb abuse but still allow our customers to be able to use the program as it was intended. In our experience, the majority of people only take 1-3 months to study for the USMLE. If we have customers that wish to study longer, they can either buy the 12-month web version or buy the desktop version and install on a reliable computer that is unlikely to have any issues.
We tried really hard to make the January 1, 2021 deadline. We were working 80 hour weeks, but we keep getting caught up in adding new features. “What if we added this to the program…” is to blame for the delayed release. On paper it sounded easy, but the features turned out to be more complex than anticipated. One of the new features that can be blamed for the delay in release is the save incomplete cases and restore incomplete cases feature. For example, if you exit a case in the middle because you got interrupted or you accidentally refreshed the browser or whatever, your progress will be saved, and you have the option to start where you left off).
The other feature was selecting and ordering multiple orders in the order menu. We also had to refine features like High Yield (to be a voting system for which cases is most liked by students – in the future when enough customers have voted, the ability to sort and group by High Yield will be available). We also were busy adding new cases (4 cases were added – we went ahead and released them to the Desktop version early).
Enough excuses. We apologize for some customers who have been patiently awaiting for the online version. You can try it out free by signing up for our demo here.
We hope you like it. It took a lot of work!