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Funding & Software status
crowdfunding failed at 66% of the goal
Now funding next step with direct
See update from
Nov. 2016 and March 2018 at the bottom!
Spekwin32 was first put in use as optical spectroscopy software in
early 2000, it was just a little tool for me and about five fellow
PhD students from Prof. Daltrozzo's physical chemistry workgroup at
Within the following year Spekwin32 found more users throughout the
chemistry department and finally the first (German only) website
was created end of 2001.
Its first citation
in a published outside scientific work (a PhD thesis) was in 2004,
which was the same year when I created an English version of the software
and also the website.
all the years since, website traffic and download numbers were steadily
growing, as well as its user base in academic and industrial settings.
The range of functionalities,
the performance and the ease-of-use were continuously improved.
In the year 2010, the commercial
licensing scheme was introduced, which earnêd enough revenues
to pay the expenses, but not much more. And did not even remotely
compensate for expenditure of time.
State (as of 02/2016)
estimated 10,000 - 15,000 satisfied
users from all over the world, 90% thereof academics.
5000 individuals downloading
the software per year.
problem solving with about 400 individual users every year
publications mentioning the use of Spekwin32
purchased commercial licenses since 2010
person handling everything during his spare time
the future, with your contribution:
despite the software going strong, it is also growing old and further
development is hampered by its outdated foundations. Therefore, there
is urgent need for modernization and along the way also for enhancing
its functionality. Here comes a list of relevant topics, I need
your opinion in order to prioritize them! For this, please
fill in the questionnaire. A 6-page document describing
the details is available: Spekwin32_Masterplan.pdf
development environment + technology level
vs. 64bit, Unicode
FileOpen/ FileSave dialogs
name & icon
look & feel
batch execution of sequence of steps
matching, library search
the time since leaving university in 2005, I developed, maintained
& supported Spekwin32 and it's users in my spare time. During
all these years, I never requested anything from the non-commercial
users of Spekwin32, except asking for their feedback and sample
files. I always enjoyed this and I still do, but the project described
above is too big to be done in my spare time.
Since three years, I consider doing this, since three years I postponed
it. The evenings and week-ends are just too short and too scattered,
and my family is too important to me to sacrifice all available
time for this. It will take an estimated three months of full-time
work to get this ready. Therefore, after the failed Kickstarter
campaign, I now created a way for direct
fundraising in order to fund the development of a brand
new modernized successor to Spekwin32.
28 2016: With the direct fundraising attempt, about 23% of the
initial Kickstarter goal could be raised. Which was enough for me
to begin the work in mid June. During the last months I was working
full-time on the new software, while the funding sum slowly rose
to about EUR 7100, which corresponds to 29% of the Kickstarter goal.
After some interruption due to change of location, finally released
the first version of the new software on Nov. 11: Spectragryph
Now, it is up to you again to enable the next development steps
to create a really versatile generally usable spectroscopy software.
Let's reach a funding sum of
EUR 12000 (50% of the Kickstarter goal) and I will create new functionality
like spectral database search, automation of processing steps and
spectrometer hardware control!
6. 2018: Since the initial release of Spectragryph, a lot of
work has been done and major functionality has been created (see
Today, another funding round started, with the goal of raising the
total sum from EUR 14,5000 to EUR 20,000. This will help developing
further functionality and create an even better and more versatile
software, while maintaining the current ease-of-use.