Big News from Bibble Labs
Hello Friends and Customers,
As you have seen in these forums, things have been a little quieter around here over the last several months. We’ve just posted the final version of Bibble 5.2.3 – including support for 15 additional camera models and many additional improvements and bugs fixes. But that’s not the big news…
Earlier last year, Bibble Labs was purchased by Corel, one of the world’s leading developers of graphics, digital media and productivity software with titles that include CorelDRAW, WordPerfect, WinZip, PaintShop Pro , Painter and VideoStudio. This was something that I worked on for over a year, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. We've kept this confidential up until now- largely because we’ve been “heads down” working on product development- but we’re very excited to be knitting these two companies together. We’ll be making an announcement next week at CES, but as our supporters and customers, ya’ll are some of the first to hear about this.
Corel bought us for a couple of reasons. First, they were looking for a top-of-the-line technology to complement PaintShop Pro, their flagship photo editing solution. They were blown away by the speed of Bibble’s technology and saw the opportunity to invest even more in development and in bringing our technology to even more users- something that Bibble Labs simply couldn’t afford to do on our own. We’ve been working with the Corel team for the past few months and it’s clear they’re committed. They are excited about our technology and processing power, and the opportunities we see to take the product forward. They recently released PaintShop Pro to very strong user and industry reviews, and are now keen to offer photographers a powerful workflow and management solution. Corel knew there was no better match for them than Bibble.
All of us at Bibble have joined the Corel team. We're keeping Mac and Linux support and we’re staying in Austin. I’m now running product development for Corel’s new photo workflow solution that is based on the core Bibble technology. What’s even better is that I now have access to dedicated user interface and graphic designers who are helping to improve usability and make the product even better looking. I also now have a full QA team dedicated to product testing, along with documentation and localization teams, marketing and sales teams, and a huge, international distribution system to help get our technology the notice it deserves. We also have access to a customer support team to help provide the personal attention I had always wanted to provide, but couldn’t do on my own. Not only does this mean that many more folks are working on this product than ever have before, but it also means that all of us at the Labs can focus 100% on the core technology and the product.
I’ll be sending out a newsletter via email early next week with additional details from our announcement at CES, but I first wanted to share this great news with you!
As we gear up for CES and the launch of our new Corel-branded photo workflow and management solution, we’ll no longer be selling Bibble 5. The update we just posted for Bibble 5.2.3 is the last planned release of Bibble 5, and we’ll be in touch in the next few days with details about our new release, special offers and how you can take it for a test drive.
We’re excited about 2012 and introducing you to our extended team at Corel. It’s a great group of people who, like me and all of you, are avid photographers. Enjoy Bibble 5.2.3, and get ready for what we believe is our best release yet!
Jeff Stephens & the Bibble Labs team