As part of our announcement of the release of ProPhoto version 5, we mentioned that we have a proofing/ordering plugin in the works for later this spring. For those waiting for news on this, here are a few bits of additional detail.
We’ve already entered into a period of beta-testing for the new proofing plugin. At this point the beta period is invitation only. As we expand the private beta in the weeks to come, we may be looking for some more volunteers, so keep an eye on our twitter and here on the blog if you’re anxious to try it out at the earliest possible date.
At the end of April, we plan to switch into a “public” beta period. At that point, the proofing plugin will be publicly available for sale and we should have *most* of the major kinks ironed out. But it will still be beta software — you can expect some glitches to be fixed and a few features to be added and refined after the public beta commences. If you’re moderately tech-savvy and not afraid of a bit of instability, you can plan on jumping on board during the public beta.
Finally, in mid-July we hope to bring the Proofing plugin out of beta-completely, with all of the major functionality planned for the initial release in and stable.
Seeking some input
In order to communicate with our private beta testers, I recently made a temporary Facebook Page dedicated to communication and gathering feedback regarding the proofing plugin. If you’re really interested in following what’s happening in the beta period (even if you you’re not a beta tester) or just want to weigh in on some of the discussions and polls we’ll be putting up there, feel free to head over there and read and comment.