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Solitaire Till Dawn

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January 2, 2014

After over five years of development, the new version of Solitaire Till Dawn that is compatible with Lion-and-later is available for beta testing. This means that, while it is not yet finished and may have bugs, it is now ready for a serious real-world workout. If you're willing to put pre-release software on your Mac and you are running Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later, please visit our Beta page to learn how to submit bug reports, and download the beta version.

New Name: We are now Semicolon LLC!
August 1, 2013

In April 2013, we moved our home and our business from Silicon Valley in California up to the Portland area in Oregon. At this time we also reorganized our business to be an LLC, a "limited liability company". We dropped the word "Software" from our name, not because we are giving up software (we are not!) but because we are branching out a bit into other endeavors as well.

Those of you who are waiting for the release of the new Solitaire Till Dawn, never fear: we are still working hard on it, and making progress. The name change won't affect any of you; we just wanted to tell you about it so you wouldn't wonder at the minor changes in our Web pages here.

What About (Mountain) Lion?
December 7, 2012

YES, we know: OS X version 10.7 ("Lion") and 10.8 ("Mountain Lion") will not support Rosetta. And that means that until we tell you differently, Solitaire Till Dawn will not run on these systems.

We are working on a new version of Solitaire Till Dawn that will be fully modern and compatible with Lion. At this time, we can't predict when it will become available.

In the meantime, please keep an eye on this site for news of a new release when it happens, and if you like, drop in on the Solitaire Till Dawn blog for occasional progress reports.

And what about iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch?

Yes, we know that everybody wants Solitaire Till Dawn on their mobile devices! We do, too. But that has to come later: our first priority is our many Mac desktop customers who don't want to lose Solitaire Till Dawn when they upgrade to Lion. After that, we'll see about iPads and such.

Version 1.5.1: Leopard and Snow Leopard
October 31, 2007
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Version 1.5.1 fixes a small incompatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). If you already have version 1.5 and you have registered your copy, then you don't need version 1.5.1. If you haven't purchased yet, and you have problems doing so, try version 1.5.1.

Version 1.5.1 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but you must also install Apple's Rosetta module. Rosetta was included in earlier versions of Mac OS X. It is also included in Snow Leopard (you do not need to purchase it), but by default it is not installed. You can install Rosetta as part of your initial Snow Leopard installation, or afterward by trying to open Solitaire Till Dawn X or another non-Intel-native application.

We are working on an Intel-native version which will not require Rosetta, but we cannot yet announce a release date.

Solitaire Till Dawn Turns 15
April 24, 2006

Solitaire Till Dawn 1.0 was first released in 1991! That original version had all of nine games, and ran in a mind-boggling 16 colors, if you could afford one of the new, expensive Macintosh II color-capable computers. But if all you had was a Macintosh Plus with a tiny, black-and-white screen, you could still run Solitaire Till Dawn! If you scroll on down, you can see some screen shots and history of Solitaire Till Dawn over its fifteen years.

Read the review in Macworld Magazine!

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Requires Mac OS 10.1.4 or later. Not available for Windows.
Fully compatible with Jaguar, Panther, and Tiger.
Intel-compatible under Rosetta. Try it, it works!
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Free upgrade from earlier versions of Solitaire Till Dawn X.


A Brief History of Solitaire Till Dawn

  Solitaire Till Dawn 1.0 is released! It ran in black and white or 16 colors, on any size Mac monitor then available, and offered nine games. The full version came only by mail-order, but a free demo was available. This was before the World Wide Web (!) so while you could download the demo from the Internet, most people found it on floppy disks created by their local Macintosh User Group.

Here's how it looked on a Mac Plus:

Version 1.0 Screenshot

“Sherman, set the Wayback Machine...”
Actually this shot was taken using Mac OS X 10.4 and the Classic Environment. You can tell because the window frame is too modern, although we reduced it to black-and-white to give it that old-timey look.
  Solitaire Till Dawn 2.0 comes out with 15 new games, bringing the total to 24. But more important, perhaps, were two other changes: greatly improved color graphics (up to 256 colors!) with larger cards suitable for larger screens, and no more demo versions -- the fully enabled version became available for download.

With these changes, sales of Solitaire Till Dawn increased by a factor of ten or more!

  We continued to develop the classic version of Solitaire Till Dawn through the following years. We kept it compatible with each new Mac OS release, added new, larger card sizes, and survived Apple's transition from the Motorola 68000 to the PowerPC chip family.

We added still more games, until the classic version topped out at 40 different solitaires. These included the great favorite Grandma's Game, which (to this day, as far as we know) has never been offered by any other computer solitaire; and the games Manx and Tabby Cat which were created expressly for Solitaire Till Dawn.

And we added another feature we haven't seen in other solitaires: the popular Magnetic Mouse. This unique feature allows nearly clickless play. It was intended as a relief for repetitive-strain sufferers, but our customers now tell us they love it because they can play on their laptops in bed without making clicking noises to disturb a sleeping spouse!

In September 1997, MacAddict Magazine rated Solitaire Till Dawn as “Freakin' Awesome!”

  Then in 2001 came the great change -- Mac OS X! Although many classic applications run well in OS X's Classic Environment, classic Solitaire Till Dawn isn't one of them. But it was time for a change anyway! We took two years to develop Solitaire Till Dawn X, a completely new product.

Solitaire Till Dawn X started with 51 games, and again including some (such as 30 Thieves) designed just for STDX. But better than that, the "X 1.0" release featured all-new graphics, including windows that (at last!) could be as large as the largest monitor, and cards that would resize to fit the largest (or smallest!) window.

To handle our ever-lengthening list of games, the new Game Chooser window not only lets you scroll easily through all the games; it also shows you a capsule description of each game, lets you access the full rules, and even lets you filter the list down to specific types of games. Of course, the fastest way to choose a favorite game is still to pick it from a short menu, so we keep a menu of "Favorites" in the toolbar, and we let you decide which games should be there.

  Version 1.1 of Solitaire Till Dawn X arrived in 2003, and brought the return of Magnetic Mouse (which was missing in version 1.0, but you let us know how much you wanted it back!) and a new capability to create your own cardbacks from your own digital photos, clip art, or downloaded artwork. Oh yes, and 60 games!
  We'll jump ahead to Solitaire Till Dawn X 1.3, which let you use your own photos, art, or patterns for your window background, and included 75 games.

Then later in 2004, version 1.4 provided 85 games and the ability to cheat! “Three ways to cheat can help you to salvage an immoral victory from a stuck game!” (Shhh... we won't tell anybody if you won't!)

In December 2004, Macworld Magazine's Dan Frakes gave Solitaire Till Dawn X a rating of in his Mac Gems column.

  And of course, we didn't stop there. We have continued to polish, expand, and improve Solitaire Till Dawn X. The new Anniversary Edition version 1.5 offers a full 100 games -- good ones, not just a bazillion nearly-identical clones of Klondike!

Here are a few screen shots showing the wide variety of cardbacks, royalty faces, and screen backgrounds that are built into Solitaire Till Dawn X. And remember, if you don't like ours you can make your own!

Various card sizes What size cards would you like?

Choose your royalty: Traditional, Art Deco, or Fine Art Various card sizes

Create your own cardbacks Make your own cardbacks!

And finally, here are just a few of the hundreds of Décor combinations:

Various card sizes

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Last Modified February 6, 2014