[Updated December 2016 to extend sales/support dates]
As discussed below in more detail, we currently plan to continue selling KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1 through our web site until at least the end of 2017, and to provide e-mail support on a part-time basis until at least June 2018.
KEDIT first became available in 1983, and it has been sold and supported for longer than almost every other PC program ever released. But we are no longer actively working on major "new feature" releases of KEDIT, and are in the process of gradually winding down Mansfield Software Group. We also have no plans to release versions of KEDIT for other operating systems, such as for the Macintosh or for Linux, or to add support for files in Unicode format.
Many of our customers use KEDIT on a daily basis, and depend on it to help them get their work done. Our plans are always subject to change, but we want to let you know about them for your own planning purposes. That's why we began posting information about our plans for phasing out the program in the "What's New" section of our web site beginning in November 2006, which is being brought up to date in this posting:
We now include PDF versions of the KEDIT for Windows User's Guide and Reference Manual with the program. This has allowed us to sell downloadable copies of the program through our web site, eliminating a lot of the packaging, data entry, and shipping work that we previously had to do. We are not supplying printed manuals for KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1; the PDF-format documentation is the only documentation we are providing.
We have also moved from telephone-based to e-mail based technical support, so that technical support can now be handled by people working from home. We plan to provide e-mail based technical support, on a part-time basis, until at least June 2018.
Because organizations that use KEDIT, as well as individuals who change jobs, etc., may have a continuing need for additional KEDIT licenses, we plan to continue selling KEDIT through our web site until at least the end of 2017.
With all orders now going through the web, and with all technical support handled through e-mail, we closed our business office in 2008.
Use the KEDIT Mailing List Signup or Removal Form to join or unsubscribe from the KEDIT mailing list. This mailing list is the mechanism we will be using to notify you about any important KEDIT news, and about any new maintenance releases.
KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1 is the current maintenance release of KEDIT. It runs on both the 32-and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.
KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1 is a minor update to the previous release of the program (version 1.6, from December 2007). It fixes a bug that prevented KEDIT's DOS command from working on Windows 8 or later. This upgrade is free for licensed users of previous versions of KEDIT for Windows.
Should I upgrade to KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1?
If you are moving to Windows 8 or later, we recommend that you upgrade to KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1, so that KEDIT's DOS command will work properly for you.
If you are using KEDIT for Windows 1.5 or earlier, we also recommend that you upgrade to KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1, because it includes a number of important changes, originally made in version 1.6, that are necessary for KEDIT to run smoothly on recent versions of Windows.
If you are currently using KEDIT for Windows 1.6 on Windows XP, Vista, or 7, you do not need to upgrade to version 1.6.1. You are, however, welcome to do so.
(To see what version of KEDIT you have now, click on KEDIT's Help menu and select About KEDIT for Windows...)
New licenses for KEDIT for Windows 1.6.1 cost $129. The upgrade is free for licensed users of all previous versions of KEDIT for Windows, and is available as a $49 upgrade for licensed users of KEDIT for DOS and for OS/2.