EDIT: Don't miss this followup post: The Future of Feathers UI: Part 2 — Haxe and OpenFL
In late 2012, Adobe started generously providing me with financial support to develop my open source UI component library, Feathers UI. For the last six years, I've had the privilege of interacting with, being inspired by, and sharing my work with the Flash community. Additionally, collaborating with Daniel Sperl — the creator Starling — has been a major highlight of my career. Daniel is intelligent, kind, and one of the best developers that I've ever worked with. This time of my life will be one that I always look back on and smile.
This year, Adobe has chosen to stop funding my work on Feathers UI. As you know, Adobe will also stop updating and distributing Flash Player in 2020. Later this year, most web browsers will disable the Flash Player plugin by default. There's no specific word on the future of AIR yet, but I think we've all noticed that AIR updates have been getting smaller and smaller lately. Things are winding down in the Flash world, but it's been quite a wild ride!
Last week, I released Feathers 4.0. While I'd love to continue building new UI components and adding new features, I expect that this will be one of the final updates that Feathers receives. Without a sponsor like Adobe, I need to find different sources of income, and I won't be able to dedicate very much time to this project anymore. I hope to release at least one more update by the end of 2019 that includes the latest bug fixes, and I'll try my best to remain active in the forums.
If you'd still like to see any new features or components added to Feathers, I'm available for hire. Please visit the Bowler Hat LLC website, and submit a proposal through the contact form.
Or, if your company has invested heavily in Feathers already, and you want to keep using Feathers when you switch to a new platform, please contact me about becoming a sponsor. I'd love the chance to keep working on Feathers for years to come!
Additionally, I am also available to work on projects where you have a Flash application (especially those built with either Flex or Feathers!) that needs to be migrated to HTML/CSS/JS. Over the last year, I've started working with React and TypeScript, and I ported a large Apache Flex web application to React. This migration went really well, and you can read about my experiences on my blog:
Once again, if you'd like to hire me, please visit my company website and let me know a little bit about your project.
Thank you, community, for the years of enthusiastic support and insightful feedback. I couldn't have kept at it this long without you all, and my heart is overflowing with joy from all of the great memories.