Judebear Software
Judebear Software.

As sweet as honey, and not nearly as sticky.

Our software:

Judebear Fonts—we offer a few fonts for download in the cross-platform OpenType format (OTF), including the Diovol font family, Rock Tree, and Mucha.

MacSignify—email signature randomizer for use with Eudora and other applications. Version 3.0 released on 30 April 2002. MacSignify was the first signature generator for Macintosh which can include information on the track you're currently listening to in iTunes! And it's still the best. (In our so-very-humble opinion...)

MacLorem—Generates random body text for use in graphic design. Version 2.0 was released on 20 November 2002. The new version ads lots of new features, such as the ability to save the generated text as a .txt file or as HTML, and the addition of three more languages.

MacBard—A toy for musicians of all levels. Generates semi-random chord sequences, but leaves you much creative room. Carbonized for OS 8.x to 10.x. Version 0.2b released on 4 January 2002.

ChrChecker (coming soon)

Text Munger (coming soon)

Who is Judebear Software?

Way back in the heady days when TRS-80s ruled desktops, a middle-school-aged aspiring geek—me, Dave Ward—haunted the local Radio Shack in an obscure town in Western Washington State, U.S.A. Dancing Demon and the guards from Raaka-Tu became some of my best friends (or maybe it was worst enemies—damn guards!) I lived and breathed TRS-80 Level II BASIC, learning to program by typing line listings from magazines and books and figuring out how it all worked by just getting in there and doing it. More than one assembly language programmer were surprised by what I could accomplish within BASIC and urged me to learn assembly, but I never really tackled that language. Sadly, my own beloved TRS-80 Model III went belly-up in the mid-1980s, and I took up other activities than programming for years after.

After several years of using a Laser 128 (and Apple IIe clone), I was introduced to the Macintosh. Since then I've used the Mac extensively for everything from graphics and publishing to recording my own music. I dabbled with REALbasic a couple times, but some of the concepts were beyond me at the moment. Where are the GOTO and GOSUB commands? If a program doesn't have line numbers, how am I supposed to know what is going on at any given time? I'd mastered HTML and even learned some JavaScripting, but still had trouble. In mid-October 2001 my friend Rick helped me get a few basic concepts of object oriented programming, and I've been taking off fast from there. It's great to be programming again. I'd nearly forgotten the exhileration of it, and the sense of accomplishment when it works out just right. REALbasic is a great tool, and has been a great way for an old-school programmer to brush the dust off and quickly catch up to where things are now. It's very nice to cross over from "user" to "programmer" once again. Judebear Software is just a name under which I group the programs I write, and under which I release them.

Okay, but who is Judebear?

This is Jude, the fabled bear of song and story:

Judebear: a very small bear named Jude

"I fear thee, ancient beariner,
I fear thy furrèd paw!"

            —The Rime of the Ancient Beariner

Judebear Software links:

VersionTrackers Judebear Software page

All contents ©2001, 2004 by Dave Ward, including any and all versions of the software. The software is provided as-is, you’re responsible for what you do with it, I’m not responsible for damage, blah blah, all the usual software disclaimers.