This is an important announcement for users of Hot Potatoes and Quandary:
We need to write the successor to Hot Potatoes 6, and we cannot do that while we're simultaneously handling the existing tech support load (which has been increasing) and processing orders (which have been decreasing).
No. The codebase is the subject of complicated agreements between multiple parties, and it would be legally difficult to release it even if we wanted to.
When it's finished. We have no idea when that will be. We have clear ideas about what it will look like, but we haven't actually written any code yet, so it will be at least two years away.
"Hot Potatoes 7" will include features which cover most of what Quandary does, so Quandary won't be developed separately.
Because we don't know whether it will be called "Hot Potatoes" or not. That depends on a number of factors (including whether the University of Victoria becomes involved in the project).
Because the programs don't make enough money. If we hired someone to do all the work we currently do to manage, support and sell HotPot and Quandary, it would cost more than the income generated from sales. It's actually cheaper to stop selling it, and focus on writing the next release.
You will be able to pay for consultations if you really want to. We'll be happy to earn money this way. But we charge standard industry rates, so it won't be cheap.