TPA Software News

  Closing Shop
  Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 12:33AM EDT by:  Kevin
With regret, I must announce that as of summer of 2017, TPA Software will be closing shop forever.

The new version of the AOL Desktop software that AOL is planning is not compatible with Windows XP (which I still use), and has very little compatibility with Visual Basic, the language used to author WavMan. It's my understanding AOL has completely redesigned the new AOL 11.x interface. Basically, the amount of time it would take to even begin to attempt to try and make WavMan compatible is more than I have to offer, plus, to be honest, there is no longer any financial compensation for it. Could I do a major upgrade, which would necessitate an upgrade fee? Probably, but with the few remaining users, and the history of complaints I receiving when doing so, it's not worth my while, or time. I apologize if this comes off harsh, but it's a fact of life, and a fact of business.

I will do my best to leave a legacy version of WavMan Profession available for download, for those who wish to remain on AOL 9.x. Registration number lookup is another matter. Make sure you have that registration number documented someplace, because once we close down, our support emails are also shutting down, and the lookup service will be no more.

This also means there will be no further updates for WavMan Pro.

It's fun a fun and sometime strange ride for the last 20 years or so, but as the man once said, 'all good things must come to an end." My efforts have moved on to WordPress and plugins and themes for WordPress. If you're into that sort of thing, feel free to stop by, or hit up the Facebook page.

Thanks for the memories!


  WavMan Professional 1.1.0 Update Available
  Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 6:28PM EDT by:  Kevin
It's been awhile, hasn't it? I guess AOL decided a new version of AOL, AOL 9.8 was necessary, which of course in it's infinite wisdom broke WavMan. But seriously, what else is new? This minor WavMan update fixes that, I think, for the most part. Here is the truth, folks:

I haven't fired up VB or any MSFT language in a long ,long time. I've moved on from VB , MSFT and TPA stuff. This site and WavMan exist mostly for legacy reasons, that is, so folks who still use WavMan can download it when needed. TPA stopped being profitable years ago. Consequently, I had to move on. If anyone is really interested, I work in PHP, Javascript and CSS now, specifically for Wordpress related things. I'm one of the lead developers at Redux Framework (with my pal Dovy), hands down the most popular options framework for WordPress theme and plugin developers out there today. Pretty soon I'll be releasing my own premium Wordpress theme, Oberen.

I also wrote a book. Vote for me by clicking the heart at the bottom of that page, if so inclined.

Anyways, I'm still happy to do minor updates for WavMan, as needed, as long as no major rewrites are required. Feel free to kick a couple of bucks my way for the time, again, if so inclined. :) Use the button/link below:

  Another donation thank you!
  Saturday, August 3, 2013 @ 9:04AM EDT by:  Kevin
A big thank you to Ilana from New York for her donation to help keep up and around. :)

  The future of TPA Software. Please read...
  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 1:04PM EDT by:  Kevin
Based on some comments and emails about our asking for donations, there seems to be some misconception about why we've began asking for them. The first one involves the perception that I maintain this site and WavMan full time, as if it's my only job, or my only lot in life. It is not. It has not been for several years. AOL's place in cyberspace has shifted radically in the last decade. Some might say it's fading away (I would partially agree with that), some might say say they're attempting to reinvent themselves as a news and advertising portal since they bought up Huffington Post. Either way, since the usage of the AOL 9.x desktop client and general membership has waned significantly, so has the demand for our software. This was always to have been expected. Our biggest competitor closed his doors almost six years ago. I understand why he did so, it's a lot of work to write maintenance code for new operating systems, using programming software that is obsolete, and has been since 2001. It's also a lot of work we do now for almost nothing. As grateful as we are for those who have registered our software over the years, they don't cover the cost of operating and maintaining the software and this site years after the fact.

This is not a complaint, this is reality.

The reality also is, I've taken on new avenues of employment to pay those darned bills! The time I spend doing things related to WavMan and this site are more volunteer and loyalty to remaining WavMan users. The other reality of this situation is I now spend my own money to keep keep this site operating, so previously registered user may still redownload the software and when necessary, ask for their registration number when they lost it. I've been doing this for several years now without complaint. I've come to a point where, honestly, I don't want to anymore. It's taking away from other more important things I need to be taking care of, things like my home, my car, my children, etc. I don't believe it's unreasonable to ask for small donations from the several hundred of you who still use the software and the resources of this site. Bandwidth isn't free, even if my time is. This site still pulls down over a GB a month for WavMan alone.

I'm still happy to fix WavMan when the need arises, when I am able to. I'm still happy to answer the support emails and lost registration number requests. I'm simply asking for the remaining WavMan community to help support the site that continues to serve you.

Here is the final piece of reality I should also make you aware of: If no one feels the need to help support this site, it will close. If my hosting company doesn't get paid, they will shut the site down. If that happens, it's for good. this means no one will be able to download, or re-download WavMan, or any of the other program. As the installer for WavMan is web based (meaning it downloads files on demand, instead of one huge file) the installer will not start and nothing will be downloaded, because the files won't exist. It also means there will no longer be any registration number look up. All the email addresses we use will cease to exist. It also means after after nineteen years, I'll be able to close my AOL account, as I will no longer need it. In short, no one anywhere will be able to re-download the program or get registration numbers for it (the SOLE exception will be for the people who do donate). I understand this sounds harsh and unfair. It's the reality of the situation.

I'm completely happy to give my time and effort to continue this work for no other reason than loyalty (that's the kind of dude I am). I'm humbly asking for your help to keep our doors of this web site open for as long as we can. Nothing more, thing less. If 20 people donate five bucks apiece, that's another year we can stay open (my provider offers a substantial discount if I pay a year in advance). Those who do will get a site thank you and a link to your business, personal page, etc, if you so chose. At some point in the near future, this site will have a widget specifically for donators.

As of this writing, and thanks to Gloria K. for her generosity, there is enough in our kitty to keep open till October (unless we reach our goal before then, otherwise it'll be a full YEAR). Make sure you thank her by visiting her website, available on the front page of this site.

There we go folks. I've pleaded my case. The future of this site and WavMan is now up to you. :)

You can donate now by clicking the button below.

Thank you for your consideration.

- Kev

  WavMan Professional 1.0.48 now available
  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 12:18PM EDT by:  Kevin
This maintenance release of WavMan fixes the following:

1. Restores the previous ordering system, as the new onw wasn't playing well on all browsers. When I get the time, I'll try and figure this one out.

2. Fixes the Mod Tools feature. Those members who were permanently banned were not being kicked upon reentry. Also, the Flood Detection algorithm was stalling after the first warning. I'm not certain when those features stopped working, but, they're fixed now.

Get the update here: WavMan Download Page

  A Donation Thank You
  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 12:13PM EDT by:  Kevin
Thank you to Gloria K. of Gloria Koch Fine Arts for her generous donation to keep running for a few more months. Please show her your patronage by visiting her website. :)