I have to thank everybody that has purchased Willow in the last year as the product has been doing quite well and I love the feedback that has been coming in. With happiness all around, we have decided that anybody who has version 1 will not need to pay an upgrade fee to get v2, you get it by default for free! v2 will be more expensive than v1 so this is a bonus if you are thinking to get in on Willow but are dragging your feet a little.
We released back in December of 2012 and it has really come a long way both functionally and visually. We recently got to version 1.9 of the app and we really feel that it’s been a good go for our v1 software and it’s time to break out v2 with more features, enhancements and options. Controlling, monitoring and managing Wowza is really critical to be able to do in a real-time environment and I have to point out a quote that I recently got that summarizes how we feel too:
Overall, Willow is the missing link for Wowza. It gave me great insight into the performance of each server. This was vital info that I would not have otherwise been able to understand or know. With this info I can make informed decisions and performance tweaks.
I personally use Willow every single day to see what our servers doing, our client’s servers are doing, and both general and detailed debugging with problem solving for our Wowza apps both in development and in the wild. Further progress on Willow is a priority as there are still so many things that need to be controllable through a GUI. Messing with XML files etc is ok, but it’s just so much easier otherwise.
With that, I have decided to announce a few items that will be in v2 for Willow and the fact that we expect to push it out within about 2 to 3 weeks. We also have a mobile version that complements, rather than replaces, the desktop version as it has been on the request list for a while, and is a frequent one at that. A lot of the features and functionality that Willow has have been influenced greatly by the feedback we get from our clients that use it, but I have to say one thing, not one person has anything bad to say nor have we had any requests for a refund. That is a standard that we plan on upholding for future versions too and I’m really looking forward to further comments when we finally do push out the next version. Thank you again to everybody that has helped shape Willow in to the product that it is today.
The first thing we will have in v2 is the ability to do multiserver monitoring. This has come up quite a bit and the workaround is to open up multiple instances of Willow on the desktop and watch more than one at a time. We’re going to allow you to select a bunch of your shortcuts and connect up to view some live stats on what is going on. Further iterations of v2 will build on that.
We also have plans to continue to build out our XML file control. Currently you can make applications, edit, and delete them. You can also control authentication methods and the password files they use. There are so many more XML files that are used in Wowza and we plan on getting them all in there so that you should never have to go and play with XML again. You can if you want to though and Willow will update to show that accordingly so that you always have the option of both.
Our connection testing area has been integral to many different types of debugging and we’re improving that to as it’s a bit too limiting at the moment. This will reduce the limitation of only being able to connect to applications that don’t require any extra parameters and making calls to the server to get responses. Should be interesting how we build that out further in v2 too I think.
I’ll post more in the near future so stay tuned!