"10% of internet users still use IE8" - updates from Canvas.JS version 1.3

22nd Aug 2013
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Fenopix, a Bangalore-based software firm, has just launched an important update for its graph library Canvas.JS . Called version 1.3, the update comes with two significant improvements from it’s predecessor, namely, retina / HI-DPI Device Support for the charts look crispier on devices like the iPad with the retina Display, Nexus 7; and secondly, support for IE8.


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While the first update makes sense, the second one was quite baffling. But Sunil Urs, founder of Fenopix explains, “Though Version 1.0 worked on all modern devices, it did not support IE8 and below. During the development of v1.0 it did not make much sense to support IE8, as the user base is very less and the effort level required was high. But after the launch I have come to realize that many companies still prefer to support IE7 & 8 users. For companies with large user base 8-10% still means a lot. Given that CanvasJS is an enterprise product meant to be used by its developers, it should not limit any company from supporting its users who use IE8-. As such I decided to support IE8.”

The feedback, Sunil shared, for Canvas.JS has been very encouraging. He says, “As of now we’ve got around 9000 downloads and have started selling licenses.” These Licenses are per developer based and companies need to buy licenses based on the number of developers in the team. It starts at $299 USD.” Furthermore, the library has been appreciated for it’s ease of use by it’s users - “As of now feedbacks have been positive. People mostly like the simplicity and ease of use of the library, except for some missing features; IE8 mainly. That’s one of the reasons why we implimented IE 8 support. Infact several sales are in pipe which are waiting for IE8- support to be released This is what most people missed. Also, the retina display support was one more thing that people requested,” Sunil added.

In the coming months, the Fenopix team will focus on implementing financial charts, other small features that are in demand, shared Sunil. But the most encouraging answer for me came when I asked him if he was looking to raise funds for Canvas.JS in the near future. Sunil said, “As of now am not looking to raise funds. It looks like it'll become self sustaining in 3-6 months.” It’s a sign of a great product and we need more of these stories.

More on the release here.

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