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August 2003



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by Eric Blair,

Farewell, Casady & Greene

It is with profound regret that we inform you that Casady & Greene will close its doors on July 3rd, 2003, after nineteen years in the Software Publishing business. We have endured many industry downturns, but the last three years have presented a series of economic disasters from which we were unable to rebound. Please know that we are deeply grateful for your patronage and have been honored to serve you and please accept our very sincere apologies for any difficulties or inconveniences caused you by our closure.

I was saddened when I originally learned of this development on MacCentral. I think I’ve used software published by Casady & Greene almost from the first day I’ve had a Mac.

Those new to the Macintosh platform might not recognize the name Casady & Greene, but long-time Mac users know it as the publisher who presented programs like Conflict Catcher, SoundJam, and Crystal Quest to the world. That might not seem like much today, since anybody can set up a Web site and hawk their own wares. Casady & Greene, however, was in business for 19 years. Software was distributed on 3.5" floppy disks, on store shelves, and in the back of magazines. Looking back and thinking about how hard it was to find Macintosh software in stores for a long time makes what the folks at Casady & Greene were able to accomplish all the more impressive.

Of all the programs published by Casady & Greene, Conflict Catcher was easily the one I used the most. Back when I had a Performa 630 with 8 MB of RAM, I went crazy customizing it with many random system extensions (much to the chagrin of my parents, I might add). However, if I wanted to get anything productive done—like blowing away some Pfhor in a game of Marathon—the first thing I did was fire up Conflict Catcher and load up my specially prepared “Game” extension set.

Even when I upgraded to a Power Mac G3 with 256 MB of RAM, Conflict Catcher still held an important place in my tool kit, living up to its name and tracking down the ever-present conflicts between system extensions on the Classic Mac OS. Yes, I was usually cursing during the time it took to run conflict tests, but the satisfaction of slaughtering the offending extension(s) without sacrificing untold number of innocent bits more than made up for the time spent watching my Mac reboot.


For some reason, SoundJam never really clicked with me, but I know a number of people who swore by the music player. In the days before iTunes, there were actually a number of different MP3 players for the Mac. Programs like SoundJam, Audion, MACAST, and GrayAmp were all competing for the ears of Mac users. I was more fond of Audion, but the folks at Apple had their eyes on SoundJam. The necessary papers were signed, Apple acquired the rights to SoundJam, hired SoundJam developer Jeffrey Robbin, and turned SoundJam into what we today know as iTunes.

I don’t think Casady & Greene ever recovered from the switch to OS X. When you have two marquee applications like Conflict Catcher and SoundJam and cannot sell either of them to OS X users, it can’t bode well for your future.


Done right, an application like Conflict Catcher could be useful on OS X. Extensions, as they were on the Classic Mac OS, don’t exist under OS X, but there are a number of new things that could use managing—kernel extensions, Internet plug-ins, contextual menu items, and haxies all come to mind. As I was reminded by John Gruber’s article on Casady & Greene’s passing, Jeffrey Robbin was not only the developer of SoundJam, but he was also the developer of Conflict Catcher.

Even in its waning days, Casady & Greene is still treating its customers better than many companies that, sadly, will outlive it. If you go to the Casady & Greene home page, you will find a farewell message, along with contact and support information on every Casady & Greene product. In a few cases, the Web site states that a given product is no longer supported by anybody, but the majority of the products are being supported by their original authors.

If you have a chance, read the farewell message on the Casady & Greene home page. In this day and age, where many companies go out of business and either leave their Web pages untouched or disappear from the Internet without a trace, the farewell message shows the same care that Casady & Greene put into the products they published. They actually thank and apologize to their customers for any inconvenience their closing might cause.

When Casady & Greene’s farewell message was first posted, it contained no contact information for Conflict Catcher—it looked as though the venerable application’s obituary would read “Check back for information. At this time Conflict Catcher does not have a support contact.” That has since changed and support is available via e-mail. I don’t know who is sitting at the receiving end of that address, but it’s nice to see that Conflict Catcher will continue in some small way.

The same day Casady & Greene announced their imminent demise, some folks were discussing the point of the 10th Anniversary BBEdit Anthology on Erik Barzeski’s Weblog. My point of view is that 10 years is worth celebrating. Casady & Greene published quality software for 19 years. As a longtime Mac user, it’s sad to see this company go, but it is also worth celebrating everything they accomplished.

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Reader Comments (9)

Elizabeth Burrows · September 3, 2004 - 14:18 EST #1
I agree - Cassady and Greene - was a wonderful corporation with fine ethical helpful people everywhere.

My favorite app was Info-Genie, its predecessor and now I-Data being converted "to OS 10.3" by it's original Quick-Dex aurthor Michael Wright with Greene still helping, l rely on this great free form data base hourly to deliver ( absolutely instantly) all the many many bits of info I have tucked away in its data files for 16 years +. What a life saver.
Warren E. Waterman Jr · November 19, 2004 - 03:21 EST #2
Some time back I got a new computer which I loaded with both OS 9.2.2 and X.3 on separate drives. When I attempted to reload Conflict Catcher on OS 9 my serial number was not recognized, and not installed permanately. I had found the software usefull and would like to reinstall it. Where could I get help to do that. Warren Waterman
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · November 19, 2004 - 12:22 EST #3
Warren - did you try following over to the C&G web site? Sure, it's just a farewell message, but it contains a list of e-mail addresses to software authors who can perhaps provide follow-up support for the products. In the case of Conflict Catcher, it's
Dan Coogan · May 7, 2005 - 08:38 EST #4
I've just upgraded to Mac OS 9.2.2 (from 9.0.4 -- yeah I know, the question "why not just upgrade to OSX?")

Anyway, when I launch SoundJam MP v2.5.1 it plays just fine, but when I Quit the application, it freezes my Mac G4 Dual 450, 256 RAM
ATPM Staff · May 7, 2005 - 18:55 EST #5
Dan - there may not be a fix since SoundJam was discontinued and perhaps something broke that wasn't compatible with the later version of OS 9.

Why not simply use the OS 9 version of iTunes? It's pretty much everything SoundJam was and more.
Mike Bagnato · August 16, 2005 - 17:53 EST #6
There was a SoundJam 2.5.2 that may have been created with 9.2.2 in mind.

I can't seem to find any links for it besides this.

There was also a 2.5.3 but I believe it was only to provide support for one of the Rio mp3 players.

Casady & Greene was a truly AWESOME company.
Per Ostlund · October 31, 2006 - 04:21 EST #7
I have a lot of valuable information hidden in an old Quick Dex file, as I am currently running 10.3.9 Quick Dex does not run. Any idea on how I can retreive the information on my OSX machine?
Deborah Beamer · May 27, 2007 - 14:04 EST #8
I didn't realize Step-on-It, by Casady & Greene, was available for System X til about a year ago. By that time, it was nowhere to be found. I happened across this website and wondered if that game exists anywhere.

Many thanks.
Barbara King · December 11, 2008 - 15:35 EST #9
Does anyone know if someone has done an update on the Casady and Greene CD "Origami: The Secret Life of Paper"? It runs only on classic, and my Mac that runs classic is on its last legs.

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