At last, Daylite 5 is here. The announcement came this morning on Marketcircle's blog. At last I won't have to keep the secret anymore. Visit their What's New page for all the nitty gritty details, but here are my impressions and highlights...
I've been using the Daylite 5 betas for about two months, day-to-day, with my production database, and have been loving it. It's been very, very solid. The kinks are worked out. It feels more like a refinement on Daylite 4 rather than a whole new animal. That's a good thing. Much in the same way that upgrading from OS X Mountain Lion to Mavericks is now a smooth download and click (as opposed to the major operation that going from say OS X 10.4 to 10.5 used to be), or upgrading the iPhone from iOS 6 to iOS 7, the Daylite 4 to 5 upgrade feels smooth, easy, and just adds features and refinements to an already great system.
Speaking of updating, that's one of the best parts of Daylite 5: when there are new versions, you no longer need to go and download files from the Marketcircle website. Instead, the updates happen in-app with an announcement dialog and a button. The updates are smart enough to update all the Daylite parts (Daylite, DMA, and Daylite Server if that's on your Mac) on your system at once. This takes the confusion out of the process, and reduces updating hassles to a minimum.
Also, Daylite on iOS has received a full iOS 7 makeover, really improving the look and feel. The addition of app-wide search ability on iOS is really welcome as well.
Pricing has been announced, and while new licenses have gone from $279.95/user to $299.95/user, upgrades from Daylite 4 are 149.95/user. Also, anyone who has purchased a Daylite 4 license between March 1, 2014 and April 22, 2014 are eligible for a free Daylite 5 upgrade. If you purchased a Daylite 4 license this year, and have used my affiliate link, get in touch for some more information.
There's more, a lot, more, so take a look at the What's New page, and enjoy! It's great to see this awesome software grow and expand!