InvoicePlane 1.4.7 was released two weeks ago, about half a year after 1.4.6 and only with a hand full of improvements. Why? Because I couldn’t find any time to work on the software. I haven’t touched InvoicePlane 2 for 3 months now and won’t touch it for next months.
Why I’m searching for a new maintainer
The problem is that I don’t have much time to spare, not now and not in the future. I’m working fulltime, have to study for about 6 months every year with heavy exams at the end. I have other hobbies and don’t want to spend the summer sitting at my desk and writing code.
Even If I could find someone who would like to pay me for working on InvoicePlane, I would not be able to spend more time.
Administration and Support
One of the main reasons why I rarely write code for InvoicePlane is that I’m the only person working on the project. Sure, there are contributors, but only a few with mostly minor improvements or bug fixes.
I spend about 90% of the time I have for administrative tasks and support. And I have to. There is no way to surpass this responsibility because without a healthy community the project would be doomed. And as I’m the only person that’s into the app I’m the only person that’s able to help.
I started InvoicePlane because I wanted to save the project itself and have fun with coding. Now, the project is like a burden to me and I’m searching for a way to have fun again with what I’m doing.
InvoicePlane would need a major rewrite
InvoicePlane is not future-proof. It’s currently about 5-6 years old and uses outdated and partly deprecated libraries and frameworks. Major parts of the software are not working perfectly and cause trouble with various system configurations. That’s why InvoicePlane needs to be rebuild from the ground up.
And I already started with this task. I already did some work on InvoicePlane 2. But finishing this task would require a developer working full time or at least for 15-20 hours a week for a couple of months.
The future of InvoicePlane
The website, the community forums, the issue tracker and the version backend will stay available.
There will be no updates or bug fixes in the near future for the app itself.
The source code will remain on Github no matter what.
### Edit (2016-07-29)
Several users expressed their interest in keeping the project alive. They are discussion what they can do in this thread so you can follow what is happening.
If we find a way to properly split all tasks so nobody get’s overwhelmed with work I may keep my position and continue my work on InvoicePlane.
If you are interested in becoming a new maintainer, feel free to contact me via direct message. You will then be added to the appropriate user group and can join the discussion about the future.
Please take a look at Information for new Maintainers for more information.