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Potion Factory

Potion Factory
March 4th, 2014 Dear Visitor, I'm pleased to announce that Potion Factory has been acquired by Karelia Software. Potion Factory started as an experiment to see if an extremely small team could survive by making and directly selling software to the end user. There were exciting times—The Hit List got picked as the main featured app at the Mac App Store when it was released—and not so exciting times over the years, but I’m very proud of where it is right now. Not only did it survive, but it prospered.

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