Stef’s interview on X-Plane.fr (part 1)

Stef, the creator of GoodWay, has answered a few questions to X-Plane.fr (the French X-Plane community forum).

Here is the translation of the first par of the interview.

 

[X-Plane.fr]
As Stéphane has become rare on forums, I asked him if he’d care answering a few questions about him and the future of GoodWay.
He answered yes to my request and here is the result of last week’s interview.

[X-Plane.fr]
Hello Stéphane. You are the author of the unavoidable program running on X-Plane: GoodWay. Can you introduce yourself for those who don’t know you ?

[Stéphane]
My name is Stéphane Maurel (45 years old, married, 2 children). I have been developing GoodWay for X-Plane for more than 10 years and I live in Nice (Cote d’Azur, France).
Flying is my passion, I even had real flying lessons a few years ago. Unfortunately, I had to stop because of the cost.
I am a software developer for a living and I’m also an instructor on X-Plane for my children.

I have been a fan of X-Plane since Version 3; I have always been flabbergasted by its beautiful graphics: I find them incredible.
Along with the French community, I’ve been fortunate to be able to help promoting X-Plane and the plugin system: we did that through the development of the DR400 which was the first aircraft with the 3D cockpit and a dashboard partly coded as a plugin.
I also developed XCopilot, XCamera and, of course, GoodWay.

[X-Plane.fr]
Many members of X-Plane.fr (and some others too) wonder why we have not heard of you for 2 years ?

[Stéphane]
There are several reasons.
First of all, there has been some turmoil in my life: changes in my personal life and my working like, changes of home …
All that did not leave me enough time to do everything.
Then the website was constantly hacked and my mailbox was always full of spams … GoodWay program was also hacked and that really depressed me.
I read a lot about myself on the net; some was true, some was false, some was mad, some was funny …
For example, I read that I had lost weight ! I rather think there was a bad picture of me ;-)
I can understand that some flightsimers have been disappointed to see the support going downhill to under average I admit.

[X-Plane.fr]
Today, you’re coming back to the front of the scene. What is the reason of your return ?

[Stéphane]
At last, my life has settled down, I got married, had 2 children: I can now dedicate more time to my passion for simflights.
8 months ago, I bought X-Plane 10 and I discovered the visual breakthroughs of this version. It really compelled me to resume flying and programming on X-Plane.
At this time, I made GoodWay compatible, but before I had time to announce the new version … plenty of internal changes in X-Plane … you know, the X-Plane beta syndrom.
So, I had to wait a bit more.
In the meantime, we bought an appartment … with all the work that goes with it ! … so, no time for GoodWay.
In September, things settle down for me and X-Plane becomes stable: it’s time for me to finalize GoodWay Version 5. I hope you will like it.
Today, I’m working on this new version and I have plans for the next ones.

[X-Plane.fr]
Did you ever think of giving up GoodWay ?

[Stéphane]
I never asked myself this question.
I like developing GoodWay,trying to make it simpler and better.
The freeware version of GoodWay was downloaded 120.000 times in 2 years.
I may have put it on hold because of changes in my life, but I never thought of giving up.
I have plans for GoodWay beyond version 5, but it all starts with a good organization.

 

 

You can use an automatic translator to read the full text here. I’ll translate the rest as soon as I can.

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