Updated PowerSDR?

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Is there a new version of PowerSDR cooking in the FlexRadio oven?
V2.7.2 is running stable here, but is now +1 year old software.
TIA!  73
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Official Response
We have not terminated or curtailed our commitment or support to our valued customers who use PowerSDR with our FLEX Series SDRs.

PowerSDR is a feature rich and very stable SDR software package, providing a comprehensive operating experience for users of the FLEX Series SDRs.  As such, at this point in its 10 year plus development life cycle, the frequency of releases will be less than they have been in the past.

We are firmly committed to addressing to the best of our ability any fatal software defects that prevents PowerSDR from operating in supported Windows environments for the foreseeable future.  New PowerSDR software to address other non-fatal issues may be released at our discretion based on criticality and the number of users affected.  At this time there are no such issues that rise to this level, therefore there is not a time table nor have we set expectations for when a new PowerSDR release may occur.

PowerSDR and the FLEX Series of SDRs are not obsolete or out of date by any means. Presently it does and will provide years of operating enjoyment, as the FLEX Series of SDRs are still some of the best performing ham radios available and at their current and previous prices, represent an exceptional value for any ham radio operator. 

As we have stated publicly, the architecture of PowerSDR and the FLEX Series of SDRs is too limiting as a continued development platform for the type of innovative features we envision for software defined radios.  This is why we developed the SmartSDR ecosystem for the Signature Series SDRs and have focused our current development resources to the next generation of SDR technology.  But this does not mean that there may never be any future new features for PowerSDR.

PowerSDR is an open source application.  Consequently, this provides unfettered opportunities for experimenters of the FLEX Series SDRs to add incremental features, bug fixes and additional capabilities they feel are useful to the PowerSDR community.  Based on the current stage of the PowerSDR life cycle, expending energy to establish a grassroots effort to encourage and support the software development of a PowerSDR variant by others would be a worthwhile endeavor.  We may even incorporate some of those changes provided by the open source development community and integrate them into the mainstream PowerSDR software depending on their global value.