It was more work than I thought it would be, but we got Fathom 2.3 hooked up to a license server so that Concord Consortium can offer licenses for sale. The site went live on 5/28/2015. See Fathom Dynamic Data Software.
I’m really pleased with the result and the very inexpensive pricing: $5.25 per single-computer, 1-year expiring license with discounts for 30 or more computers; $39 per single-user, non-expiring license with discounts for 10 or more computers.
We didn’t have time to fix the OS X 10.9+ bug that prevents Fathom from scraping data from URLs and from downloading census data, but we know how to fix it and will provide a free upgrade with the fix soon.
Concord Consortium will release a paid license version of Fathom in May, 2015. This will take the place of the free, expiring version currently offered by Concord Consortium. Prices haven’t yet been set.
Fathom 2.2 has been released, and it is free. It will expire June 15, 2015.
To download, go to the Fathom Dynamic Data Software site, fill out the form, and download your preferred version.
Please help us spread the word through social media, blogs, email, and word of mouth. You can refer people to the download site.
The backstory and why this is an expiring version: As you can read in this open letter, McGraw-Hill Education ceased publishing Fathom in January of 2014. In March they transferred the Fathom copyright to me. I’ve put together the free, expiring version so that users are not left in the lurch and I can work on a long term solution for distributing Fathom. There will be a long term solution! At the very least there will be a new, free, expiring version.
If I have versions 2.1x should I delete them? No, you should keep them. You already paid for these, and they are not substantively different from version 2.2. If and when a new version of Fathom is ready for sale, you may not want to pay for it. So keep your early version that you’ve already paid for.
What’s different in this version? As explained on the web site, there are a couple things lacking in version 2.2. And we’re not able to provide technical support. (Sorry about that.)
Thank you all for your support. Enjoy Fathom!
Bill Finzer, Senior Scientist