News - January, 2020

Hi, this is Jim, owner of Software Engineering Associates. As of January, 2020, I'm officially retiring. My office in Lynnwood, WA has been closed and company operations / product support are now shut down. Product development has also stopped (except for "SeaScape With SoundTracks") and no more product updates are planned.

This website ( will continue indefinitely as a repository for the documentation and history of our program efforts over the years. With more time on my hands, I may also use it for posting articles regarding the hard-fought navigation lessons learned during the past three decades. There are many technical subjects that merit writing about that are not yet covered here (or anywhere else, for that matter). But time will tell whether or not I'm inclined to be that ambitious! After all, retirement is supposed to be for enjoying travel, grand children, hobbies and getting old while believing you still have 'lot's of time left!' will no doubt gradually change over time. I'm not in a rush to do that, however, as there is no immediate need. Also, at the moment, there is no one to "pass the torch to" regarding my programs and future support or issues that might come up for my user base. Generally, over the years, I have bent over backwards to support perpetual licenses for all the programs including free cpu transfer relicensing. Now that we're closed, that commitment is NOT guaranteed in the future and I reserve the right to alter the policy on a case-by-case basis. Seriously, contrary to some opinions, I'm not working for free all the way to my grave even though I'm well known for working two hours and billing for one!

It's been an amazing 30 years in the ocean, atmosphere and sensor business. During those years, I've had the pleasure of working with some really great clients who are engaged in the most challenging - and rewarding - projects for years-on-end. It's that experience I will miss the most, I think. To all the great people I've worked with, a hearty THANK YOU for the honor and privilege of being involved with your missions! To have had such inspiring clients has been key to our motivation and success!

So, stay tuned for more announcements if you're so inclined. In the meantime, I plan to play a little!

Smooth sailing,