Adieu, Koku


September 1st, 2014

Koku has existed in one form or another for over 10 years. It was the first Mac application that I worked on, and I've used it personally almost daily during the course of those 10 years. To say it's near and dear to my heart is an understatement.

Unfortunately, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Today I'm sad to announce that time has come for Koku.

It's been such a joy to work on Koku throughout the years. Koku came to life in a different era of applications and has seen the introduction of both the iPhone and Mac App Stores. While it did take us a while to build an iPhone app, we were able to make it into the Mac App Store during the launch. Seeing and being part of the changes to the application landscape on Apple's platforms has been a wonderful experience. I still remember the first time we found out that Koku was going to be featured by Apple. There were a few moments of elation followed by the sudden realization that we needed to put together artwork in less than 48 hours in order for the feature to run. There was never a dull moment.

What really had an impact on me, though, was Koku's users. From the very beginning (when the app still went by the name Cashbox), we've been fortunate enough to have a caring, supportive user base. Emails from all over the world in various languages contained the kindest words about the product and how it helped them. Those kind words are why we worked so hard to build what we believe was the best finance application available. I, and the people who worked with me at FadingRed throughout the years, owe you the sincerest of thank yous.

It comes with a very heavy heart that I write to announce that Koku will no longer be developed. The reason is quite simple — FadingRed has changed directions and no longer has the capacity to devote resources to multiple products.

So what happens from here?

Koku is no longer available for sale through the iPhone App Store or the Mac App Store. Unfortunately, since Apple controls the purchasing platform, we cannot offer refunds to people who purchased recently. We would if we could.

What we will do, however, is continue to support Koku to the best of our ability until the end of 2014. While we will not be releasing updates, we will do our best to help people by answering questions and helping in whatever way we can as users transition to new solutions.

Thank you to everyone who has been part of making Koku the success that it was.


Whitney Young

Whitney Young