Any chance your codebase could be put on github or bitbucket. We can turn this more into a community project.
Cam did not, that I am aware of, post the code on some source code site. He just released the source, separately, in a zip file when he made a new version release. You can find v5.4.0, which is the last time cam made a release, on actools.net main page.
As for me, I do not, and will not, use github or bitbucket for my own personal reasons. nuff said.
But, I have place the code on SouceForge a source code site I have used for many years in the past. This was purely done for my benefit only. But, it also means that you also have download, only, access to the code. I did this because I needed some place to save it off my coding system and home external drives. For in the event that my coding system, which is a laptop, and external drives are ever lost/stolen/destroyed/etc. (Which has happen too many times in the last 3+ years.) Then I could at least get the last commit that I had done there and start again from there.
As for the community project. That's just a load of &$*@. You do not need github or bitbucket to have a community project. You just need an author that is willing to released the code for others to work on and then integrate the changes into the master. And since the source code AC Tool has been released by Cam for years longer than I have been using it. It has already been a community project. It's just that no one, except a few people like myself and IPA, wants to bother d/l'ing the code and work on it. In Delphi at that!!! And then submit their code to Cam for integration with the master. I, and only a few others, have done this for years.
So you really do not need github or bitbucket to do a Community Project. You just need to start coding and submitting the code as you get it done. I made it easier by being able to go to SourceForge and get the latest commit on a source file to work with. You just have to send it to me so that I can integrate it into the master. Personally, I do not care how many people work on it. As long as it was something that all of the users of AC Tool could use. Or it improves AC Tool. Even a single bug fix. Then it would get integrated. And I believe that it was the same with Cam.
Also are there detailed instructions somewhere on building actool, I tried a few years ago and I had no luck because it required some paid modules.
Will, if you look in the source distro you will file two files. And they are:
I'm sure that you can get the AC Tool project installed in Delphi 7, or newer, and start coding if you just read those two files.
NOTE: You can not use Lazarus, as the Component packages used do not work properly, if at all, in Lazarus. This is because Lazarus, even though it is a Open Source Delphi IDE, is not completely compliant with the standards set by Borland, and then continued by CodeGease/Embarcadero, for Developer Component packages.
As for the Paid Component packages used. All that you need to compile AC Tool, as is, is there. And is installed when you follow the files above. Yes you will have to deal with nag windows that popup. But, it is what you have to deal with when you do not wish to pay for a Component package. This just gives you incentive to make sure that your code changes gets into the AC Tool master code.