Panic (company)

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Panic Inc.
Headquarters Portland, Oregon
Key people
Steven Frank and Cabel Sasser
Products Transmit, Coda, Firewatch

Panic Inc. is an Oregon-based software company and video game publisher that specializes in applications for macOS and iOS. It was founded by Steven Frank[1] and Cabel Sasser.

Their flagship program is Transmit, an FTP client,[2] first released in 1998. The program currently competes with Yummy FTP, ForkLift, Cyberduck and FileZilla; the other popular FTP clients for macOS. Transmit has won a number of design awards, including Macworld Best of Show in 2005[3] and a 2005 Apple Design Award, for the Best Use of Mac OS X Tiger Technologies.[4]

Audion, released in 1999, was a skinnable MP3 media player that competed with MacAMP and SoundJam MP, which were the only other Mac OS MP3 players at the time. Apple's iTunes was released in 2001, and in 2004 Panic retired Audion's development and began releasing it free of charge.[5]

In 2004, Panic released their third major program, Unison, a Usenet reader. Unison also won a 2004 Apple Design Award, for Best Mac OS X User Experience, and was runner-up for Best Mac OS X Product of the year.[6]

In 2005, Panic expanded their offerings to include T-shirts.[7]

In 2007, the company released their fourth major program, Coda, a web development application[8] for which Panic was awarded the 2007 Apple Design Award for Best User Experience,[9] taking the award for a 2nd time.[6]

The company's first published video game, Firewatch, was released on February 9, 2016.[10]

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  1. ^ Rosmarin, Rachel (June 8, 2007). "Developers To Jobs: Give Me My iPhone!". Forbes. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Sorrel, Charlie (May 13, 2010). "Video: iPad Loading Software onto Apple ][e". Wired. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "Best of Show: Macworld Expo San Francisco". January 15, 2005. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  4. ^ Cohen, Peter (June 10, 2005). "WWDC: Apple Design Award 2005 winners announced". MacWorld.
  5. ^ Gibson, Brad (November 11, 2004). "Panic "Retires" Audion; Reveals Inside Story". The Mac Observer. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Ecker, Clint (June 12, 2007). "Apple Design Awards 2007 winners". Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Staff (February 3, 2005). "Panic Pauses Software Development For a Second to Release T-Shirts".
  8. ^ Martellaro, John (April 24, 2007). "Panic Releases Coda 1.0". Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "Apple Design Awards 2007 winners announced". Macnn. June 13, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "Firewatch: hope and heartbreak in the American wilderness". The Guardian. February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Panic Stops Development of Transmit for iOS & Removes it from Sale • Beautiful Pixels". Beautiful Pixels. 2018-01-06. Retrieved 2018-01-25.