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Developers wanted: pdfcrack, ZedGraph, Pencil

You know how it is. You create a project, you accumulate users, and then one day you’re not interested in maintaining it any more. It’s happened to all of us. But the great thing about Open Source, of course, is that someone else can pick it up and keep those users happy.

Here’s three projects that have strong userbases, but the developers aren’t interested in working on them any more. If you have the necessary skills to work on these, fix bugs, and release further updates, please contact me, and I’ll make the necessary introductions.


pdfcrack is a command line, password recovery tool for PDF-files. There is a need for small redesign to be made to get it up to par with the latest Adobe PDF standards and probably and probably a few bugs to squash for basic maintenance.


ZedGraph is a class library, user control, and web control for .net, written in C#, for drawing 2D Line, Bar, and Pie Charts. It features full, detailed customization capabilities, but most options have defaults for ease of use.

The current developers all agree that it’s an exciting project with great features … but they no longer have the time to work on it. If you have C# experience, they could use your help to resolve some bugs and move the project forward.


Pencil is a cross-platform open-source 2D animation software. Its first aim is to make traditional animations (cel, cartoons, etc). It features bitmap and vector drawing tools, layers, cameras. Animations made with Pencil can be exported as QuickTime. The lead developer, Tom, has been working on refactoring the code to make it easier to maintain going forward, but could use some help, as most of the other developers have moved on to other things. Pencil is written in C++.