I want to say that a given application is unmaintained:

  • No support,
  • No new features will ever be added,
  • Bugs will not be fixed.

Can I say "nicht erhaltet"?

Preferably a short adjective so that it fits in this list:

* AnkiWeb (als Online-Version)
* AnkiMini (nicht erhaltet)
* AnkiMobile (kostenpflichtig)
* AnkiDroid (Open Source)
  • It should be noted that abandonware is usually used to mean software that can no longer be acquired in a legal way (because the owner/producer no longer sells it). If you still give it away, but don't provide any support then I'd suggest you avoid that term. Apr 2, 2012 at 8:56
  • @JoachimSauer: The English article lists 5 types, I am in the 5th one: "Open source and freeware programs that have been abandoned: In some cases, source code remains available, which can prove a historical artifact." Apr 2, 2012 at 10:30
  • I see, my bad. Actually I've never heard that term used that way, but I might be wrong. Apr 2, 2012 at 11:20

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What you describe sounds like the development of the software was ceased. I would use terms like "wird nicht mehr weiterentwickelt" or "Entwicklung eingestellt".

AnkMini (Entwicklung eingestellt)

  • Das trifft es meines Erachtens am besten. Auch wenn die anderen Übersetzungen durchaus denkbar und vielleicht wortwörtlicher sind. +1 Apr 3, 2012 at 19:55

Software maintenance is expressed as "Unterstützung" or sometimes "Pflege/pflegen" in German. You could therefore say:

AnkiMini (ohne Unterstützung)

However far more common is to use "Support" as this is a well established loanword from English:

AnkiMini (kein Support)

Support in the general meaning would include help, bugfixes, and upgrades.


to maintain software could be translated as Software pflegen, but it can't be simply negated, as ungepflegt has the connotation of scruffy.

ungewartet goes in the general direction, but doesn't really hit the spot.

Probably the closest translation would be nicht betreut.

  • Imho ungewartet doesn't really exists (not yet). (And only a few hits on google.) What about nicht gewartet (e.g. LEO propose that)?
    – Em1
    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:12
  • Yes, sounds better.
    – Landei
    Apr 2, 2012 at 19:22
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    "wird nicht weiter gepflegt" ginge aber. Apr 2, 2012 at 21:03

The - imho - best answer has Takkat already given (ohne/kein Support), but another possibility is:

AnkiMini (ohne Wartung)

Support combined with Software is much more common than Wartung (875 mio Hits vs 13 mio Hits), but Softwarewartung express exactly what you are looking for:

Unter Softwarewartung werden all jene Tätigkeiten verstanden, die nach der Einführung eines Softwaresystems dessen Verfügbarkeit und Nutzbarkeit sicherstellen oder die Lebensdauer der Software verlängern. Neben der Fehlerbehebung gehören die Funktionserhaltung und die Funktionserweiterung ebenso dazu wie perfektionierende Maßnahmen (z. B. Performanceverbesserung). SOURCE

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