i’m confused about the price status of this software. i downloaded version 1.2 for free via the mac app store browser. so now since the app is installed on my computer, when i open the mac app store browser there is no price listed in the “buy” button — it just says “installed.” so i guess my question is, if i click “update,” to update to version 1.3, will my credit card be charged $5?
i looked all over the developer’s web pages and found no mention of price whatsoever. the only mention of price i could find was here on macupdate and at the mac app store preview web page.
if i do click to update this app via the mac app store browser and my credit card is charged $5, this will be one of the most scandalous bait-and-switch tactics i’ve come across concerning the mac app store. i won’t trust the mac app store anymore if an application can be given away for free for the purpose of omitting the “price” button with the “installed” button, so when you click “update” on the next version of the app you are charged for it.
i have no problem with the pretty lady charging $5 for this software — she’s gotta eat more than that apple. the thing is i use a different task manager, have for years, like it a lot and have no intention of switching at this point. i only downloaded this app because it was free and looked interesting but i haven’t really tested the features of it yet. at the most i was just going to use this app for jotting down quick tasks that weren’t all too important, and slowly check out the power, or lack of power, of the app over time and check out its usability.
i feel very confident apple would foresee any attempts of trickery at the mac app store and stop them before i even knew about them, but i’m wanting a little feedback on this one. is there a written rule in the terms of the mac app store that once an app is made downloadable for free, it must always remain free in its future updates, or otherwise the cost be clearly labeled?
i am not accusing the developer of Opus Domini of anything and am sure i am simply confused about the price status of this app and how things work at the relatively new mac app store. and i reiterate i have no problem with the cost of the software itself but it’s not my purposeful intention to purchase it at this time.