Do you remember the time when kind-hearted software developers would ask you for a one-time payment so that you could use their app for life, and receive all future updates for free as well?
Well, as an old-time Macintosh user, I most certainly do.
Sadly, thanks to greedy companies like Adobe, those days are now gone, and many developers -- including the G-Force developer -- now demand a yearly subscription fee, if we wish to take advantage of the new features in their app; that is, assuming that there are any updates during the particular year that our license is in effect.
In my case, I purchased a license for G-Force Platinum 5.4.2 a year ago for $30.00. Recently, I received an email notification informing me that my license was about to expire, and that if I want to enjoy any future updates -- and whatever enhancements they may include -- for the next year, I need to fork over another $15.00. And on and on it goes as long as G-Force exists, I suppose.
I am having a problem with this; the reason being that over the past year since I acquired my license, there has been only ONE update -- 5.4.3. Based on the above "What's New" info, for Macintosh users, 5.4.3 has only included a few bug fixes, but no major new features of any kind.
Now I am being asked to fork over another $15.00 -- basically by faith -- not really knowing what I will get, if anything, during my coming new license year. Will there be any updates? Will they offer any major new features, or just more bug fixes? Who knows? No one but the developer.
Do you see my point? This is why I am uncomfortable with this whole yearly subscription model. It puts end users at a disadvantage. It also makes me feel like I am being milked for all I am worth.
Don't get me wrong. I fully understand that software developers need to earn a living, and I have absolutely no problem with that. However, I am not convinced that the yearly subscription model is the way to do it.
You see, in the old days, because software developers offered lifetime licenses with free updates, they had to work hard to acquire NEW customers, in order to keep their revenue stream flowing. Now, in my view, many of them have become soft, lazy and greedy, and they just want to keep milking their old customers over and over again. This may be the easy road for them to take, but it is wrong.
If I am going to be asked for a yearly subscription fee, then I want to at least receive some kind of indication from the developer, what I should expect to be receiving in the coming subscription year, BEFORE I put my money down, so I can determine if it will truly be worth it.
Let me conclude by saying that G-Force is a great app. No doubt about it. It is one of the best visualizers and screensavers I have ever used, especially if you are using the Platinum version. But the subscription model? Meh.
What do YOU think? Let me know below.