Thank you for your email advisory regarding 6.0, but I am no longer interested in your product, and I haven't even use it in many months, even though I paid for it.
Like so many other people who have expressed their thoughts regarding your product, for a long time now, I haven't been very impressed by the quality of the cloud maps, particularly given the fact that they are now an additional annual charge to your product's price.
I understand your side of the story, but if I recall correctly, hi-res cloud maps -- even though the hi-res maps back then were of lower quality than the ones which are now available -- were originally included as part of the purchase price for EarthDesk, or am I mistaken? That is why so many people are now complaining. They feel cheated. They feel that something has been taken away which they paid for, regardless of whether or not that situation has been under your control. It is very difficult to win back the confidence of customers once they feel they have been conned by a developer. Please note that I am not accusing you of anything. I am simply informing you of how some of your customers feel.
Personally, being as I live in a tropical region which is subject to potential typhoons each year, the cloud coverage was the most important aspect of your program to me. The Earth shadow, etc., is of little interest to me.
To be quite honest, I can obtain higher quality, more timely cloud coverage images from NOAA's GOES satellite which covers our region of the world. Their images -- while in black and white -- are updated every hour 24/7 during the entire year -- and not once every three hours like your program -- except when there are occasional satellite glitches. In fact they are so good, that in years past, I have created two-week long movies which display a continuous cloud coverage cycle with developing typhoons.
At any rate, between requiring an annual upgrade fee, plus an annual hi-res cloud coverage fee, as with others, your product has simply lost its appeal for me. It is basically a one-trick pony which just isn't financially worth it. Others obviously feel differently.