I've written a logviewer with electron. Getting the custom painted table-component and column-reordering to look and feel like Finder or iTunes tables was at least 10 hours of work.
(That is the main performance problem with non-native apps, I think.)
More like to wrap a website. I doubt that it's easier than Qt when building from scratch.
I've never used both of these languages and wrote only simple things in JS but I would spend a week learning Python syntax and Qt features to deliver a better UX and performance for a cross-platform app.
"Look, you save 25% versus buying our old yearly releases every year!" they say.
But I wasn't going to buy all their yearly releases. Most software I use isn't my main workhorse. I was perfectly happy running old Adobe software for years, even after high DPI screens came out and it didn't support them. So what really happened is they took my purchase-every-five-years plan and jacked the price up 300% for stuff that I don't need.
Being required to pay for updates that I don't want (and the current version stops working entirely if you stop paying for it) takes away any pricing segmentation and tends to be a terrible deal for hobbyists.
If you're a creative professional maybe Creative Cloud is a great bargain. But it isn't for me, and neither is a $10/month FTP client. So props to Panic for not going that route.
Prime examples I've seen:
Google closing someone's account for using not their real legal name on Google+, locking away access to his music, documents, e-mail, and photos, all of which he'd migrated to his Google account.
Steam closing someone's account and basically cancelling a thousand dollars of "purchased" games because he broke their ToS, which makes you wonder what the difference is between purchasing and purchasing (via Steam) when the price is the same but your recourse is not.
(this is the same with movies and music btw)
That's refreshing... more often than not, latest versions are slower, uglier, and bloated. One more reason to be able to own the previous version.
There's 0 technical correlation between update delivery model and billing model.
I don't think that really applies to the thread here, honestly. :/
>I used to upgrade every couple of versions. This has ended up costing me way more. But I still pay it because I need the software. So I guess they win...
So my post makes perfect sense. They were going to raise the price on you anyways, so you were going to pay more either way. With the new pricing model you're paying more and getting versions you might have otherwise missed.
I'd much prefer a hybrid model. Happy to pay $30 or so for a single version and then $1-$2/mo for updates. If I stop paying at least I have something.
The app Gameshow by Telestream works like this and I really like the model. It's $35 and you get one year of updates. After a year you either stick with whatever the last point release was or you pay another $35. I wish Adobe software was like this.
Subscriptions done right:
* JetBrains - big discount during the change to subscription model, perpetual license to the last version that was released while your sub was active
* Office - gives me OneDrive space, 5 licenses to use in my family, Skype minutes, yearly payment - the subscription is the best value for money.
Subscriptions done wrong:
* Creative Cloud - more expensive in Australia for no reason, no value in choosing just the app/s I need, can't use old versions if my sub lapses.
* Google Apps - holds $300+ of Android apps hostage if I ever cancel my subscription
Not owning it, keeping data somewhere else, stacking many small subscriptions into a big monthly bill.
> Software is never finished
But some apps are not in active development forever. You don't need to add big features endlessly to something like a FTP client:
If the company shuts down (or gets acquired or simply stops supporting the software), subscription software stops working. Paid usually does not.
I've outlived too many useful products, and lost them entirely. I expect to continue to do so for a lot longer, so I avoid subscriptions-for-non-hosted-software like the plague it is.
As an individual, I really don't like having to constantly make a judgement call if I'm still getting value out of my recipe manager or my disk usage analyzer. Most of the development was done up front, as with the risk in developing it. There's also not really continuous updates or a lot of new features always needed.
When people sit down to budget, the first things people ask about are reoccurring expenses that can be minimized or eliminated; cheaper cellphone plan, cutting out daily lattes, cable bill--even investment fees. They easily sneak in and add up over time.
I recently had an issue importing a logbook using arguably the most popular iOS pilot logbook app and it took a week. A WEEK! For the them to attend to my support request. A week could be 30 hours worth of flights for a pilot depending where they work.
Why do you need almost $100/year from me if you can't answer one email in 48 hours?
I've been dreaming of an open source logbook setup ever since this experience. I wish I didn't have to rely on $100/yr subscriptions to be locked into something so critical to my career.
Now I assuming that if he had a opensource logbook he could quickly find out what the problem was himself without relying one someone else.
Maybe the right counter argument would be that 100$ is not sufficient to provide a SLA to handle his support request whithin a shorter timespan. It should be prices higher ;) If this app is so critical for him I assume again the OP wouldn't mind paying it.
Here's the difference:
- People who no longer use the app, will forget about it and the subscription will keep going for some time, which means free $ for company.
- People who don't really need the new features of the app and normally would not re-buy it (perhaps the Developer neglected renewing the app and it only has minor changes) still get it and pay for it through the subscription.
I honestly can't think of a single advantage of subscriptions for customers.
At least Jetbrains lets you lock in the last version subscribed.
One of my favorite Mac app companies (along with The Omni Group and, more recently, Affinity). I always know I'll be paying for quality, polished software with Panic, and I've been looking forward to this Transmit update.
> implying they wrote most of that
That's absurd. They used a library, and it's a product page, so looking nice is a high priority
Until today's update, Cyberduck supported many more cloud providers than Transmit.
To be honest I'm disappointed by these file transfer apps. One common use case is to backup your local files, but none of these apps support pausing/resuming transfers after sleeping a laptop.
I'm looking for the equivalent to Backblaze software, but for any cloud storage service. Arq is close but it has mandatory encryption and compression, which makes you dependent on software to be able to restore. Sigh.
: Throwback http://vintagemacmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Fetch...
"Originally developed at Dartmouth, this product is now sold by FetchSoftworks."
The Panic app I miss most is Unison. Well, miss in the sense of miss it getting updated. It's still available.
Years ago, Unison and a fat Giganews subscription were fantastic ways to discover music.
I've got an old PPC G3 Pismo laptop, and when I fire it up I always run Audion to play some music while typing. Loved the skins, I kinda wish the "Delicious Generation" of Mac interfaces would make a comeback. I think this was the default Audion UI:
Instabuy for me.
It's great to see encryption is becoming standard practice with new services.
I love Transmit, but S3 has been broken for a long long time on Transmit 4 . Is it now fixed in 5?
 https://twitter.com/derscuro/status/525570239120285697?lang=... (There are earlier references to this issue than this).
Transmit spent so long developing v5 and didn't provide this (important) update to any v4 users even when it was present for around 2-3 years.
Let's hope they provide better support, for all the other new services they have added, going forward.
I've been using Transmit for 10 years and had already moved to Forklift since the Transmit 4 engine was so slow.
Transmit 5 looks awesome and I only miss access to Google Cloud Storage which surprisingly only Cyberduck supports.
This is where just having a license key and a dmg somewhere is preferable.
Having said that, nothing was ever as fast as LeechFTP I used on Windows [http://www.leechftp.de]. That thing was magic - no ftp client has ever felt so fast.
Based on your comment I downloaded the trial and confirms it works (only with TLS) for the Minio instance I have running.
Looks like they've made some S3 enhancements (which is my primary use). I hope they updated with support for KMS-encrypted files.
Same price new/upgrade. Its been 7 years since they've upgraded the previous version so thats fair. I like the "Sync folders" feature quite a bit.
They started making games, and was wondering if thats where the company was headed..
I'm cool paying $35 for Transmit 5.
Arq is atrocious for backups, but that doesn't seem to be its main use case.
What a surprise it's not a monthly subscription!