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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
May 10, 2019 at 12:26 PM

 

So I just subscribed to a year of DataOrganizerd ($20) even though I probably won’t use it as is. The app just doesn’t have the features I need in a lightweight database. But in an email exchange with the developer, I believe his goal is to make DO a legitimate Bento alternative. So my subscription is an investment in helping to achieve that. Does anyone else here make a similar purchase decision? Just curious.

Steve Z

 


Posted by Paul Korm
May 10, 2019 at 12:46 PM

 

Yes I have.  I recently purchased the upgrade to DEVONthink 3 and paid for the highest level, even though I won’t use all the features soon, because I’ve intensively used all prior versions without paying anything more than an upgrade fee from v1 to v2 about 9 or so years ago.  Considering the benefit I’ve gained in my business from using DEVONthink over the years, I feel it only fair to share that back to the developer.

I participate in several betas, and if I decide after the beta to continue using the app, I always pay for a full license rather than accept a free or discounted license.  I encourage developers to not give away licenses.  They made the investment, and should retain all the benefit. 

 


Posted by JakeBernsteinWA
May 10, 2019 at 03:32 PM

 

Same here, but I haven’t gone for the Server version. I also paid for DTPO not *too* long ago. ;-)

Paul Korm wrote:
Yes I have.  I recently purchased the upgrade to DEVONthink 3 and paid
>for the highest level, even though I won’t use all the features soon,
>because I’ve intensively used all prior versions without paying anything
>more than an upgrade fee from v1 to v2 about 9 or so years ago.
>Considering the benefit I’ve gained in my business from using DEVONthink
>over the years, I feel it only fair to share that back to the developer.
> >I participate in several betas, and if I decide after the beta to
>continue using the app, I always pay for a full license rather than
>accept a free or discounted license.  I encourage developers to not give
>away licenses.  They made the investment, and should retain all the
>benefit. 

 


Posted by Franz Grieser
May 10, 2019 at 03:52 PM

 

Another long-term investment in Devonthink Pro 3. And one in Tinderbox development.

 


Posted by Dellu
May 10, 2019 at 03:52 PM

 

I agree with Paul’s type of investment. That is a reasonable investment given that devontechnologies has a track record of supporting users for a long time.

But, Stephen’s kind of investment sounds very strange to me. Maybe I am a selfish person: maybe because I have little money. I never did this kind of investment. I generally avoid subscription software like a plague—-even softwares I like & use very much like AtlasTi, I am avoiding them because of the licensing model (—uck subsription; what if I don’t get an extra money to pay for their yearly fees, am I screwed?). 

But, paying for a software just hoping the developer will bring the feature I like—sounds a very risky investment.

There are many situations that the investment will not go to fruition.
- the developer might not like the feature
- the developer might prefer other features
- the developer might not further develop the software
- you might lose the interest on the software in the long run
- a better alternative came by
etc…

 


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