While I was originally planning to pay for a commercial license, I am now of plan to abandon your Grid because it's simply too expensive for a startup like mine. (And let's face it, I'm not buying a J2EE platform here ;-)
I wish you good luck and am truly sorry things worked out this way, especially since we spent a significant amount of time integrating your widget with our application.
Do you not see that you ARE getting an entire widget set, not just a grid? My entire application (web replacement for a Windows application) is created using AW objects. And if you have invested a lot of time integrating this into your application, then to me it would be a no brainer to just pay the money and move forward. Calculate how much it is going to cost you to switch to a free toolkit, not only in man hours but in lost functionality. I have looked at almost all of the competitors and none of them are as fast and flexible as AW. If you really do the math, you will see that $395 is a bargain!
I don't see how the price increase from $299 to $395 could justify so much discussion.
Very true ... the price difference should be a non-issue to the honest developers who were going to pay the $299. There are probably many people using 1.0 who DIDN'T pay and DON'T qualify for the free version. I agree with your decision to only release a paid version.
With that said I wish you could find a solution to have a free/limited trial version. Hey, maybe that could be one that only works on FireFox since the market share is much lower. I'm afraid many people are miss out on this great control because they don't realize what they have found.
Would you rather have maybe 100 users paying $395, or potentially tens of thousands of users paying $50 or so?
Bring the cost down and you'll make much more in the long run.
Keep the costs as they are, and many will get it from Kazaa
Initially there was ActiveWidgets Basic license at $60 - only few people ever bought it, so this nice theory does not always work in real life.
eventually there will be limited free trial version. I already thought of offering Firefox-only version for this purpose - technically it is the most simple solution.
I know very much how really beautiful Alex's work is. This tool is amazing, if only for the GRID alone, well worth the price, if you have a commercial use or customer. Anyone who uses it for commercial purpose, without a license will surely be out of business soon.
However for those of us who, have to know tool VERY well before recommending it to our boss, I don't see why its not freely available for testing. . Making a demo, restricted or for only one browser, seems a lot of work for naught! Everyone here knows that as soon as you run any application at any site that uses this grid, you then obviously have a copy on your machine (it's not magic!)
So it seems, at best you're irritating the honest and encouraging the dishonest... by the no try policy.
It just seems counter productive...
For all who have tested earlier versions of the grid etc.. This truly is a stunning work of art, beautifully crafted, elegant code, and masterfully executed.
(please absolutely no flames in response here!!!)
thanks so much Alex!
I believe the inital shock is from noticing the sitewide pro cost which is pretty darn high considering what you are getting...I agree, we arent purchasing a Coldfusion server license or anything to that extent.
I do appreciate the product and I'm sure you have spent countless hours on developing this, but seriously consider easing the price of the sitewide licensing based on the product.
>licensing based on the product.
Amen to that
I will be surprised if there is a market for the professional product given the price tag. We would purchase a license for such a product if the price were not astronomic.
Actually, take a look at AW.HTTP.Request
AJAX routines included!
As far as pricing being astronomic, prices are for the version 2 which is a commercial product. Businesses who need this sort of toolkit, are willing to pay for that and the prices are no near astronomic. If you want a free version check out the GPL'd version 1 here
Please reconsider your policy. I would love to use active widgets in my app, it is a great product and I can guarantee you would have a sale from my client, but I really need the fully function code in order to sell it.
Drat. time to search the eather for an equivance.
Loved the Betas though
What are you thinking Alex? You had such a good thing going...
I'm really disapointed by this, I don't know what else to say... I'm speechless. I'd expect tricky stuff like this from Microsoft, I never saw it coming here. I'm back to square one I guess I better find some alternatives quick.
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