Re: Cost / License?
> % With all due respect, I tried a
> % "donationware" appraoch for almost
> % years, and the unfortunate fact is
> % the vast majority of people don't
> % donate. I work on Andromeda
> % and that includes a lot of the
> % stuff like writing docs, answering
> % tech support email, and so on.
> Boo hoo. Then take your product off the
> market. I just wasted a half-hour of my
> life downloading and installing your
> code, configuring Apache, and trying to
> get andromeda.php to ignore files
> starting with "_". Granted, with a
> little investigation I could have
> determined that Andromeda's "product"
> was a single crippled, unmodifiable PHP
> script. Now I wish I had known that
> before I bothered downloading it.
Why would he take it off the market if there area people willing to pay the (small amount of) money?
This post is coming 6 months from the original comments and obviously it's still getting around.
> % The evaluation version of Andromeda
> % indeed fully functional -- everything
> % works exactly as it does in the full
> % version, except that only half of
> % music is displayed.
> To use the phrase "fully functional" for
> a "product" whose only feature is
> crippled in the most perplexing way
> imaginable (although I suppose you could
> have just programmed it to ignore random
> files, that would have been slightly
> more confusing) is dishonest. Every
> other file?? Really? I have been a
> software developer for over 10 years,
> and I would have never even considered
> confusing users of a demo product in
> that fashion. If I had discovered this
> handicap on my own, I would have assumed
> it was a bug!
Fully functional is a perfectly fine way to describe it. You can play your music, see, browse, search, do whatever you want. Hiding half the music simply prevents you from using the demo as opposed to the real thing.
What's so confusing about it? It is clearly indicated on the demo download page.
Nobody provides a "Fully Functional" copy of something that isn't handicapped in some form. Most software is restricted to 30-days of use, or has nag screens, etc. Limiting it to view only half of the music is pretty much the only option he has in PHP/ASP. Clearly your "10 years" of "Software Development" "experience" didn't include any form of marketed software.
Though, someone savvy enough (and you say you are a software developer?) could hack the evaluation to work properly, is it really worth it for saving only $35?
> % If the free version worked exacly the
> % same as the pay version, that just
> % up back in "donationware" territory.
> % Does that really seem so unfair?
> Look at it this way: I was about to send
> you an email asking how I could modify
> Andromeda.php to ignore files that start
> with "_", along with a $10 Paypal
> donation. Instead, I'm whining on
Boo hoo, then get your whining out of freshmeat. People use this software, and people pay for it. If you don't want to then oh well.