Big question though, is there anyone who can say hand on heart that they only purchased based on expectation of V3 end August and V1.9 is not fit for their purpose meantime.
Wasn't v3 being offered as a free upgrade if you purchased v1 well before the end of August 2019? Wasn't there a similar or the same offer about a year ago or so? I seem to remember someone having purchased their v1 license quite a way back and being upset that they are still waiting, a year or so later for the promised v3. If that's the case, I don't think it unreasonable that they are unhappy. Again, v1 is very serviceable. I use it almost daily. But that's not the point. This individual, and others like them, bought it to get the next release, which they were lead to believe was soon going to be released.
But the point is not that v1.x does the job. It certainly does (despite the annoying license activation thing). There are people who have posted here saying they bought it because WinV3 was imminent, according to the blog post. The fact they received 1.9 and that it works is not the basis for their complaint. It is that the target date was not met - and the subsequent "a matter of weeks not months" was also not met. I see no issue with anyone expressing their disappointment in this.
I agree. Here's a dumb analogy - you go to a car dealership because they are advertising a new car that looks fantastic. It's exactly what you have been wanting and, heck, you happen to be at a point in your life where you have the money, too. When you get to the dealership, they tell you the car is still in production, but it's release is imminent. Pay for it now and you'll get this other car to drive around in until your new one arrives. So, why not? You get the old car to drive in the mean time, even though it's not as cool, doesn't have all the features the new car is said to have, and it's not what you really want. But, hey! It does the job, right? It gets you from point A to point B just fine. Then a year goes by ... and still no new car. Sure, you have a car and you are getting where you want to go, but you are not getting there in the car you want to be driving and paid for
. You're not getting there in style and you don't have access to the features the new car is reported to have. You bought the new car and were willing to drive the old car until the new car is finally released, but you did not anticipate having to drive the old car for weeks, months, or a year or more. The release of the new car was imminent, after all. As a result, you begin to resent the old car, the dealership, and the manufacturer of the car. You feel mislead.
Technically, if the dealership said you have a serviceable car, that it does the job, they'd be right. Technically, if they said that their word is good and you'll still get the new car, they would be right. But you'd most likely still feel cheated and possibly even lied to because they made you believe the release of the new car was going to be quite soon indeed. And it wasn't. Maybe there were technical difficulties at the factory. Could be. Even so, perhaps the factory should not have made the offer if they weren't absolutely positive the car could be delivered as quickly as they were letting on. Whatever the issue or issues, you would most likely be unhappy, even if the dealership fully intends to honor their word.
Yeah, it's a dumb analogy. But the point is, the people who are upset with the v3 delay have a good enough reason to be upset despite having a perfectly serviceable copy of v1 to use for their writing. I fully expect, like the dealership in my story, L&L to deliver a fully function v3 and to honor their word to those who had purchased v1 with the expectation to get v3. I don't think anyone believes otherwise. But just because this is the case does not mean some people should not be upset over the situation. It's simple. They bought with an expectation and that expectation was not met.