KB wrote:Very few software companies continue to sell an older version of their software when a new version is out.
Apparently my post was too long, too complex, and too confusing. It has been completely misinterpreted and somewhat demonized. Let me clarify.
Apple still sells OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard. Last year I purchased and installed that on a used Mac Mini. I also run the latest version of DEVONThink Pro that will run on 10.6, licensed under their "legacy" provision. It was available for download on their site, and available for license. I upgrade-licensed several other "legacy" apps in the same manner, all for OSX 10.6.
Why such a Luddite, "stagnant", non-progressive approach?
Because Apple, in my opinion has ENFORCED an upgrade path that increasingly produces fewer user productivity benefits, focused instead on increased corporate return. I've elected to stay with an investment that yields maximum productivity and return for my purposes. I don't criticize those who upgrade every release; why do so many of you feel entitled to denigrate those of us who settle for a proven setup? (Our household runs the LATEST version of Linux on two laptops and two desktop machines. I upgrade those installations weekly with the latest released patches. Those are our PRIMARY systems. In my opinion, both Windows and Apple OS are no longer fit for purpose as productive household systems. Their major focus has shifted to mobile, hand-held systems.)
I agree that Keith and Lit&Lat must stay on Apple's dictated path. And at least half the user base is staying up with Apple's latest hardware and OS releases.
But... and here is my point (my ONLY point) and my criticism.
If L&L refuses to do as DEVONthink and others have done, and will not sell a license for Scriv2 so a 32-bit Apple OS user can install and use Scrivener on a legacy system, then that constitutes shutting the door on that class of user. That's your business choice. But to claim that it is a "burden" to sell a new Scriv2 license is a bit disingenuous. If Scriv2 runs perfectly well on a 32-bit system today, why won't it run just as well, without additional updating or support, tomorrow, next year, or the year after? Illogical, Scotty!
So if anyone, for whatever reason, purchases a legacy Mac system and seeks to install Scrivener... they're excluded. That's my point. Other software houses will license legacy versions; L&L has chosen not to.
(Postscript: We purchased licenses for both Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener. We run the Windows version under continuously updated versions of WINE for Linux. We do this for convenience; happily, Scrivener does run well for us under WINE... so far. Knock on wood. Luddite? Stagnant? I don't think so.)