XoTT@6bI4 wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:31 am
My at mobile bill is $35 a month for 6 phones include home internet. I use public transportation for $30 a month to get to work. Everyone has different prices and opportunities
What country do you live in? In Toronto a monthly TTC pass for adults is $156.00, or essentially the cost of Simplify3d. $150US may not be a lot of money for some people, for others it is a major expense. Personally, I am retired, my monthly income is now less than what I was paying for income tax on my monthly earnings at their peak.
There will always be users that claim to be more than happy with a product they purchased, and do not see the need to keep up with the feature set in the firmware that gets added to/changed daily, good for you. The feature request forum shows what others are asking for. Some users get used to doing work around solutions that they believe that is the way it is supposed to work. Other users just cannot accept using work arounds.
Part of the "sell" presented to new users is the idea of free upgrades in the first year. This implies that they are going to produce upgrades to the software. 4.1 was released Nov 5, 2018. That will be 2 years in 60 days. I bought over a year ago, and because of my background in the software development environment, software that is a year old is rapidly falling behind. Don't get me wrong, software advancement has slowed down a bit from its peak, but, a healthy viable company must release updated versions yearly at a minimum. The longer it gets stretched out, the faster new sales drop, new sales is a slippery slope at the best of times. Customers are generally pretty savvy when it comes to software lifetimes.
There has not been any information regarding alpha or even beta testing being run with v5.0. You can count on at least of month of each testing phase. This type of software cannot depend on keeping beta testing internal. Far too many variables to possibly test internally. Having been involved in beta testing over the decades generally lasted a minimum of 60 days. I have not found any feature list for v5.0 online, is there one? The feature list is created before anything else is done. It must be nailed down, and not changed during coding. The quickest way to kill development scheduling is to fall victim to feature creep. I think we are at least 6 months away from a properly coded software upgrade.