Lifetime Personal Licenses

Dear JetBrains,

Next time you "offer" Personal License, what about also selling Lifetime
ones, at (for example) 2 or 2.5 times the standard P.L. price?

I recently purchased a lifetime hosting plan at TextDrive and it felt
different. Part bet, part investment, it made me wish more
products/services would use this scheme.


Alain

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Hello Alain,

Do you mean free upgrade to any future versions of IDEA?

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Maxim Shafirov
JetBrains, Inc
http://www.jetbrains.com
"Develop with pleasure!"


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Maxim

Hello Alain,
Do you mean free upgrade to any future versions of IDEA?



Yes.
It makes sense currently, as you offer only 1 version of IDEA,
extra-functionalities as paying plugins (TMate, f.ex).
Should you beef up IDEA, and offer an "enterprise" version, next to the
standard version, you'd could have to draw a line somewhere, a give a
real "personal" (non-entreprise) meaning to personal licenses.


Alain - 3rd_personal_license_in_a_row - Ravet




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What, nobody catches on this idea? I see it as a real win-win, for
JetBrains, and for us.

For developers:
No more "Do I buy it now", or do I wait 3 months till the next EAP, and
buy a license next year"?
I've already purchased 3 personal license in a row, and I'd be ready to
make a bet on JetBrains future and my need of Java, and pay 200-250% for
a lifetime license.


For JetBrains:
You'd get direct injection of 1/ more money, from 2/ more buyers.


Note: to avoid abuses, JetBrains could have to draw a line somewhere. Ex:
- 1 license per credit card
- license is for "personal" version of IDEA (not Enterprise version, if
such a one appears in the future).
- ...

Alain

Dear JetBrains,

>

Next time you "offer" Personal License, what about also selling
Lifetime ones, at (for example) 2 or 2.5 times the standard P.L. price?

>

I recently purchased a lifetime hosting plan at TextDrive and it felt
different. Part bet, part investment, it made me wish more
products/services would use this scheme.

>
>

Alain

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Lifetime Licenses I support wholeheartedly, but I hate the notion of different editions. One of the reasons I like JetBrains so much as a company and invest in pretty much all their products is because they don't have multiple editions, it is confusing and IMO very bad practice to have 'lite' 'enterprise' 'developer' etc.

Also, personal license holders are generally individual developers who take their IDEA with them wherever they go and this often brings JetBrains new business (I don't want to think of the number of sites I've been to that didn't know about IDEA and wanted it after seeing how productive I was with my personal copy). Developers like this are often involved in Enterprise-level projects as specialists and I do not believe they should have any features unavailable to them because of the licensing model.

IDEA should always be a standard price. If certain 'special features' are released and deemed worthy then they should be released as commercial plugins like TMate (and Fabrique was intended to be).

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Rod,

> I hate the notion of different editions.

I added
"could have to.. enterprise version.."
to show that if abuses - an enterprise buying only personal licenses for
its 50 programmers - are the sole reason to not offer this new scheme,
precautionary measures could be taken beforehand. This was just an idea,
and it's only up to JetBrains.


> Also, personal license holders are generally individual developers
> who take their IDEA with them wherever they go and this often brings

This kind of users must adapt to the - future - clients' demand, and can
have no idea of what they'll be doing in 6 months. It could mean "we all
use Eclipse here", or even "don't use Java because this is a Rails
project".
If you have a Lifetime License, you won't be bothered if you don't use
IDEA for 6 months, or if you just use it to edit XML, css or javascript
files.

Alain

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Different levels, I find, are a terrible idea. At every client I have
been at, there has been some tool where the 'Enterprise edition' had
some feature I figured was pretty much basic functionality. For
example, cvs access, subversion access, or even building a simple jar.

Usually, the tool got rejected because of the missing feature. This is
bad advertising.

(NB - not having a capability in any release is different. There, you
have decided what your tool produces.)

Extra plugins are a different story. They give a way to get revenue for
specialized features that the entire market would not want to pay for.

I am neutral on lifetime licenses. I would not mind paying for one, but
I have been burned in the past where the 'lifetime' version of a product
ceased to be updated. Alternatively, since 'lifetime' purchasers do not
contribute new revenue to the product, they tend to be ignored when
selecting new features or bugfixes. Thus, I tend to view lifetime
subscriptions with skepticism. That said, JB may be smart enough to
avoid both of these - they are pretty clever.

Scott

--
Scott Ellsworth
scott@alodar.nospam.com
Java and database consulting for the life sciences

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