I just had to say this - but please understand I am completely pro-Xojo and don’t intend to be cynical or contrarian.
I got a notice about the Renewal Sale going on until Wed and since I’m up for renewal I might do it. (Although I’m barely using Xojo, I’m mostly on REAL2011r3 for the PPC et. al. support)
I know it’s hard for a company to resist “making the bait tastier” but the note also says “This is going to be a big year for Xojo… 64-bit support, and iOS coming soon.”
This ALWAYS gets ANY company in a pickle. There’s no promises stated here, technically, but if the teaser is put in a renewal announcement, doesn’t that just set up the expectations of the user? The usual delays WILL happen and even if best case these features become usable in (say) November, that person could have saved their $$$ and renewed next year. Xojo’s renewal system rewards those who wait, since it’s time-based.
As a company who has gotten my rear smeared for future announcements, I would hope that all of us would learn our lesson and let the CURRENT features drive the sales, not the PROMISED ones. I do understand, though, we live in a highly competitive environment, but is this really good in the long run? Xojo should be about the long run - REAL has been around forever, and tomorrow is the next forever.
Xojo has been decidedly late on the important upgrades, but I’m not pinning that on Xojo because everyone is late these days. But since this an industry-wide phenomena, everyone should know that EVERYTHING is “coming soon”.
Some people here renew to fund or contribute to Xojo. I don’t. So, if you are renewing with future features in mind, and perhaps to be constructive I would remind people less familiar with this conundrum that future features, regardless of future projections by anyone, are VAPORWARE - they don’t exist and will never exist until they actually appear. When you sink in money, anything that does exist is not at risk, whereas everything that does not exist is entirely at risk. So don’t complain if you’ve renewed and that something that “was supposed to” appear, doesn’t appear.
Again, I am not trying to be cynical, and I certainly hope that 64-bit and iOS (and lets add Win apps that look current) appear earlier more than later. Go Xojo!