Wow, was about to install EventBox when I thought of checking the thread. It is effectively quite misleading to offer it as a bonus free app.
The deve;opers of the app have definately lost my support. That's for sure. I dont usually like to complain but the way it is done is very much like cheating as far as i am concerned. Giving away a half finished app that would never get support or updates (unless you pay for upgrade) doesn't really count and is not good advertising for the developers either.
From what i have heard a similar thing has happened in the past with the Speed Download app from Yazsoft (the developer locked the app to Mh members after a few days) and people including macheist were not happy about it.
I can completely understand the developers limiting the Macheist version so that future features are omitted, but only providing a memory sucking demo of your software under the guise of a free app (whatever lack of the upgrade policy) isn't going to win any friends.
I know people may post "you didn't pay so you haven't lost", but didn't we download "Get Eventbox Free" and not "Get a time crippled memory leak restricted trial of Eventbox free"?
It does appear that unless the developer makes a memory-leak fixed Macheist version available then this years "Speed Download Award" sadly goes to Eventbox .
The fact the app offers to upgrade itself, with no mention that it'll change from "free" to "paid" seems like dirty pool to me. Yes, the download itself was marked "this build free", but it shouldn't offer "helpfully" to update itself (like most current Mac apps) each time it starts, without notice that once you do **WHAM** no more free app.
This stinks. It was billed as a bonus app and yes it was stated that this app was special for MH, but come on, the party just ended and now this "new" version is a 14 day time bomb.
I've been trying to restrain myself but this is just too much. Are you guys listening to yourselves? How on earth were you ever wronged by MacHeist or by The Cosmic Machine over EventBox? The self-righteous sense of entitlement that I'm seeing here is absolutely astounding. Maybe the naysayers were right after all - maybe MacHeist truly has driven down the value of independent Mac software developers and their products, if the comments about EventBox here are any indication.
First off, how were you lied to, or how were you the victims of any dishonesty on the part of MacHeist or The Cosmic Machine? The Directorate promised a free, unlocked version of EventBox for you, which you would have otherwise paid $15 for had you decided to buy it yourself...actually, for *anyone* who dropped by the MacHeist main page to see the bundle. You didn't have to pay a cent for it. It wasn't part of the bundle; it wasn't even part of the loot, as you didn't have to complete a mission or solve a puzzle for it. You were given a fully functional version of their software.
Second of all, the software which was advertised to you was advertised as a social network management app, was it not? Mainly for Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader, with most of the emphasis on Twitter. When Twitter functionality - part of the core features of this app - was lost (due to an undocumented and sudden server-side change in the Twitter API), they fixed it with a prompt update. Which means that the MH version of EventBox you're supplied with now works as well as it did when you first got it. Again, where's the crime, and how are you the victims?
Thirdly, if you'd bothered to make the effort to see EventBox's website, you would have easily seen that it was a beta. Of course stuff doesn't work right. Why are you suddenly all acting as if paying for beta releases of apps is a crime? You paid for a beta when you bought the bundle and got The Hit List beta release; I'm sure some of us paid for the beta version of OmniFocus way back when it was released. How is "discounted beta" == "crippled demo"? Especially if you've been given a version of the discounted beta for free, with no lock on its functionality?
Yes, they pushed out a paid update through Sparkle, which no matter how you slice it, is a very, very bad idea. But if you'd bothered to read the EventBox support thread or even this thread, or even the EventBox/Cosmic Machine blog on Tumblr instead of whining, moaning and complaining, you would have found a free update to the original MacHeist build issued for you. It's nowhere near the level of what YazSoft did; we paid for SpeedDownload as part of our bundle, so we all had a stake in making sure YazSoft stayed honest with us. We never had that level of commitment with The Cosmic Machine because they gave us their app for free! They gave us an update with no fuss and no muss; it took YazSoft a protracted and long, drawn-out campaign over several months to get what we fully paid for.
And what's up with everyone complaining about the MH build being version locked? We've gotten free version-locked (to varying extents) apps from MacHeist since January, even more if you count the Giving Tree; developers gave away version-locked apps during MacHeist 2, MacHeist 1, and MacAppADay, and even MyDreamApp, if you remember that far. Have people suddenly forgotten about how common this is nowadays? As sfchris mentioned, magazines like MacWorld have been doing it for even longer.
This incredibly immature sense of entitlement really needs to get toned down. If I were an indie dev. and I saw the level of baseless and greedy outrage over an app that was given free to them with no strings attached, I might want to think twice about getting involved with MacHeist. I'd want a customer base with which I can get involved with and from whom I can get helpful feedback and support, not one which seems to have some over-inflated, self-important sense of entitlement to my hard work for free without any concern whatsoever for how it affects me as a developer.
The developers who've given us support above and beyond our role as MH members have done so likely because they feel they have the resources and finances to do so; with others, it may not be so. Why do you think it's your right to punish more resource-strapped developers for that? What entitles you to have such hostility? Again, you didn't pay for their app: it was given to you for free.
I'd never thought I'd ever see so much complaining and whining over a free app which was given to them in exchange for nothing (not even any kind of email registration)...but I guess now I truly have seen everything.
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