Ah, now I understand. So Sam is the culprit. He doesn’t perform updates, nor does he act in the “MVP-style”? Why is your reasoning based on today’s state of affairs, even though we’re discussing the past? And once again, you brilliantly seize the slightest opportunity to promote your products between the lines. Well done!
Indeed, I no longer use Xojo or plugins. I might as well keep quiet and stay out of it, but it allows me to express my opinion more freely. Many non-MVP plugin developers don’t dare to speak up because they’re genuinely afraid of the major competitors. That’s ridiculous in my eyes, but at least understandable.
In my view this fear is unhealthy and stems from the pathological nature of this “MVP system” and, of course, the current state of Xojo. However, with declining user numbers, deeper collaboration would likely be more appropriate.
I have always utilized all purchased plugins and add-ons, which is no surprise given that Xojo’s basic functionality leaves much to be desired. However, the quality of the documentation, particularly the included examples of some plugin vendors, is debatable. That alone could justify a discount, separate from wild promotions like the Omega bundle.
In any case, it is a great pity that very good products from Sam suffer from these smart-ass, predictable political games. His products were not simply closed source wrappers of open source solutions.
Offering products to enhance a subpar product is always commendable and sometimes worth the price, but it doesn’t necessarily imply that those products are exceptional. In environments with limited or no open-source projects, there is unfortunately a lack of competition that could alter this reality.
It is particularly absurd that the Xojo’s “Kolkhoz roadmap” also relies on the regular updating of plugins. This ultimately results in my view in an expensive yearly subscription plan for “everything” without much-added value or functional need for it.
It is what it is, and above all, it’s disheartening with a touch of absurdity.