Related link: http://danschimpf.blogspot.com/
It’s a shame to see that some people have had an extremely negative response to Dan Schimpf’s decision to make the latest release of MacJournal a commerical application.
The pre-release version 2.7 has been re-numbered 3.0 and will cost $30 for new customers. Anyone upgrading from an older version of the app need only send an email to get a discount code, and pay just $15. For the time being, if you really don’t want to pay any money, you can still download version 2.6 from Dan’s home page.
Schimpf’s supporters (and I count myself as one of them) say they have been happy, but very surprised, that MacJournal has remained a free application for as long as it has. Some detractors have criticized him for choosing to partner with Mariner Software as a commercial publisher of the software. An unhelpful minority have resorted to petty name-calling and petulant displays of public sulking.
Personally, I think that even the full price of $30 is excellent value for an app that does so much (including, in case you’ve never tried it out, Blogger and LiveJournal posting, WikiLinks, nested journals, full screen mode, a myriad of export and backup options, and a built-in taco). I hope that Dan’s arrangement with Mariner Software gives him the support (financial and otherwise) he needs to keep developing what is for me, an essential piece of OS X software.
Switching from free to commercial is going to cause problems for any developer; do you have any similar stories?