Pro version of Designer: suggestion for new subscription model

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cv27
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Pro version of Designer: suggestion for new subscription model

Post by cv27 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:29 pm

DemoPad made clear the need for recurring revenues when the cloud options were introduced.

I've counted around 15 versions of Designer since 2.153 that mention "Pro only" features. For those of us enthusiasts deeply involved in automation, several of those "Pro only" features are essential in saving tons of work adjusting our designs.

For home users to get access to Designer Pro, the current monthly cloud fee is relatively expensive (~100$ US/year). Personally, I don't use the cloud and see no advantage of using it for my setup.

I wish DemoPad would consider offering the Pro version of Designer to home users at a reduced subscription fee. Here's my suggestion for a home user version of Designer:
  • a subscription fee validated through DemoPad's cloud infrastructure
  • validate by embedding the licence key in the project uploaded to the client device so to limit the number of different devices allowed per subscription (3-4 ?)
  • a subscription would expire either after 'x' number of years or when introducing major updates
  • a low price point (20$ US ?)
  • disable activation of the predefined devices in Designer (Amps, HDL, matrices, ert.)
  • no project storage in the cloud
  • basic email support
I believe such an approach would differentiate hobbyists from professional installers. DemoPad would get an additional revenue stream.

Thoughts?

cv27
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Re: Pro version of Designer: suggestion for new subscription model

Post by cv27 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:19 pm

Am I the only hobbyist to need the Pro Designer version?

Other hobbyists chiming in would obviously add to the possibility of this materializing. It would be interesting to hear from the community.

Nnuudd
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Re: Pro version of Designer: suggestion for new subscription model

Post by Nnuudd » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:20 pm

I am in a similar situation. Since the change over because of it being monthly subscription i havent used it much.
I would definatly welcome somthing like your suggestion

hengenl
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Re: Pro version of Designer: suggestion for new subscription model

Post by hengenl » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:16 pm

I am a long time user of Demopad, and have done the transition too to the pro version. As you said I am a hobbyist too, and would be happy to get a subscription as you proposed.

cv27
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Re: Pro version of Designer: suggestion for new subscription model

Post by cv27 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:39 pm

DemoPad,

Not to put you on the spot, but it would be interesting to hear your comments on this suggestion. Thanks.

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