Capture One - latest update

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Glen Barrington
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Re: Capture One - latest update
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Hustle76 wrote:

Speaking as a Capture One user, I’ve been able to justify pre-purchasing the next version blind and at a discount for the last couple of years (I think) because I was confident that there was something that I pretty much thought was a shoo-in (e.g. support for a particular) and that I needed. This year, that’s not the case it’s not a given that I will upgrade - so will be looking with interest!

The thing is, the Software publishers don't seem willing to trade a little bit of profit for a much more stable and PREDICTABLE income.  As a result, their subscription programs charge too much for too little.  The subscription service should be something that is either a "no-brainer", or attractive enough that a user must really THINK about the possibility of subscribing.  So far, most subscription plans seem to be nothing more than automated pre-payment purchase.

While neither of these subscription programs are perfect, there are 2 software publishers that are at least on the right track.  They are Topaz, and ACDSee Systems.

Topaz sells a service contract and upgrade service.   You subscribe to ongoing upgrades and service but own the permanent license in effect at the time you quit the subscription.  This is similar to what IBM, Microsoft, and other industrial software businesses offer to their business clients.

ACDSee offers a slightly more 'conventional' subscription service in that you never own a permanent license, BUT they offer virtually their entire software suite at one low price including Mac products.  This price is low enough, that if you want to use more than one ACDSee product, you have to think long and hard about not subscribing.

Also, one can use the PC products, and someone else could use the Mac products, making a cost sharing deal between users possible.

Like I said, neither of these company's programs are perfect, but they DO appear to understand the idea that users need to get something out of a subscription plan.

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