As a full-time professional commercial photographer I use FotoMagico occasionally, say 3 to 4 times a year. With the shift to subscription-only licensing, am I supposed to now purchase a one (1) month subscription each time I use FotoMagico?
When version 5 launched in November 2015 (6 years ago), I upgraded soon afterwards for the price of USD $64.99. That was 72 months ago. This equates to a monthly payment of $0.90. Now with version 6 (which I assume most users would consider to be an evolutionary upgrade, not revolutionary), I’m required to pay $9.00* per month.
(I’m in the UK currently, where the price is listed as £7.99, including VAT. So I suppose the US price is: £7.99 minus £1.33 VAT = £6.66 x 1.35 exchange rate = approx. USD $9.00)
This is an increase of ten (10) times – from 90 cents per month to $9 per month. Yikes!
Sure, version 6 is better than version 5, but is it 10 times better? Will I be able to make shows that are 10 time better, or use one tenth of the time to create new shows with version 6?
Or another way to look at this, if it takes Boinx another 6 years for the same amount of improvements to be added to version 6 (so in essence it becomes the equivalent of version 7), then I will have paid $648 over the next 6 years (i.e. $9 x 72 months). $648 vs $64.99.
How does this compare to Adobe’s package of Photoshop and Lightroom monthly subscription, or Capture One’s annual subscription (I’m a Capture One user)? These are both just slightly more than FotoMagico’s v6 new price, but these are vastly larger, more complex programs, that professional photographers use and depend on each and every day.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Please share!