There were 2 big problems with the price of Iris before.
The first thing was that in order to not charge people multiple times I made Iris payments to be lifelong per version.
This means that when you buy Iris you can use it forever but if you want to get the latest version I’m developing you need to pay again.
I did this to not enforce subscription payments but to still enable users to pay several times if they want to support Iris
Over time I realized that this is actually not the best business model for several reasons:
– Most people expect when the license is lifelong to be able to update the program also lifelong but this is unsustainable from a developer point of view.
Think about it, I work whole day every day and if somebody gives 5$ I am providing my whole life support for this money.
The end result was that I was constantly promoting to find more and more people to buy to make my monthly pay, because I work full-time on Iris and I can’t focus solely on making the product great (Fixing bugs, Linux, Android, iOS, new features)
It’s clearly written on the licensing page that licenses are per version and I didn’t wanted to mislead anyone but a lot of people felt mislead.
For every person that felt this way I explained and created him new activation code but for the people who paid several times for Iris this was not fair.
– A lot of people have 2-3 or more PCs and they need to pay for every of their PCs.
Again I gave away tons of activation codes for free but this again was not fair for people who paid for multiple PCs.
Of course, you can use the License Revoke page to move your code on new machines but this was a crappy solution.
Based on this I finished a new subscription model and it’s live. You can now buy a subscription for all Iris products for 5$.
With this subscription model you can use all Iris products (Pro versions) on up to 5 machines.
Also all future updates are free to install and no need to pay for them.
This makes something like 1$ per month for all Iris products which I think is good for everyone.
I know that many of you just want all Iris products totally free forever but this works if you have a lot of venture capital behind you and Iris is totally self-funded by me.