There is a big debate occuring now due to changes to the Eagle CAD licensing policies.
I am hearing:
- the old Eagle licence policies are more attractive than the new policies
- low cost crippled versions are not very attractive as they ultimately result in paying full price or wasting the learning curve investment
- there are limits to what makers are willing to put up with, whether it is performance, cost or learning investment, but they are willing to put up with a certain amount of it when necessary
- products that push these limits will alienate some makers and not enjoy wide-spread acceptance
Given that manufacturers want to generate a continuous revenue stream from each product, what is the most acceptable method of extracting cash from makers?
- subscription (obvious continuous revenue)
- pay-per-view (obvious continuous revenue)
- advertising (Google & cloud model)
- pay-per-product (not continuous, but users will by new product when new products provide better performance)
- perpetual license with maintenance fees (normal CAD model)
If any of these is a low enough cost it will gain users, but assuming they are all the same cost, which is preferred?