i agree with this. ilok WILL be cracked, and in the meantime, if it were adopted, sales would be lost. and i think ilok would be the beginning of the end, so if it's adopted i will 'jump ship', for whatever that's worth.richie43 wrote:The older ilok software has been cracked, and it's only a matter of time before the new ilok will be cracked. Besides, in order for Nebula to effectively use ilok, it will also have to be adopted universally by all library devs (or the reluctant devs will not be able to develop for the Nebula platform, I assume). This is not free, and I will assume that some of the costs will need to be absorbed by the devs, the devs of algo-based plugins that use ilok that I have spoken to said that they had to do this. So if this happens, we lose a few devs, and the one's that remain will need to charge more, which will affect sales. I do think that libraries are sometimes overly-fair priced, they are worth more than what we pay, for sure. But when a library that had cost $30-$50 USD goes up to $100+, per library, do you think that the Nebula "industry" can survive?
I have said many times that I do think that Acustica and devs need to do whatever they feel they need to so that they can continue development and sales of this unique and awesome tool. I just don't think that the Pace ilok is the answer. I actually think that going with ilok would be the beginning of the end of Acustica, but if they still decide to go that route, I truly hope that I am completely wrong.
i think the vast majority of people who download pirated software, weren't going to buy it anyway. i think if you put out something that resonates with people, you price it fairly, and you work to develop a good relationship with customers, you can grow a base of support. or not. maybe you do all that stuff and it still doesn't work out. but i don't think spending tons of resources, time, and effort on protection that WILL get cracked, will cost money to incorporate, and will drive away customers, will improve that situation, at all, in any way.
i really have to question that something being available freely instantly cuts off all sales. this thread is almost 100 pages, and the dev is there replying, on most if not all of those pages. has the glue not been cracked/warezed? a quick search shows me it has. but yet here this dev is, still posting in a 5 yr old thread. why would he do that if he was getting no sales?
to me it seems that that thread disproves the idea that software being cracked instantly removes sales that can support a developer. it's a continuing, 5yr disproof of that theory. just look at all the people praising that thing in that thread, mentioning how they bought or will buy it, and are glad to do so, when all they have to do is go download a cracked version.
seems to me that the sad truth is, if sales are hurting in a software, there might be other reasons than piracy.
the glue has:
*a fair price
*great customer service
*a dev who has participated in a 5yr thread, discussing updates, taking suggestions, etc)
*unobtrusive 'copy protection'
*14 day trial version
this is all just my opinion, but i feel like instead of spending so much time worrying about copy protection that will actually stop pirates - which is an impossible thing - more time should be spent on emulating more closely, the successful model used by devs like cyotomic. it's a competitive industry, and i just think it's easy to assume that sales dropping is because of piracy, when it could be partly because someone else is doing something that has more appeal, and maybe even for a cheaper price. just like any other market, competition is a huge factor.
just one example- it's no secret that nebula is mystifying to newcomers.
is the glue?
if that were improved, shouldn't it be assumed that sales would also? people get baffled by nebula. people don't get baffled by the glue. they just use it.
that's just one of many areas that nebula could be improved, imo. when there is so much room for improvement, i think it's kind of ridiculous to be looking at locking the thing down with ilok as if that will somehow bring more customers. improving the product will bring more customers. making it more annoying by adding ilok, on top of the existing issues with using it, will not bring more customers.
again, this is all just my opinion.