Update Protection - is it worth it?Author: Wayne B.
I have been a user of X5 since Version 8 and it has been a great tool to create my own sites. My update protection expires in a few days and I am (finally) trying to decide if it is worth renewing.
The reason that I am thinking about this is that when I look at the Forum, the vast majority of questions posted there remain unanswered to the satisfaction of the questioner. The Moderators (and many others) do an amazing job of helping out, but Incomedia staff appear to be the "meat in the sandwich" between users and the Development Team and often have to resort to stock answer phrases because they cannot offer anything else.
Proper E-Commerce facilities are what are being asked for - Incomedia rolls out a Preview program, which to me is just the Beta tester system renamed. Update Protection will cost me around $172 NZ per year. I can buy a new version of another website creation tool for less than that. In fact, I have done so for one that runs on my Mac and am trying to get up to speed with using it. It's not as easy as X5 but offers a lot more when it comes to E-Commerce and other features. I don't have to pay $172 every year to use it or get updates...
If Update Protection was cheaper (say, 50% less than it now costs) I would still maintain it. Otherwise, I am pretty sure that I could wait out 2 years or more on my present version and if by then a new version with everything I wanted in it was out, it would cost me less to buy this outright than what I would have paid in Update Protection in that time. As it stands now, I am not at all sure if I will renew it.
Advice from other users would be appreciated. What do you think?