This is mostly in response to mgrimes’s note, but it’s partly also addressed to the DT developers:
I’m an actual paying customer – I bought DT Personal last April, shortly after I first heard about it, and it’s changed the way I work. I adore it. You folks (the DT developers) do great work.
However, there are two features of the Pro edition that I really want, and they aren’t in the Personal edition, not even in the latest version. I asked about those features in email in May 2004, and was told that DT Pro had them – and that DT Pro was “coming at the end of the month or beginning of June.”
Every couple of months I stop by here, and almost every time I stop by, I see statements that DT Pro is in a very stable late beta and will be released imminently.
If the two features I’m waiting for in DT Pro were essential to my work, I would be in the same position as rbl here. Luckily for me, they’re only essential to some aspects of my work, so I keep using workarounds and other applications to do those things, and I keep happily using DT Personal for everything else. But it’s still frustrating to keep hearing that the things I need are dangling there just out of reach – especially given the frequent statements that they’re coming soon.
And all the forum postings from happy beta users that say “The feature you want is already in the Pro beta and I’ve been using it for a year and it really rocks” – I know you folks who post that mean well, and it’s great to know that Pro will be really great when it’s released, but I’m afraid it kinda adds to the frustration for me.
So when someone like rbl who wants to buy the product expresses their frustration, please don’t slap them down for it.
I’ll keep waiting for Pro, and I’ll buy it as soon as it’s released, and I’ll be happy with Personal in the mean time. But it would be really great if DEVON could improve its communication with non-beta customers and with potential customers. Getting rid of places on the site that say Pro will be released in 2004 would be a good start (I don’t know, maybe you’ve already done that; I haven’t checked). Another good start would be refraining from making promises about when the app will ship – I’ve noticed in the last couple of months you’ve stopped doing that so much, and I appreciate it.
Software schedules do slip, all the time. But when a company keeps promising an imminent release and keeps not releasing it, all the satisfied beta users in the world don’t make the wait less frustrating for the non-beta users.
Clearly there are some non-beta users, like mgrimes, who don’t mind the wait; that’s great. That may even be true for most non-beta users; I can only speak for myself. But it seemed to me that mgrimes’s note suggested that nobody who’s actually paid for Personal Edition is frustrated, so I figured it was worth mentioning that I have paid for it, and I love it, but I’m still frustrated by the delays.
(And I know that the beta program is somewhat permeable – I’ve seen indications that anyone can get onto it by asking, though I’ve also seen indications that that’s not true. But for me, I can’t afford to use beta software for the things I use DT for, so I’m gonna keep waiting for the released version.)
I wouldn’t normally speak up about this, 'cause I know y’all are working hard and I don’t want to take your time away from DT Pro and other important projects. So no need to respond to my note here. I’m only posting to let y’all know that there are at least some paying customers (okay, at least one) who are happy with DT PE but who nonetheless share rbl’s frustration.