Posted February 24th, 2003 @ 09:01am by Erik J. Barzeski
Some people think subscription software is the future. That - eventually - we'll all be paying for our software by the hour, month, year, whatever. Guess what? For some, it's already here: REALbasic 5.0 is out.
REALbasic seems to have seen yearly upgrades since it's 2.x release or so (1998: 1.0, 2000: 2.1, 2001: 3.0 & 3.5, 2002: 4.0 & 4.5, 2003: 5.0). Who wants to bet we'll see 5.5 around July of this year? This far outpaces several other standard applications, like Office, Photoshop, the Mac OS, etc. Guess what? You sucker RB developers are already using subscription software, and REAL Software has you hooked, raking in two upgrades per year that run as high as $250 (and as low as $30). I'm looking at paying $50 to upgrade version 4.0 from less than a year ago to the cheapest license available just so I can release a freeware app for Sound Set Central.
I previously wrote about RB once on this site, and didn't get a letter from
Lorin or Geoff, so let's see if I can pull it off twice. Long story…