As annoying as software pricing can get, I still think it should be up to the developers to decide what they want to charge - and up to their customers to agree or disagree by voting with their wallets.
One point: the 25Gb online storage part of the deal is no biggy. Microsoft will provide you with a 25Gb SkyDrive
account that's free for the asking. All you need is a (free) Hotmail account to sign up for it.
That being said, some people do love acdsee
, so it may be worth the extra money to some people to go the acdsee
Since I'm not a photographer, I'm not really qualified to assess just how much superior their photoediting and workflow capabilities are when stacked up against similar programs. I used to own a licensed copy a while back. I thought it was a decent enough app, but (unlike PSP) I was never that blown away by what it could do.
What I do find interesting is that most of the glowing comments seem to come from photographers and photography magazine reviews. The reviews you read in computer circles, while also generally positive, are much less enthusiastic about acdsee
's technical superiority compared to everything else out there.
I don't know if this is an indication that photographers know a lot more - or a lot less
- about what's available than the 'computer crowd' does. Fortunately, there's a 30-day trial available so it's easy enough to check out the claims for yourself.
Something to think about anyway.
Note: In this current business climate I'm a little skeptical about the recent proliferation of "lifetime" license offers. From an economic viewpoint, it doesn't make sense for any company that wants to remain in business to make such an offer. What often happens is they either go out of business - or pull the classic "rename the product" trick (aka the fruity loop
move) to get out from under their lifetime free upgrade agreement.
Anytime I see the word "lifetime" I immediately think: Yours, ours, or the product's - whichever comes first!