FoCal 1.0 was released in January of 2012, from that time there’s been in excess of 20 significant updates leading us to where we are today, very close to the full FoCal 2.0 release.
The first licensing policy, to charge an upgrade fee for a new major revision (e.g. FoCal 1 users receive all FoCal 1.x updates and then pay for FoCal 2.0 to have all FoCal 2.x updates included) hasn’t worked. One of the most frequent support tickets we see asks “If I buy FoCal now how long will I receive updates?”. It’s a good question but not so simple to answer, more recently we adopted a stop-gap position of saying “free update to FoCal 2.0 for all FoCal 1.x users”.
The nice thing about this stop-gap position is that even if you bought FoCal in 2012 you will have access to use FoCal 2.0 and enjoy many improvements. It’s however not so fair if, for example, you bought FoCal just after Christmas (say at FoCal 1.9.10) you’d get access to 2.0 but then need to pay for the further updates (e.g 2.1 onwards up to 2.9).
With the introduction of FoCal 2 and the FoCal Data Subscription in FoCal Pro, things have got even more complicated, it’s time to simplify things. It was never the case that a one time fee would provide a lifetime of included updates. With FoCal 2 being the first time across three years we’ve actually changed major revisions and before FoCal 2.0 hits full release we are making this change.
This type of change is not simple and we appreciate the crossover between the old system (which presented it’s own set of problems) and this new one might seem confusing at first but will create a more easily understood licensing model going forwards.
The new approach:
When new users purchase FoCal they are entitled to 12 months of software updates from their date of purchase. This includes the currently released version of FoCal and all software updates (both major and minor revisions) released over that following 12 month period.
When a user’s included updates period expires they will continue to be able to use FoCal at the most recent release covered by their included updates period. A new 12 month included updates period can be purchased, this will allow access to the more recently released versions of FoCal at a reduced cost (rather than having to buy FoCal again at full price).
Please note that ALL FoCal license holders are entitled to use FoCal 2.0 irrespective of the status of their included updates period.
The transition or crossover from the old licence to the new one is a little less simple, questions and answers below should help (we will add to this list and clarify things as needed).
I just bought FoCal will I have to pay to access FoCal 2.1 and further releases?
We wanted to allow those users who’ve recently bought FoCal a little stop gap rather than asking them to pay again to gain access to 2.1 onwards. We’ve gone back to 1st July 2014 (a little over a year) and made the included update period 15 months from their purchase date for those users.
I bought FoCal years ago (or before July 2014) what are my options?
You will be upgraded to FoCal 2.0 without charge. If you wish to have access to future versions of FoCal (e.g. 2.1 onwards) then you will need to purchase a new 12 month included updates period. This new included updates period will run from the date of its purchase, e.g. if you buy an included updates period today you will get the current release of FoCal and all updates for the following 12 months.
What if I upgrade from FoCal Standard to FoCal Plus or from FoCal Plus to FoCal Pro?
An upgrade is counted as a new purchase and the period of included updates runs from that date of purchase. Note as this is a new purchase it will not extend any outstanding included updates period but rather replace it.
I’m thinking of buying FoCal soon should I just wait till 2.0 goes to full release?
We expect 2.0 to go to full release during next month (the exact date always depends on any issues that surface during the test release phase).
I really like FoCal 2.0 will I see much advantage to having say FoCal 2.1 or 2.2 etc?
FoCal 2.0 in a lot of ways is a starting point. Much of the code is re-written, a lot of the user interface is re-designed and it gives a very solid foundation, we have much more planned. FoCal will be actively developed from 2.0 onwards 🙂
How much does it cost to extend my period of included updates?
Cost is 40% of the current price of the version of FoCal you are using.
How do I purchase a renewal/extension of my Included Updates Period?
Login to the License Management System and you will see a new Included Updates Period section.
Please use the comments section to ask any questions 🙂