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As mentioned before I bought the Mac Heist II bundle and what an amazing deal it was too.
Thing is, there is a huge morel debate around Mac Heist and it has hit controversy again because as it turns out Yazsoft, the makers of Speed Download have used the Mac Heist bundle to offload the last few copies of Speed Download 4 (so to speak) before releasing Speed Download 5.
There are a couple of issues here, Yazsoft, maybe innocently didn’t realise before agreeing to the bundle that the Mac Heist way is that all the licenses are supposed to be full licenses, as in, they should be as if you had bought them individually. This has hit Yazsoft because they state on their website that anyone who purchased Speed Download 4 during January/February can upgrade to version 5 for free. However, they have decided that Mac Heist customers don’t qualify.
Another mistake Yazsoft have made is that Speed Download’s “check for updates” feature let you upgrade to Speed Download 5 as if it were a simple update. It did state at the top of the update notes that it was a paid upgrade but I dunno about you but when that update software dialog pops up, I have never read the blurb before hitting the install button!
Even worse, the app has an opt-in automatic update feature, that upgraded you to version 5 without saying anything.
The people running Mac Heist have psuedo officially called Yazsoft “weasels”, as in, they are trying to weasel their way out of giving mac heist customers access to version 5. I completely agree.
Idiot’s also IMO, because the Mac Heist bundle sold 43,815 copies, and for a small Shareware company to piss that many people off could kill them.
Sure they have apologized, but only after a rather large campaign of mac heist customers emailing them *probably quite abusively* and lengthy discussions on the mac heist forum. But as the apology doesn’t include any re-assessment on their policy, it is rather shallow.
I’d like to also finish by defending mac heist. Some folk such as daring fireball have criticized the bundle for devaluing shareware and for not giving a large enough royalty to the developers. I think this is poppycock, how many of the 43,815 people who bought the bundle would have purchased the apps individually had the bundle not existed? I wager only a tiny fraction. and 43,815 x $1 is still a lot more than 100 x $25. Plus, like many customers I hadn’t even tried the trial periods of many apps and now will keep paying upgrades for years on a couple of them…. as long as the upgrade purchase isn’t in the next week before I have even had a chance to try the app out!
“The only way is UP!” oh wait, that’s Yazz.
UPDATE: On the heist forum it was mentioned that yazsoft have started replying to complaints with a shiny new license code. So I complained and it’s true! I’ve now got my free upgrade to Speed Download 5. Woohoo! It pays to complain!
Now I feel kinda guilty. LOI