- People angry that they have to repurchase the application and will not get upgrade pricing
- People that are concerned the MAS will reduce the functionality and update cycles
For people in camp 2: Welcome to camp 2. I’m right there with you. As my last post detailed, the MAS version has already broken my Dropbox syncing.
I wanted to use the MAS version of 1Password for a couple of reasons:
- It’s simple and I don’t need to track serial numbers
- I don’t need to hunt for the installer when I get a new machine
- It’s great advertising for a great product
- I want to support the MAS model
I can’t hold it against AgileBits for wanting to go MAS only though. It simplifies their business a lot. They don’t have to manage application distribution and licensing. They don’t have to manage a store. They even get a bit of “free” advertising by making it to the front page. The Agile team deserve a break for experimenting and taking a chance. I can’t name many products that have such aggressive development and improvement cycles. They also really care about what they are making.
On the other hand, I’m concerned this is a bruise that might take a long time to heal. A password manager is an intimate application. I trust it with the security. When someone threatens the future of that security I get nervous. There’s a reason I refuse to event look at Apple’s Keychain application. I’m already taking a look at alternatives to 1Password just in case they can not fix Dropbox syncing. I would have never considered an alternative before yesterday. I probably would have continued to buy every major release of 1Password and included the master password in my Estate Plan and Will.
- These camps are note mutually exclusive ↩