I am with Eric and Topaz labs on this one.
It is not uncommen that policies are changed in time.
Last year several companies changed their policies to subscription, costing more then the price for the 4 Topaz labs main plug-ins. Furthermore, they keep on working even you don’t buy the new plan, unlike some other major companies who cripple/lock their software if you don’t pay the annual fee.
They did this without notice, so what Topaz is doing is quite decent.
I agree that a lower fee would yield in more sales probably. 50 Dollars for the whole suite and say 20 Dollars for individual plug-ins are IMHO more reasonable.
In current economy it’s not sustainable to keep giving away software, more companies changed to subscription for that reason. So, I am quite happy to hear it’s not going to be a subscription plan strictly per year. It seems you can determin when to upgrade to the new plan any time after the first year expired. That is more decent then most plans where you HAVE to buy the plan every year!
This way we( the customer) can decide when to pay for the plan and when we think the products are mature enough to own.
I’d rather have the 4 main plug-ins as mentioned above really good products then a load of mediocre ones just to generate money to be able to survive.
I like to thank Topaz Labs for their ongoing innovations and for 11 years of free upgrades.