LiveCode 4.5 and the midsummer (2010) "save 60% on revStudio" deal

Peter Alcibiades palcibiades-first at
Tue Sep 21 14:26:57 EDT 2010

It is always a Faustian pact, using closed source software, especially when
it is in rapid development.  Rev is perfectly entitled to abandon the Media
experiment.  It was noble, but evidently it did not work out.  I also think
its treated the Studio buyers such as myself fairly, it was entitled to
change the terms of renewal any time it wanted, and its done so.  

You pays your money and takes your choice.  Python is out there, its free,
it has an enormous variety of IDEs and editors, its thoroughly cross
platform, and it has a thriving community and innumerable tutorials and
textbooks and howtos.

But, it is rather a steeper learning curve, depending on where you are
coming from.

It is really not much different from Hypercard, is it?  It is someone else
that owns it, and you have really no say in what happens to it.  Do not, one
might advise, get too dependent on it, unless you really know what you are
getting into.  The thing about Rev is that there is an inbuilt conflict of
interest between two target markets, those who want to develop
non-commercially, and need it to be cheap, and those who are successfully
developing commercially, and can afford to pay decent fees.  In the end, its
going to be very hard to reconcile the two sets of needs.  They have done
their best with the mix and match pricing, but some bits have fallen by the
wayside.  Pity.
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