Update: We are now offering a 30% discount for those who upgrade before December 11th.
Since the release of Infuse 5 yesterday, it's been made clear to us we have failed to delight everyone with this new update. Part of this is due to the fact that Infuse 5 is a paid update, but a bigger part is due to us not clearly communicating the reasons behind why this is a paid update, and what are plans are moving forward.
So, for the sake of clarity, here are some answers to many of the questions we've received over the past day.
Why isn't Infuse 5 a free update?
In the past we have been very generous with our updates and provided virtually all of them at no cost. If you had Pro v3, you got Pro v4. No questions asked. The one exception to this was with Infuse 3, when we added DTS-HD audio playback and had to charge a small license fee which went straight to DTS. No one likes paying for updates, we get that. But the fact of the matter is we're a small company, and without revenue from updates like Infuse 5 adding great new features simply isn't possible.
Why isn't there upgrade pricing for current Pro users?
This one frustrates us as well, and it comes down to Apple's policies and the tools they provide for App Store developers. We would have loved to offer a discount for current users, but simply put there was not a feasible way to accomplish this in a way that was fair to all users. This is a major shortcoming of the App Store, and one Apple has addressed with annual subscriptions (see below).
Why the new subscription pricing model?
Subscriptions were introduced by Apple at WWDC in June of this year as a way to provide sustainable revenue models for developers and treat users fairly. This is what we have moved to with Infuse 5, and we feel it provides a much more straightforward way to purchase software. You know your cost (Infuse Pro is $6.99 per year in the US) and you will always have the latest and greatest version...even when new major updates (v6, v7, etc...) are released. We have also kept the standalone Infuse Pro app (which is a one-time, non subscription fee) for those who prefer it.
What about Infuse 4, will it receive any further updates?
We've released a number of updates for v4 over the past few weeks to ensure things work well with the recently released iOS/tvOS 10 updates, though no major features for improvements are planned. v4 will be removed from the App Store at the end of this month, but will remain available through your 'Purchases' tab if you need to reinstall at any point in the future.
When is Infuse 6 coming out?
Not for awhile. 12-24 months would be a reasonable guess.
What we're doing to make it right
Details here. https://firecore.com/forum/topic/17600
Thanks again for your continued support!