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Is it going to be free?

Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 7:53am

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Adman

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Hi guys.
Not sure if this is posted in the right section, so I apologies if it isn't.
Anyway, I am seriously considering upgrading to vision lab, but I have a few questions first.
1) When eventually you do have the universal binary, will the update be free?
2) Is the update going to arrive this year, or will I be old and grey before I can enjoy vision lab natively biggrin
3) Are there any plans this year to update from 1.5 to 2 (in other words going to cost money for me to stay up to date)
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 11:15am

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pdrg

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try asking in the support forum for the product you're interested in, the fxhome types will find you easier there smile
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 1:37pm

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NickF

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1) If it is not version 2, yes.
2) Who knows!
3) See answer 2.

Don't take this as fact, though. It is true from what I understand, but wait until it's confirmed by an FXhome Team Member first smile
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 2:23pm

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Xcession

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FXHome only provide official release dates, not off-the-record ones like you're asking. When its officially announced, you'll know.

With such a small team, the smallest of events can wildly alter delivery dates, so its better to not even hint about them. Not meeting dates can upset far more people than if they don't mention the dates at all.

FXhome have always stated that all releases within the same primary version number will be free. Therefore if a universal binary is developed, and if it is released within version 1.x, it will be free. If its released as part of version 2.x (assuming that version 2 is developed), it won't be.
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 4:09pm

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Adman

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Xcession wrote:

FXHome only provide official release dates, not off-the-record ones like you're asking. When its officially announced, you'll know.

With such a small team, the smallest of events can wildly alter delivery dates, so its better to not even hint about them. Not meeting dates can upset far more people than if they don't mention the dates at all.

FXhome have always stated that all releases within the same primary version number will be free. Therefore if a universal binary is developed, and if it is released within version 1.x, it will be free. If its released as part of version 2.x (assuming that version 2 is developed), it won't be.
Don't get me wrong, I love the FXhome community and always will, but I have to say you post is anything but encouraging for a potential buyer.
And to be honest guys I don't know why you can't make it universal binary when you have had so long. You're just alienating potential customers and it seems that the windows version is cared for more by your team.

So I personally won't be purchasing as there isn't even a hint of whether the UB will be in 1 or in 2 or even if it will be soon. I'm not even asking for a date, just a vague idea but you still can't do that.

Thanks I suppose and this does not mean that I don't care for FXhome, as I do, but I just feel slightly disheartened.

-Adam
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 4:15pm

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Xcession

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I wasn't really trying to encourage or discourage you, merely state the unavoidable facts. The reason against a universal binary were explained by Schwar in a recent thread when the last round of software updates were made.

While we've never said that the current products would make the move to Universal Binary it is the direction we want to go in with our software....

...We really feel your pain but we are still held back by third-party products yet to make the transition to UB - some companies are slower than others due to the small size of the Mac market.
Its entirely possible that the third party software could get a update, makes a universal binary possible, but FXHome are themselves waiting on those third parties who also aren't releasing their dates! Its a bit farcical, but unavoidable since FXhome can't be expected to guestimate other company's release dates.

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Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 4:17pm

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JackPot

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Yeah, Xcession has hit the nail on the head.

We care about Mac and PC users equally biggrin
Posted: Thu, 10th Jan 2008, 4:21pm

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Adman

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OK thanks guys, sorry if I came off rude. FXhome still rocks in my opinion!
Posted: Wed, 5th Mar 2008, 7:28pm

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Am I understanding this correctly as to mean that the Windows version of VLab is newer and more updated than the Mac VLab?
Posted: Thu, 6th Mar 2008, 1:11am

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Axeman

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As far as features and capabilities, they are identical. the lack of a universal binary for the Mac version just means that it will run slightly slower on a Mac, versus a comparable Windows system.
Posted: Thu, 6th Mar 2008, 2:05am

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FreshMentos

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I was hesitant to get buy VLab when it got updated for the same reason as you Adman. But I needed it for my Mac and I was going to buy it anyway. I find VLab to run quite fast on my 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac.

So far I've been very impressed with how fast the program runs while using it and rendering. So if you really want it, I'd go for it. It runs pretty well right now and when it gets possibly updated with a UB, it will really fly!
Posted: Thu, 6th Mar 2008, 5:21pm

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I'm pretty sure it will run faster on my brand new Mac then on my 4 year old PC.