No more perpetual licensing for Jetbrains products?

I've made it a happy habit of including Resharper in my list of tools that I use regularly and have come to rely on. I feel comfortable doing this knowing that if I have hard times ahead of me financially, that I at least have some hope of trying to earn an income by using the tools that I've already purchased licenses for. But with subscription based licensing I don't have that protection. I feel extremely uncomfortable making a gamble every year that I will be able to pay for access to the tools that I rely on for my subsitance and that of my family's. This is the exact reason I uninstalled other tool sets from my machine. I don't want my resources being held hostage in case I can't cough up a licensing fee once my current license expires. Please don't get rid of perpetual licenses.

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Thanks for speaking out, Ben.

The announced subscription model has been criticized a lot lately, which helped reveal its rough edges for certain groups of customers, apparently including yourself.

We're now discussing internally how we can improve the subscription model to improve safety of investment for individual developers.

This will take time but we'll get back with new suggestions later this month. Please follow the JetBrains blog for updates.

Thanks

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Since I think my thoughts will be lost if I post them in the thread already affixed to the blog post, I'd rather reply to Jura here.

I have been using IntelliJ/IDEA since I got introduced to it in my BS studies. At the uni I had student access, so a no-brainer for me. But after graduation, it has always been about hobbyism. I used to buy IntelliJ/IDEA every other year since I couldn't justify buying it every year (I only used it at home, not making money off of it) - professionally I'm forced to use much lesser tools that happen to be free.

With the subscription model that is already in place, I actually can't renew every other year anymore. If I understand the model correctly, my (maintenance)license expired on may 30th 2015. If I want to "renew" say in july next year, according to the blurb presented, the license (one year fee) will start to count on may 30th 2015. That means it will have expired as soon as it has been paid.

Which makes the current model unusable for me - although it made no difference at all for those that renewed every year anyway.

The rented-software subscription model is however fatal. There are some that will buy into this model - but there are many more that will find themselves switching to other tools that offer similar functionality for less hassle.

At least for Java development, there are two other players in the field.

I don't like the name-calling that can be seen in the blog-post thread, but I must agree that this subsctiption idea is one ill-conceived idea.

Best from Iceland,
     Þór

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Thanks for your thoughts, Þór!

AFAIK in the current model, renewing more than a year after expiration of your previous maintenance period is referred to as "past due renewal". It's a more expensive option than a regular renewal but still lower than a new license, and what's imporatant is that it restarts your upgrade subscription countdown: your new upgrade subscription period starts as soon as you purchase a past-due renewal, instead of being back-dated to the date when your previous upgrade subscription period had expired.

As to the new model, there's an understanding based on feedback that it mostly hits individual developers who are using a single tool on a casual basis. We're looking to find a solution that would take the burden off that group and still keep the subscription-based model in place. We haven't finalized a solution yet but please follow the JetBrains blog in coming weeks to know as soon as there's an announcement.

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I just read about the fallback perpetual license. This addresses my concerns. I wanted to give a big "Thank You" to the Jetbrains licensing team for keeping perpetual licensing in the new licensing model.

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Our pleasure, Ben. Good to know the updated model suits your needs.

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Glad to know on that!

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This answered my concern as well. I really like Pycharm but I'm also very anti-subscription in all aspects of , um..consumerism :) As a casual user who may use the app for a month and then switch to something else, the subscription is sort of a trial period and the 1 year sub is a commitment. 

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