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Mach Discussion => General Mach Discussion => Topic started by: Fred27 on March 06, 2013, 05:32:19 PM

Title: Mach4 upgrade path
Post by: Fred27 on March 06, 2013, 05:32:19 PM
I work in software myself so I know how difficult questions about the next version are. I'm not going to ask for a likely date for Mach4 (although obviously that would be great). My problem at the moment is that I'm a hobby user and at the point where I can just about justify paying for the full version. What I don't want to do is pay for Mach3 just before Mach4 comes out and find I'm at a dead end. Also, being a geek I ALWAYS want the latest version even if I don't really need it.

No company wants to damage current sales with the prospect of a future version. What would be great is some assurance that a purchase of Mach3 today would get a free (or minimal cost) upgrade when Mach4 is out. Any chance of this?
Title: Re: Mach4 upgrade path
Post by: ger21 on March 06, 2013, 10:55:11 PM
I'd say the chance of a free upgrade would be very small.

When I was creating my 2010 screenset in October of 2010, I was told to wait because V4 would be out soon. The latest estimate is still probably 6 months until release. I'd guess over a year until the bugs are worked out.

If you need the licensed version, then buy Mach3 now. Noone is going to force you to switch to Mach4, so you can keep using Mach3 as long as you like, and switch over if you find that you need some features that only Mach4 has.

Also, be aware that mach4 is going to come in different levels, at different price points.