I like free. (Don't we all?) Since 2002, jAlbum has been free of charge for both commercial and non commercial use. We have charged for our storage, but not for our application. However, a majority of our users use jAlbum for their own sites and don't feel they need a jAlbum account. At least they don't want to pay for something they don't use. This is fully understandable and we actually support the fact that jAlbum albums are used on web servers around the world, cause unlike other photo sharing services, we don't think you should be forced to "put all eggs in one basket".
Over the years we've tried different ways of generating revenue indirectly, like hosting, donations, ads, affiliate deals and printing, all with the aim to be able to keeping our base product free. However, the truth of the matter is that it just doesn't cut it. For jAlbum 10, we're therefore introducing a "Pro License" that enables you to use jAlbum without any credit links, nags or ads and we're also changing our license model from "Free" to "Free for non commercial use", so if you're a commercial user of jAlbum, you either need to purchase a Pro License to use version 10 and onwards or use a Premium or Power subscription. (The Premium and Power subscriptions have the Pro License baked in for the duration of the subscription period).
The Pro License is priced at €39 ($55). It doesn't expire and it's valid for all 10.x versions of our software. Don't worry, we won't be releasing a v11 within a month, and when we finally do (give it a year), we will offer a fair upgrade path to existing license holders.
I trust that you understand and support this step. We believe this enables us to continue developing and offering jAlbum for free for the many non commercial users in the world, and professionals get a high quality well supported product free of ads, nags and credit links.
We're thankful to all of you who have supported us in various ways. Without your help, we wouldn't have come this far. I'm thinking of those of you who have donated, helped with translations, developed skins and supported other users. Those of you who've donated €10 ($10) or more to us during 2011 will get a 50% discount on the Pro License if you order a Pro License before the end of this month. Just state "YOUROCK" at the order page.
For the rest of you, we wish to celebrate the launch of the Pro License too. We therefore offer you 20% discount until the end of this month. Just state "GOPRO" at the order page.
How are you ? I am currently working for a goverment institution, which is a non comercial organization providing free education to its country fellow.
Please can you tell me weather this software will be free for me or i have to purchase.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoping to hear from you soon .
Thanks and regards
My saying is that if it's free it's for me. But seriously speaking, this is a good deal. Even the pro license is reasonable.
frangagn, regarding AppStore and the prices you see on software there. Apple have been able to create a culture where paying a small amount for an app is natural. I don't think twice about paying for apps on AppStore myself. I'd love it it the same was possible for us, but the fact of the matter is:
* Apple does not allow jAlbum in their AppStore (banning all software that are "relying on "obsolete" 3:rd party products like Java")
* The culture of not thinking twice about paying a small sum does so far not apply to ordinary credit card payments over the web.
This means that we wouldn't be selling 10 times as many licenses if we cut the price to 1/10. Sad but true. I hope there will soon be payment methods on the Internet that bring the AppStore payment culture to the rest of the web.
Yes, its obvious that frangagn only read half of it + didn't read the blog post either, cause if he had he would realize that I've tried keeping jAlbum pure freeware for any use for years, but never got those alternative business models working. What we're doing now is better than going out of business altogether. I'm also explaining how he can get rid of ads without paying us by switching off Widget support. Let's see if he gets the message this second time ;-)
did you really read David's comment properly??
And since I want to show you that I'm not simply criticizing, but also offering ideas:
Instead of annoying your clients by putting adds on THEIR websites, why don't you create a basic free jalbum, and a NEAT, I mean really neat paying version. Instead of walking away, your clients may be enticed to buy the commercial version of something they know instead of shoping elsewhere.
And yes, 40€ is too expensive for what I do with it. Apple and Google are making piles of money offering software under 7€ on their stores.
If Google, Facebook, Linux and al. have found a business models where they can offer their products free of charge and still make money, you can think of something better than using publicity in our websites to entice us to pay your license!
You are also walking away of all the goodwill and free developers time and user debuging that made Jalbum what it is.
Hi frangagn, sad to see you upset and leaving. We have to make a living somehow and have muscles for further improvements and supporting users. I hope I've explained why we have this new "Free for non commercial use" policy from now on. Isn't it fair that commercial users also pay for a tool that helps them selling what they sell?
If you're not a commecial user and wish to get rid of ads you can still switch off Widget support in jAlbum. Then the ads go away too. We're looking into adding a "Standard license" soon for non commercial users that wish to enjoy all benefits we provide but feel €39 is too pricey. I hope and think you will find one of these last alternatives attractive.
I have been using jalbum for many years now. Since you will be using adds on my web pages unless I pay 55$ to buy the pro version, I will now be looking for another freeware. There are plenty out there.
I feel it's a real pitty and am really annoyed. I liked Jalbum. But if you go that route, you lose me.
You're probably thinking "Well, we don't want this kind of guy anyways". I wish you're right and that there will be more users that will be willing to pay the $55 than the number of users that quits and drop their accounts. But I doubt it, plenty of choice on the internet....
i was cryopreserved for several years and was unfrozen last week. i'm also very upset! :P
If I had been capable of checking my email, I surely would have. But I cannot purchase software simply by checking my email, even if I had access to it. I'm sorry you feel that it's ok to make a long-time user wait until Christmas-time. Your software has been getting advertising from my albums on my website for several years now.
I'm sorry that you're upset. It's enough to check your email every second week and you'll never miss a discount offering from us, but as is the nature with discounts, they have a time limit to them. Let's see what Christmas time has to offer...
I've been without a computer for several months and just found the email regarding the discount. I'm upset that it's already expired. I guess I'll wait and see if another one comes around.
That's right Eddict. v10 doesn't change the ad behavior in any way. I'll help you out on the discount as you missed it due to your vacation. Please see your jAlbum message box.
just back from (well deserved) holiday, little late reading this news...
so if you don't use the widgets you won't get ads in v10 as well?
anyway, i don't mind supporting, is the "YOUROCK" discount still valid for donators??