Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Recent Reviews of XMLSpy and DatabaseSpy

In the past week I came across two interesting recent reviews of our products in blogs that I wanted to mention briefly:

As always you can download a free 30-day trial version of any of our products to try it yourself.


Garett Chang said...

I use to be a loyal user of your product, but in recent years the price has just escalated to a level where one has to really think about it before making a purchase. I cannot even recommend it to my clients anymore, because they are usually not willing to purchase licenses for an entire team; only a single individual.

My wish is that you would offer a stripped down version that supports some basic features; something similar to the home editions of the past, but with a modest price tag. I may be wrong, but it seems like this would generate quite a bit of sales. I know I would buy without hesitation.

It seems that I am not the only person who thinks this way as well.


Anyway, great product and best wishes.

XML Aficionado said...

Garett: thanks for the feedback. If you look at the amount of new features added in recent versions, you will see that we have massively expanded the functionality of XMLSpy in recent years - and all these features were added in response to requests from our users. Instead of breaking out those features into separate products, we included them all in XMLSpy, which is what our customers asked us to do, and we had to reflect some of that increase in functionality in our pricing, too. For example the new database functionality in XMLSpy was a massive development effort and now provides one of the best interfaces to access relational and XML data in databases in any XML editor out there. But you will find that the price of our XMLSpy Professional Edition is still comparable to competing products.
Nonetheless, you are correct that several people have recently requested that we provide an entry-level version of XMLSpy with fewer features and at a lower price-point.
At the moment I am not ready to announce anything, but let's just say that we are actively thinking about it...