First off, I should say, I have worked with David Ashman in the past (Developer of Weathericon, Lockscreen Info, and other nice tools for the iPhone/iPod Touch). He is a well respected iPhone Dev. in my book.
For the last few months, I have been BETA testing lockscreen info by David. I played with creating plugins, theming etc. Until recently Lockscreen Info has been in Public Beta, some people feel public Beta is freeware (Free Software to use forever) it’s not. You should expect after public beta, there may be a charge for the software you have grown to love and you now have a decision to make.
1. Keep running the last version of the beta (As long as it doesn’t expire).
2. Pay and get all the goodies/updates that come with supporting a developer.
3. Ditch it, you never liked it much anyway 😉
As a developer myself, I would certainly hope my loyal beta testers would upgrade to the final release and pay for it. I always give “good” beta testers (The ones that provide a lot of good de-bugging information and details to support issues they are seeing) a FREE copy of the software.
Back to Lockscreen Info… It has been updated many times in the last few weeks – most bug fixes, some noted in the “Changes”, others not. Until recently! The last update was posted, I check the “Changes”, nothing noted, so i expect it’s some minor bug fix.
The last update added not only an expiration date, but its no longer in beta. Lockscreen Info is now commercial software. GREAT TO HEAR, right… I guess what im trying to say is… wouldn’t it have been nice to offer this IMPORTANT information in your “Changes” (Change Log)? To me, it felt like “Bait-and-switch”. If David would have simply noted these changes in the description and change-log, No problem, I would have purchased right away. Since he decided to omit this drastic change, I felt rather misinformed when I got the popup telling me Lockscreen Info would expire in less then a month and I could pay using two methods (Use Paypal, and you get a convenience Tax, yeah it’s more if you use paypal).
OK, enough said… Im back to Intelliscreen and tweaked my Intelliscreen “Skins”. FYI, Intelliscreen 3.0 will be released VERY soon and Im sure you all are going to love it even more!
UPDATE: And Back to Lockinfo on iOS 4. Although still a little buggy after a number of BETA releases, I do enjoy its plugin integration which Intelliscreen has yet to offer.