I was not going to intervene in this issue for several reasons:
1 – I do believe that we should be grateful for what we were given so far.
2 – I do not know anything about the real financial situation and the meanders of the decisions made.
3 – I do not believe that anything I would say would change the intentions the “team” already defined.
4 – I did not want to play the role of someone that is whining about everything for free.
But, on the other hand, it was as much I that looked for free, as the team that asked for my adherence and “support” to a project that had some preconditions (Will Gravit stay free?). I searched for a “free vector software” and I did not force anyone to make it so. I did and do not know nothing about designing, I had the desire to learn, I had no conditions to spend money (not anyone’s problem, of course) in another hobby… the assumed permanent free character of Gravit Designer, some positive opinions and the portable version (that for me seemed very useful) made me decide for Gravit and invest my enthusiasm in it.
Well, after these confessions, I finally come to you @ReneSmit:
Of course, your question is a rhetorical one, we all know something like that was supposed to be the main funding of Gravit so far.
1 – I have hoped that, with some help from people with the “right contacts”, this could be developed and become more profitable.
2 – Donations.
3 – The marketplace, where we all could sell our designs, plug-ins, etc. with a part of the profit reverting to the team.
4 – Including publicity (annoying as it is) and buying links in the sites and forums; perhaps also a well exploited youtube channel.
5 – Limiting the storage space in the cloud version (allowing nevertheless people to save locally), selling more space if really wanted.
6 – Even limiting the free use of Gravit Designer to personal, academic and smaller businesses use.
As said, I hoped that this all together could be enough for making Gravit viable.
7 – And yes, I could even imagine a Pro version, but one that only had small differences: being compatible with specific file formats of other paid vector programs; allowing several designers to work simultaneously in a same project from different computers and, of course, being licensed to all sort of commercial use. But the real design tools should be exactly the same.
I dared even further, I have created a new feature request, Petition to Corel.