Great post. I try not to get my head too deeply into the back-end political theater around who is doing what to whom and at what cost. Maybe I should pay more attention to that stuff.
Here is a simple view from a user:
For work related diagrams I’ve used Edraw Max for the last six or so years. Very happy with it too, until the time came to change laptops and my license key was revoked and met with an unyielding ‘you need to pay again’ from Edraw - despite having proof that I originally bought the lifetime of updates and support package. Nope, don’t care - pay again.
So what else is out there?
Visio 2016 was available from Software Geeks in the uk for £10 - I since bought that.
Gravit - which initially looked ideal. I mean really ideal - but when I got into it there were certain niggles in the workflow which bothered me. Another thing was that I read about Gravit on my ipad news feed. Screenshots were amazing, the soundbites from the company really excited me and … whats this? It’s free! Really? I crashed downstairs onto my laptop and wait… its not free at all… its £50… anyway… I installed it and found that it looks great… but why can’t I simply drag a bunch of objects that I have already grouped? Hmmm…not ideal.
Affinity I use on my Mac for web design and non work projects. If I’m honest I didn’t even know that they made a PC version - then seeing it was only £30’ish I bought that immediately. Happy happy.
In the meantime… Edraw came back to me with a revised offer for a new license… so I renewed that too.
Gravit was now forgotten… Vision… Affitnity … Edraw…
I gave money to M$, bought Affinity (could not care less about roadmaps or distort tools) and paid money to Edraw who I was cursing for ripping me on paying again… This user could not care less about any of that… I just need to get my work done. I EXPECT to be ripped off… I EXPECT to be short-ended by software companies… I EXPECT roadmaps to be abandoned… I just buy my way out of the problems in order to get my work done and feed my family.
I might buy Gravit yet too! When I have time to learn it a bit better; I don’t hold the premise that it was free against it, I just take smug satisfaction that I had smelled BS when I read the advert.