Thanks, but no thanks.
I refuse to be forced into purchasing products which contain extensions I no intention of using. I have been a customer of WA for over 8 years I have spent over $1300 in that time not to mention the support tickets with Ray but the direction the company has taken smacks of pure profiteering. I understand any company need to make a profit as do I but there has to be a balance in providing value for money this is vital for customer retention, me as a customer do not feel valued.
Now there will be people on here jumping up and down saying WA are great they do this, that and the other, that's fine each to their own but as a developer who does not need simple extensions why are you forcing me to get them so I can use the few I do?
The stock answer is the simplicity in installing with one serial No., no hassle with the installation order & improved compatibility, but hang on why would a company make a product that does not fit in with its product line?
It’s like a company selling baths, showers and taps they work great on their own! But don't expect to fit them together and work as intended! Eh? Would it not been better customer service to make an something akin to an air app which linked to your account so you could tick which extensions you wanted to use and then install them in this order? This would allow individual extensions to be purchased, easily installed & updated.
Now I know this would involve additional work so costs would be incurred but I for one would not object paying for compatibility upgrades, as you have mentioned extensions are designed for the version currently in circulation so additional work would be require to bring existing extensions up to spec but why force developers to purchase extensions they do not want or need? This is the part that turns me off any further investment in WA software, but then again if your bottom line is improving why bother!