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Versioning, Licensing, and Sketch 4.0 image/svg+xml

Until now, it has been our custom to release a major version of Sketch (2.0, 3.0, etc) every couple of years as a paid upgrade, with minor updates (3.1, 3.2, etc) for free in between. While this is a very common model for software, we don’t think it is fair: customers who have purchased an app closer to the original release date get free updates for longer than someone who bought the same product halfway through its release cycle.

I don’t have a problem with developers who want to introduce a subscription fee for their software, but why dress it up as anything other than what it is? I’m pretty sure that fairness has no relevance in this decision.

My knee-jerk reaction: I’ve enjoyed using Sketch, but I’m thinking that I’ll probably move back to Inkscape, or look for a promising alternative.

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