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17 Oct, 2014 10:16 AM

Hi there,

I’ve donated in the past, and I would not have a problem paying for upgrades as long as the price is reasonable. I would like to hear what kind of pricing structure you guys are looking at with the private/professional split and what each tier would land at.


  1. 1 Posted by stoney27 on 17 Oct, 2014 10:26 AM

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    I also have donated in the past so I too have no problem paying for the work you guys do. I just wish Apple would support an official API/Plugin system so when they upgrade OS X versions your development time would be less.

    Can't wait until you guys have a beta for Yosemite!


  2. 2 Posted by jdf on 17 Oct, 2014 12:42 PM

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    I wouldn't have an issue in paying for the software. I believe in paying for software I use and your software has proven to be good. Anything you need please let us know or me. I can't speak for other people ;)

    Thanks in advance!

  3. 3 Posted by RB on 17 Oct, 2014 01:31 PM

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    PAYWARE?! I don't care!!!!!!
    It needs to work on Yosemite ASAP.

  4. 4 Posted by K. M. Peterson on 17 Oct, 2014 01:40 PM

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    I think I agree with all the comments above.

    Unfortunately, there's not enough of a community to really support a free version - that is, the work that goes into the packaging and figuring out OS/integration issues. For that, I agree, we need to pay, and I'm not unwilling to do so.

    I wish there was a better way to do this, however. Something "stronger" than a donation, but less than the purchase of a commercial product. I've been through discussions like this before, however, and I am ready to believe that you've thought this through and don't see another way. The only thing that I would suggest, in attempting to keep with the spirit of open-source: I'd feel a lot better paying a non-profit (that is, what in the U.S. we would refer to as a "charitable" enterprise). Cover your costs, yes, even such that the developers have any and all resources you need and want, but don't make it a corporate entity with shareholders.

    That being said, I'll also expand on one other comment: we understand the difficulty of this decision, but please move forward with a beta as soon as possible.


  5. 5 Posted by Brad on 17 Oct, 2014 02:24 PM

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    I fully support a pay model. GPGMail has been valuable for me and I will gladly pay a small fee to support the team that puts this together.


  6. 6 Posted by gawie on 17 Oct, 2014 03:24 PM

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    Hi there

    Please go ahead with your new pay model - I will gladly pay for something that I use every day!


  7. 7 Posted by svsdiscussion on 17 Oct, 2014 03:56 PM

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    I am looking forward for the new Yosemite compatible version.
    And I agree with Peterson about the non corporation path.

  8. 8 Posted by Stephan on 17 Oct, 2014 04:26 PM

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    I can well understand your predicament. I'm willing to pay if the price is reasonable. However, that only holds as long as it remains Free Software with an approve Open Source license. I wrangle enough with myself for using OS-X - I don't want any more proprietary software for critical services.


  9. 9 Posted by Sergey on 17 Oct, 2014 05:13 PM

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    Hi there,

    I am ready to pay for GPGTools because GPG team has to work and to develop GPGTools on the constant basis and they should not think how they can earn for living if they work only with GPG.

    We need you and your work! Thanks!

  10. 10 Posted by gmork on 17 Oct, 2014 06:37 PM

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    Same here... I donated in the past (at least I think so) and wouldn't mind to pay a small fee for each new Mac OS X release. Something like 5-15$ would be acceptable for me.

    I hope a new beta will be available soon.
    Thanks for the good work.


  11. 11 Posted by Daniel Polanco on 17 Oct, 2014 07:01 PM

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    I just donated last week :D I love this project! I think pay to use is totally fine.

    One suggestion or thought though:

    Could you make free licenses for students or people over seas? I'd be willing to donate to help that sort of thing. It's really important to me as a GPG user (and student) that we make it easily available to those that cannot pay.

    My primary concern is those overseas, but I always want to get my friends using it as well and no-pay, or gifting it to them and others, is very important to me.

    Keep up the great work! I really love how much easier you have made it for people to use GPG. :thumbs up:

  12. 12 Posted by FPE on 17 Oct, 2014 10:03 PM

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    Honestly I don't know if I had donated to GPGTools, normally I do it when using such good tools. And I'm willing to pay for the tool as well, the suggested 10 to 15$ are certainly affordable. And if you ask for 20$, I will not blame you.
    But keep it in a small range, so I easily can recommend it to others furtheron!

    Thanks for the good Tools and your work!

  13. 13 Posted by Martin Zachriso... on 17 Oct, 2014 10:17 PM

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    I have no problem paying for GPGMail. Since I'm running my own company I think it is good with a higher price for commercial use. Say a personal price around $10 per OS X release. Make it clear in there license that it is only for non commercial use.
    For the commercial offering go for a support model, say $100 yearly for updates automagically. Of course we expect that you use the Apples Betas and release the GPGMail at the same time as Apple releases the OS.

    And payments in bitcoin!

  14. 14 Posted by SDL on 31 Oct, 2014 06:23 PM

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    I also agree with a payment model.

    It is important to remember that if you have a too high price, many users are no more animated emails to encrypt. That would be bad.

    From a paid version, I expect it is available in the App Store and can be easily installed by any dummy.

    As a one man company, I am not interested in a business version.

  15. Support Staff 15 Posted by Steve on 17 Dec, 2014 08:01 PM

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    Everybody: thank you all for this great feedback. We still need to work out the details. The price will be in an affordable range. We do not want to scare away new users.

    There will be a trial version. And until then there will be a free beta for all to use.

    By now we are at GPG Suite beta 3:

    If you do have feedback regarding that, we would be happy to hear that. Please do open a new discussion in the "Beta Feedback" category.

    Closing this discussion.

    Looking forward to hearing form you!

  16. Steve closed this discussion on 17 Dec, 2014 08:01 PM.

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