_GUI_ wrote in post #10636506
The point for all this trouble is some kind of disappointment. I don't intend to make money of this program, otherwise I'd try to sell it. But after (let me check...) 19.000 downloads
of the software, I have just received 4 or 5 donations
to support it. This means either the software is not of interest to those 19.000 testers, or there is a clear unbalance between my effort and the feedback received.
That is exactly the point I am trying to make. Horrendous numbers of downloads, little apparent usage. You have to understand that a large percentage of people are not going to take the time to give you feedback.
If a person downloads the program, has trouble installing (like reported above) or successfully uses it, but then discovers the permanent watermark, they may simply walk away from it. Many will not take the time to tell you why.
The disparity between the downloads and donations may indicate just that.
If you want people to take an interest in your program and give you feedback so you can improve it, you have to give them an incentive to do so. A reason to give you some of their time. That incentive is simple: a program that produces a good image they can use.
Your marketing strategy, whether or not you want to make a profit or give it away for free is an entirely different point and decision.
When the majority of people that download your program (and we all know very well windows users far outnumber linux users) find out there is a permanent watermark, they will simply discard it and move on.
Try to see things from the user's point of view and answer this question: why would I want to download, install, and spend time learning how to use a program that ultimately may not produce an image I can do anything with.
luigis wrote in post #10636608
Maybe the marketing strategy "You can't use it for free and you can't buy it either" is not the best?
Good point. I admire his programming skills, but I think he needs to make a decision on what he wishes to accomplish for all his hard work.