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Viperion March 27th, 2009 10:48 PM

Crippleware
 
So, for an evaluation, what can you actually evaluate in Army Builder?

Can I create a whole army list? NO

Can I save a work-in-progress list, so I can add bits and pieces as they occur to me? NO

Can I print out the stub of an army I can make, so that I can at least evaluate the quality and usefulness of the printouts? NO

Can I automatically update my files? Eventually, NO (You get 10 automatic updates, then you have to do it manually)

Am I TOLD about these limitations? NO!!. The splash screen says (and I quote)
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While in Demo mode, you will be limited in the number of units that can be added to the roster, as well as a few other limitations.
A FEW other limitations? I am NOT ABLE to evaluate the software due to the overwhelming set of limitations imposed.

Limited number of units? Fine

Not able to save? Extremely annoying, but fine. (Not being able to save means you must have all the units already figured out - on paper or otherwise - unless you want to spend a WHOLE lot of time mucking around in the program to get them right.... EVERY TIME you run the program.

Not able to print out? NOT fine. Sure, you get print preview; how does that help me if I wanted to actually USE the program? Printouts are 50% of what this software is used for, nerfing this makes NO sense.

I will NOT be buying this, as the "unlocked" product may or may not be what I'm after - the Demo version is SO nerfed that I CAN'T evaluate it properly.

Just thought you might want to know why you have lost a potential sale, as most people who think as I do will install and try the demo, then uninstall it without further comment.

Viperion

Benman March 28th, 2009 04:12 AM

It seems that you are asking for an almost complete version as a tryout version. They will not do that.
On the other hand they are able to give you a key that works for a year so they might be able to give you a tryout-key that enables you to use the tool for 2 weeks. That would be a better solution if you ask me.

gilvagor March 28th, 2009 04:31 AM

Army Builder is really a no brainier...seriously it is.

Ask yourself these questions..

1) Do you play any miniature game that is point based?

2) Is there a Data file for that game(s)?

3) Would you like a rather cheep (monetary value only) piece of software & data files that takes the pain out of making your roster for you?

4) Do you enjoy writing out your list the manual way?

If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, & 3 then Army Builder is for you.

The demo gives you the perfect ability to test out the program and data files for the game(s) available. What it doesn't do is give you a fully functioning product that you can use forever and never have to buy the program.

I sell Army Builder in my store and out of the many many many that I have sold nobody has ever come back and said anything negative about Army Builder. If you play a supported game this product absolutely rocks.

It's worth not buying a DVD this week and buying Army Builder.

You also have to remember that the folks that make Army Builder have absolutely nothing to do with making the data files for whatever game(s) you play. That is done by the community of players that make the data files FREE and on THEIR OWN TIME. Your just paying for the program that makes gameing so much easier.

Toller

Viperion March 28th, 2009 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Benman (Post 30020)
It seems that you are asking for an almost complete version as a tryout version. They will not do that.

That's NOT what I'm saying. What I'm saying is that so much of the functionality is disabled in the demo that you can't effectively evaluate it. Sure, there are a lot of happy customers. None of them are me, and it may not work the way I'd like it too. The evaluation demo doesn't let me evaluate it.
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On the other hand they are able to give you a key that works for a year so they might be able to give you a tryout-key that enables you to use the tool for 2 weeks. That would be a better solution if you ask me.
That sounds like an ideal solution to me - who do I ask for such a thing?

Thanks for the suggestion,

Viperion

Ghaz March 29th, 2009 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Viperion (Post 30028)
What I'm saying is that so much of the functionality is disabled in the demo that you can't effectively evaluate it.

And that's just your opinion. I and a lot of the others disagree. There is enough functionality that it CAN be effectively evaluated.

Benman March 30th, 2009 10:37 AM

Viperion, I take from the first post that you play Warhammer. 40K or Fantasy, dat does not matter. But AB 3.x is a great tool for making/building your armylists. There's almost no restriction on what you can do with it, rename units, characters and the like.
If you don't like the data-files that are made by the volunteers you can also try and change some stuff to your own liking with AB creator (included).

I used to use version 2.x but now that i have 3.x i wouldn't go back to the older version.

knthrak March 30th, 2009 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by gilvagor (Post 30021)
That is done by the community of players that make the data files FREE and on THEIR OWN TIME.

Or, if you are like me, you write the BFG files while it's quiet at work on their time :)



To give you a little background Viperion, the previous release of Army Builder (2.x), was heavily pirated, and done so easily as there was few restrictions on the trial version, hence the greater restrictions on the current trial.

rob April 2nd, 2009 03:46 PM

Before it's licensed, AB behaves as a demo. This means that you only get a taste of the product to see what it can do. You don't get the fully operational product. If we did that, we'd call it shareware instead of demo mode.

Let's look at the auto industry for a moment, since we modeled our approach to be similar. When you go to buy a car, do they give you the keys and tell you to drive it as much as you want and then bring it back when you feel like it? No, they don't. They let you drive the car a few miles to get a feel for what it can do, and that's it. They point out all the cool features so you can imagine what the car can do, but you don't get to actually experience it until you buy the car. Our model works much the same way.

The demo mode is not intended for creating a complete army list. You can readily see how AB handles all different kinds of units. If you hit the unit limit, you can delete units to experiment with other units.

You can preview what printouts will look like all you want to assess the usefulness of the printouts. The only reason someone would actually *need* to physically print the output is to use AB at the game table. At that point, it's no longer a demo, is it?

The automatic updates works 10 times before it cuts out. Since AB is behaving as a demo, that's perfectly reasonable. For the typical person, experimenting with the product 10 times is generally going to give them more than sufficient information to decide whether the product is worth purchasing. For the rare exception, they can continue experimenting with the data files they've already downloaded or retrieve new updates with a few extra mouse clicks. So it's anything but crippling. Besides, if someone needs to use AB on a protracted basis, then they probably aren't assessing it's usefulness anymore and are actually try to fully *use* it - which goes beyond what the demo is intended for.

It sounds like you fall into this camp. Different people have different expectations for what they *should* be able to do in a "demo". Some people are also a lot less scrupulous than others. Sadly, we need to decide on a single set of limitations for "demo" mode that works for everyone, and those limitations must be skewed to protect against the less scrupulous folks out there. We learned this lesson with V1.x and V2.x of AB. If you get frustrated about this, please direct it towards the many people out there whose actions have spoiled it for others like yourself.

rob April 2nd, 2009 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Benman (Post 30020)
On the other hand they are able to give you a key that works for a year so they might be able to give you a tryout-key that enables you to use the tool for 2 weeks. That would be a better solution if you ask me.

This claim that the license only works for a year is not accurate. The license will continue to work *forever*. The only two things that are tied to the license expiration are access to new product releases and the automatic updates mechanism. The reason for this is that we were *not* able to solve the time-limited license problem that would automatically disable itself on a user's computer after X amount of time. We spent a *lot* of time trying to figure out a way to achieve that. Unfortunately, there's just no practical way to do it. There are too many versions of Windows with wildly different ways to bypass any of the mechanisms that can be devised. So the demo mode is the only solution that would reliably work.

Eugee April 23rd, 2009 04:51 AM

I'm not like the original poster; the demo of 3.x has me sold already. My concern is with the licensing mechanics, because it reads a little weird to me, and what Rob just stated seems to vary from what is in the FAQ.

Rob said the license works *forever*, just not for new product releases and automatic updates. I can fork out $40 for the program, easily--it's a great product. I can even rationalize paying $12.50 per year after that to keep current with new releases and have the ease of the auto-updater.

But from the way the FAQ reads, if I don't renew my license, then in two years I won't even be able to INSTALL the software I paid for! (As my license will be closed on the server, doesn't this mean I can't install the program to a new machine anymore?) That's different than my license working *forever* and so I'd like some clarification.

I see myself paying the $12.50 anyway every year--it's a great program; but I'm not comfortable with the idea that if I stop paying for this that eventually I can't install it anymore. I bought Office 2000 a long time ago, and as long as I'm content with the features it has, I can keep installing it to my machine as long as I want.


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