JetBrains Fixes Controversial Dev Tool Subscription Policy
JetBrains announced changes to its new subscription model after developer customers complained that the policy went too far and would cost too much.In a prime example of a vendor taking its customers into consideration, software development toolmaker JetBrains has adjusted a controversial subscription model that had customers and industry observers up in arms. Two weeks ago, on Sept. 3, JetBrains, which makes the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java development tool, among others, introduced its JetBrains Toolbox subscription model. In a post on the company’s blog, Eugene Toporov, vice president of marketing at JetBrains, said: "As of November 2, 2015, we will introduce JetBrains Toolbox—a collection of our popular desktop tools (IDEs, utilities and extensions) available on a monthly or yearly subscription basis. With JetBrains Toolbox, you can pick and choose one or more tools that best suit your current needs, or go for the 'All products' plan that comes with special savings. You decide what to put in your Toolbox and for how long." The JetBrains Toolbox was to include the company's IntelliJ IDEA, AppCode, CLion, PhpStorm, PyCharm, RubyMine, WebStorm, ReSharper, ReSharper C++, dotTrace, dotCover, and dotMemory tools.
As soon as JetBrains made the announcement, users voiced objections to the changes. One user, who identified himself as Chris Spencer, on the JetBrains Website, said, "This is exactly what is wrong with this new scheme. I object to being forced to pay to continue to use something which I've already paid for. I know in my workplace I wouldn't have been able to prompt the switch from Eclipse to IntelliJ in the first place if it had required an annual subscription."