Ok… a lot of people have just discovered that SoftPress has been rebooted and with that comes return of Freeway, Chroma and Exhibeo!
Personally, I am over joyed and welcome the great news… over the years I have used a vast array of different software programmes and none have been close to being a personal friend as freeway… I want it to succeed and I know there is an appetite for a peace of software that does exactly what freeway can do, so I don’t see why it can’t succeed with the support of its users. Over the backend of last year I read a fair amount of heart felt comments on the forums, a lot of people wondered if they could even move on after Softpress doors were closed…
So to all those people who didn’t upgrade, contribute, buy the templates or buy other Softpress software but still expected complete support and were devastated when everything shut shop then you are going to have to change your way of thinking… if you want the company to succeed then you are going to have to actually support it.
I suspect there has been too little in terms of a commitment of actually money/income for Softpress for too many years and if you want this company to be a success then you are going to have to get behind the software and pay for it. I saw so little commitment from its users when it was obvious that freeway would need help. Comments like “its too expensive” or “I don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription” I ask you one thing… ask yourself how much is your time worth?
If its a few pound a year then fine you can gripe about the cost of software as much as you like and download the FREE Freeway Express, but if like me, you actually value your time then a peace of software that you can use and make money with is worth a huge amount… and I don’t mean a 100 dollars every 3 or 4 years… lets face it I spend more than that going to do my weekly shopping and that doesn’t even take into account the cost of fuel getting to the supermarket.
If a client pays for you to produce a website, you spend time making the site the best it can be and they pay you for your skills to design and build it, and your knowledge of how to use it. If a year later they come back to you and say, hey i want you to upgrade our site with x, y, and z and i want you to train my new employee on how to use it, what would you say? ‘Well ok just send it all over and i will do all those things for free’ NO, i very much doubt it, you wouldn’t survive on fresh air! You will say ‘ok, it will take so many hours of my time to do those things for you including the training, that will be X amount of money’, each company or individual is the same or we would not earn money. So if you want the new Softpress to succeed then you will need to pay for it.
On another note, one thing which disappointed me even more than the closure of Softpress last summer was in the way some of our extremely talented contributors have been verbally treated, those comments and posts were quite underserving and unfair, you hide behind your words with little understanding of what you say/said and the consequences of those words. I am fairly sure we are probably not going to get ‘The Big Erns’ knowledge and expertise back to this forum and I am fairly sure Thomas Kimmich doesn’t fancy contributing much either, you need to respect contributors knowledge because they are giving you information to solve an issue you do not understand… FOR FREE!
I feel, and i hope you do too, that the loss of those knowledgeable contributors have made the the freeway forum a very much smaller place… lets try and not let that happen again, be mindful of what you say and ask for, politeness goes a long way and peoples knowledge in the forums are there out of free help, its not a right or a demand.
Lets all hope Freeway can be placed at the top of the podium were this Software deserves and that enough people will support Softpress and the forums properly… with a proper income and respect, because they give you the tools that give you the ability to make your income and survive.
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