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tosui
Jul 10, 2008, 08:52 AM
I think there's an issue that we, as customers of the App Store, need to raise a fuss about. Specifically, I'm wondering why when I purchase (for example) OmniFocus for iPhone ($19.99), the only way I can synchronize with my mac is to purchase the desktop version ($79.95). So what should be a $20 item is really $100!

What annoys me is that if I had purchased an earlier copy of the same product I would only need to pay a reduced price (e.g., $59.99). So why aren't software companies offering discounts for existing users on either operating system?

I think perhaps we need to start voicing our concerns about having to pay full price for the same product, when they're **intended** to work with each other!!

(I should mention, the only reason I use OmniFocus as an example is because I like the product and use it. However, there are numerous examples - especially in the Getting Things Done arena - where we want our iPhones to sync with data on our Macs, and vice versa. This is not a dig at Omni.)

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citi
Jul 10, 2008, 11:52 AM
I agree with you on some form of discounted service. I have the desktop (which I bought for 59 in the prerelease) and I am very interested in the touch version. 20$ is high, but I guarantee, it's probably one of the best got to have apps out there. The thing that sucks for me, is to be able to use it and sync in real time, I have to now buy MOBILE ME! So really a 20$ product is going to cost me somewhere around 100$. Ouch.

erickg
Jul 10, 2008, 03:06 PM
I agree with you on some form of discounted service. I have the desktop (which I bought for 59 in the prerelease) and I am very interested in the touch version. 20$ is high, but I guarantee, it's probably one of the best got to have apps out there. The thing that sucks for me, is to be able to use it and sync in real time, I have to now buy MOBILE ME! So really a 20$ product is going to cost me somewhere around 100$. Ouch.

Check http://www.icalx.com/ and sign up for a free account. They're usually for publishing iCal calendars online, but they use a WebDAV server, so there's no reason it wouldn't work with Omnifocus. If it works, please let me know! :)

Jeffrey903
Jul 10, 2008, 03:16 PM
Apple has not provided a way yet for developers to give discounts, coupons, or free licenses. They are still working out the payment systems.