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Old Dec 5, 2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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iStat Menus update

So today I woke up and when I turned on my Mac I found out there was an iStat Menus update. Still a little bit sleepy and not reading it carefully I clicked OK on every pop up that appeared. When the update was complete I was shocked to find out that I was now running iStat Menus 4 and that my license key for iStat Menus 3 didn't work anymore.

I feel a little bit cheated because it wasn't not so long ago that I spend 16$ USD and now they're asking me to pay 9$ USD more in order to 'upgrade'. I don't want to upgrade, there's no difference between the version 3 and the newer version, and even if they changed the design a little bit, I simply don't care.

Is there a way to get back to the previous version with the same serial key I was using so far? or have I been scammed and now have to spend 9$ USD in order not to loose the access/usage of this application completely?

And yep, for me 16$ USD is a lot of money. Don't even bother commenting on how I spent 1000+$ USD on a Mac and not being willing to throw some more money in order to get an application.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 06:58 AM   #2
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Major updates are typically paid updates on most software applications. Its not like they're forcing you to upgrade and you can still live with version 3.

Why is version 3 not working - I'm on that version and I don't have a problem with it.

Did you try contacting them, if you are a recent customer they may waive the upgrade fee.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Same thing, I have several computers and a slew of updates. iStat also constantly updates (I have a multi-machine licence for it too).

No other app upgrades this easily while invalidating a licence... I think it should take you to a page to purchase a licence for a new one BEFORE downloading it...

I love this app and the upgrade price is reasonable, but this behavior really sucked.

Bad boy!

UPDATE:

It is really a cool update:

http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/versionhistory/

And you CAN still get the last version 3 build on their main page, so I guess it's not so bad...

http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/
(see right at bottom)

I guess...

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So today I woke up and when I turned on my Mac I found out there was an iStat Menus update. Still a little bit sleepy and not reading it carefully I clicked OK on every pop up that appeared. When the update was complete I was shocked to find out that I was now running iStat Menus 4 and that my license key for iStat Menus 3 didn't work anymore.

I feel a little bit cheated because it wasn't not so long ago that I spend 16$ USD and now they're asking me to pay 9$ USD more in order to 'upgrade'. I don't want to upgrade, there's no difference between the version 3 and the newer version, and even if they changed the design a little bit, I simply don't care.

Is there a way to get back to the previous version with the same serial key I was using so far? or have I been scammed and now have to spend 9$ USD in order not to loose the access/usage of this application completely?

And yep, for me 16$ USD is a lot of money. Don't even bother commenting on how I spent 1000+$ USD on a Mac and not being willing to throw some more money in order to get an application.


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Old Dec 5, 2012, 12:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. One thing I noticed is that they no longer let you get the battery info if you're using the 'combined' icon instead of every icon separately, I don't really like it. I'll try it for 14 days and then decide if it is worth upgrading.

This is the reason I do not buy anything outside the Mac App Store. If you buy there then you're sure to get the updates without having to spend more money every time.
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Old Aug 22, 2014, 12:28 PM   #5
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Wow, this just happened to me for Bjango's iStatMenus (now apparently version 5). I just bought iStatMenus in March. This morning, I got a pop-up notice for an update with no mention that it was a paid update. I clicked update -- only to find that it unregistered my current copy of iStatMenus and gave me 15 days to purchase a registration number and no revert path. This is a completely unethical business practice.
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