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Bvckup3 upgrade

Nem :

Jul 27, 2016

Ive been holding off on purchasing bvckup 2 purely because of the lack of versioning, which I understand is coming in version 3.

Maybe this is asking too far in advance, but if I purchase bvckup 2 now, will I get an upgrade to version 3 when its available? Or would that be counted as a separate product that I'd have to buy?

helinus :

Jul 27, 2016

As per https://bvckup2.com/support/forum/topic/668/3850 version 3 will not be a free upgrade, as per https://bvckup2.com/support/forum/topic/668/3923 there will probaly be a discount of 10-15% for existing licensees.

Alex Pankratov :

Jul 27, 2016

@Nem - the versioning *is* already supported, but it's not a widely publicized feature, because it doesn't presently do any de-duplication when storing revisions. But for reasonably sized files it works quite well and a lot of our clients use it in production:

    https://bvckup2.com/support/forum/topic/502/2958

Regarding the upgrade discount - it's likely to be in 30-50% range, probably closer to the higher end of it.

@helinus - we used to offer 10-15% discounts tied to new _v2_ maintenance releases. That's what the second post you linked to is about.

helinus :

Jul 27, 2016

Aha, thought it sounded a bit low for existing customers but considering the already low price for such a high quality product i couldn't in good conscience complain about it.

Nem :

Jul 28, 2016

Thanks - any word on when version 3 will arrive? Deduplication is pretty important for me due to space constraints on my network storage

Call_In_Backup :

Jan 07, 2019

I recently bought several Personal licenses for our household after using the old beta for a few years, and was wondering as I'm reading through your forums...

I see that the current Personal license for v2 will eventually not be SOLD any longer, but will continue to exist for those of us who already bought it.

If / when we buy the discounted upgrade to Bvckup 3 whenever it is released, what would our license look like at that point? Would it still be a Personal license including the "advanced features" missing from the newer Basic, or are  you planning to somehow consolidate supported licenses at the major v3 release?

Thank you for your time, and for a great program!

Alex Pankratov :

Jan 07, 2019



Good question. Product versioning option is something that I've been spending some time on recently and I am now leaning towards to keeping all further development under the Bvckup 2 name.

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Conventional and widely-used model is to batch new features as they are developed and ship them out on annual basis as a new product "edition" (Something 2019). Then entice existing users to upgrade and through this generate additional revenue to cover development costs. Rinse and repeat.

If you look at the list of Bvckup 2 releases from the past several years, then under this model we would've been up to Bvckup 6 or 7 already.

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An alternative model is to make releases smaller, but ship them more frequently. Basically wrap every new feature into a release of its own and ship it out as soon as it's ready.

I like this model better, because a stream of smaller incremental changes is easier to follow and digest. It allows more people to actually notice, explore and make use of all the features that are being added.

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So the idea here is that when you buy a license, you get the current release, a lifetime of maintenance (bugfix) updates and a year worth of new releases.

If after a year you find yourself not needing any new features that are being added, you can stop there and just keep on using the version you have. After all it will still have all the features that you bought it for initially.

Then, later on if you spot a new feature you need, you will be able to pay a small maintenance fee and get another year of updates from that.

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In the context of all this, you can now probably guess that Bvckup 2 will keep on developing until it gradually transforms into what-would've-been shipped as Bvckup 3 under an older model.

So to answer your question - your license will be exactly the same as it is now, because it's going to be the same program, evolved.

ShaiN :

Jan 09, 2019

Thanks for this clarification, Alex.
The different bits of information got a little confusing so this clarification is much appreciated.

I like this model, but I'm not entirely clear on how a user would be able to learn about the release of new features and whether or not he or she will receive them?

Would bug fixes be a 2.x.x builds and new releases 2.x? Other numbering convention?
Would Bvckup notify the users about the availability of a new feature build or would users need to keep up with development themselves?

Alex Pankratov :

Jan 09, 2019



The program defaults to checking for updates every day or so. If it spots a new version, it pops up a message to that effect (or starts flashing the system tray icon if the UI is not active).

Secondly, with every new major release there's an email newsletter that goes out to whoever is subscribed.

All releases (minor and major) are also echoed through Twitter [1] and Reddit [2], and we'll start also announcing them through the blog [3] and its RSS feed [4].

The versioning scheme will stay the same as now - 1.major.minor.0
Though the UI hides leading 1 and trailing 0, because they don't really add much.

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[1] https://twitter.com/bvckup
[2] https://reddit.com/r/bvckup2
[3] https://bvckup2.com/wip
[4] https://bvckup2.com/wip/rss

ng4ever :

Jan 16, 2019

I thought updates were free for people who bought Bvckup2 earlier ?

Confused.

Alex Pankratov :

Jan 16, 2019



You already asked this in another thread and I already replied there -
https://bvckup2.com/support/forum/topic/1076/6342

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