iView: end of the upgrade road for me

Two years ago, I [spoke about](http://www.momathome.com/viewfromhome/2003/09/iview_media_pro_20.php) [iView Media Pro’s](http://www.iview-multimedia.com) $72 upgrade fee to go from version 1.x to 2.0.

>I’ll play with the demo to see if it’s worth the upgrade. It has to be significantly better than version 1.5 to justify a $72 upgrade fee. Yikes. They have raised the price from $99ish to $160, so the upgrade price is about what one would have paid for the previous version. It’s great and I can’t live without it, but $72 just seems too expensive and version 1.5 is working nicely. I’ll work with 2.0 for a while and see if I’m using any new features enough. I just hope 1.5 continues to work with Panther on my G5, otherwise I may have no choice but to upgrade.

I did end up buying the upgrade. I can’t even remember now what feature it was that made me take the plunge.

Now, [version 3](http://www.iview-multimedia.com/mediapro/index.php) is out. It seems to have a nice slew of [new features](http://www.iview-multimedia.com/mediapro/3_overview.php) but what do they want for the upgrade this time? **$99!** Wow. $199 for the complete version. Pro it is. Pro I’m not. Even when I was doing graphic design full time.

As I said in my [last entry](http://www.momathome.com/viewfromhome/2005/11/google_for_mac.php) I started using [Photoshop Elements](http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/main.html) on my PC to keep track of my picture files. It’s more than enough for me. I set it to watch both the the Mac & PC’s picture folders so I can browse *all* of my photos in one step. Backup too. Most of the alphabet soup of formats and features in iView Media Pro are things I’ve never heard of, much less have any use for.

So now I can officially say that when it comes to iView Media Pro I’m dropping my cards on the table. Not even going to tempt myself by downloading the demo this time.

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