Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Flex Builder 3 Pricing Confusion

I don’t think I am the only one confused by the pricing structure of Flex Builder 2/3. So, here is how I understand it. Please, correct me if I am wrong here.

Here are the options for those who don’t already own Flex Builder 2 licenses but want Flex Builder 3 Professional:

  1. Buy Flex Builder 2 now for $249 with the additional $99 maintenance which will allow you to get the free upgrade to Flex Builder 3 Standard. At which time, you would need to upgrade to Flex Builder 3 Professional. The cost for that upgrade doesn’t seem to be listed anywhere
  2. Buy Flex Builder 2 with Charting now for $699 with the additional $299 maintenance which would allow the free upgrade to Flex Builder 3 Professional

If you already own Flex Builder 2, I am totally unclear of what the upgrade path is. Can I just buy maintenance? Or is there some other upgrade for pre-existing licenses?

What about teams of developers that are using Flex Builder 3 Professional but have a separate build machine for production builds? Do you need a separate license for that in order to use the Data Visualization stuff? I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere.

I really think that Adobe has dropped the ball here on this. It is not a great user experience when you have a product that plenty of people want to buy, but your customers aren’t sure how to go about the best way to get it.

Please comment, I am just as confused as everyone else.


Anonymous said...

Where did you get the original pricing information from?

There is information on upgrade pricing on this blog:

I don't think Ted added upgrade pricing to his blog post though.


Anonymous said...

Yep, I'm just as confused as you are. They say you can add "maintenance" for $99 (Flex Standard) yet the Adobe Store doesn't have anything like that, yet if I go to CDW I can see maintenance packages - but are they the same thing? I dunno. I've held off on purchasing Flex simply because of the confusion. Honestly I'll probably just wait until Flex 3 ships and Adobe gets their act together. As far as upgrades go I haven't heard anything yet and that seems very odd.

Rob McKeown said...

Thanks Mike. I hadn't seen that on the bus tour blog. I would still like some information regarding how licensing for a build machine since it really only needs the license for the data visualization components not the whole builder IDE.

Eric Bloch said...

Was there a resolution to the question about licensing on a build machine?