He wound his RW operation down in the most fair way possible. He chose not to release his stuff for free out of respect for fairness to the other developers. His leaving the RW community is going to be a loss going forward, and calling his products overpriced is ridiculous. As are any expectations he should be bound to support his legacy products forever (or for whatever the magical period of time is acceptable). His knowledge base is still online, but moving forward as parts start to break because of external software and coding changes, he won’t be continuing to update the products.
Maybe it would have been better if someone took over his work. Other’s have done that in the past. Perhaps a developer could chime in whether that would be a good thing, if they were not the one chosen to take on the work, and/or the profits going forward. He was pretty clear on why he did what he did, and I respect the wisdom of his decision. Keeping a business, or business segment viable, is hard work. It doesn’t always work out, and some are lured to greener pastures elsewhere. Folks have to eat.
I have no clue what led him to move away from RW, but perhaps he was chasing ever increasingly fleeting dollars. Also, the community here has changed a bit for the worse, and also become fractured as some developers chose to operate their own support forums. It looks like some accounts are created for the sole purpose of trashing some of the developers, which reflects poorly on us as a community. I have been using RW professionally since its earliest versions, and have seen quite a few talented developers choose to jump ship or disappear. As much as we carp, if you go through some of the themes and add-ons here on the RM website, there are a bunch of folks being pushed still selling products that haven’t been actively in business for years. I know, as I have bought many of their work. It sucks to lose talent. Period.
I suggest we all try and treat each other, and especially the talented developers we have left a bit nicer. If they have to set their pricing beyond free, and have to charge a bit more to make a living, let it go… or buy another product. That’s how the free market works. Otherwise we may lose Isiah, Adam, and all the many others who choose to develop for this platform.