huntersa wrote:How dare you tell me what I should and shouldn't do with the DSL bandwidth that I pay for.
Because I'm not. I'm talking about bandwidth costs that the <b>publisher</b> incurs. If large numbers of people start requesting a feed every 2 minutes, the <b>publisher</b> incurs excess bandwidth costs, even if the aggregators are using bandwidth-saving techniques such as HTTP headers and gzip.
huntersa wrote:Why is it then that your concern for bandwidth disappears with the Professional edition? You don't think company network managers care about what is using their bandwidth?
There are two reasons for this. One, far fewer people will be using the Pro Edition than the Personal Edition since it will cost money. Two, the Pro Edition is for people wanting to use it for commerical use and they will <b>need</b> more frequent updates, as you know.
We get thousands of downloads of the free edition every month; it would be nice if we got those kind of numbers for the paid versions but we suspect that won't happen any time soon. RSS is becoming increasingly popular and there are many, many thousands of people out there polling servers for feeds. Other readers (not all) also set a minimum time between channel updates and we are of the opinion that this is responsible behaviour on the part of RSS readers
in order to prevent things from getting totally out of hand.
huntersa wrote:Looks like it will be FeedDemon for me which even in beta allows me to update every 2 minutes, and it doesn't look like they will be bringing out multiple versions of their product with the only difference being artificially crippling the lower priced editions.
FeedDemon looks like a very good program. However, once it gets out of beta, based on the price of his other programs, it may not be cheap.
As I pointed out before, there are differences between the two editions right now and there will be more in the future. "Artificially crippling lower priced editions" is perfectly standard pricing practice. For example, the Home Edition of Windows XP costs less than the Pro Edition yet runs off basically the same source code.