Update: Added info about license period, OS platforms and SQLite.
With the pricing changes announced at Real World, we've been getting a lot of questions from folks as to how this will affect them. Here are some clarifications: Starting with Real Studio 2013 Release 1, the IDE itself will be free to use for developing, testing and debugging on any platform. To be able to create stand-alone builds of your apps (deploy), you buy a license. These are the available licenses and prices:
A new purchase or renewal gives you access to all updates for the next 12 months. As usual, you can continue to use versions that were released during your license period even after your license has expired.
Speaking of licenses, anyone who has or had a modern Real Studio license (2005 - present) will have their license automatically converted as follows:
Personal => Desktop
Professional => Desktop + Console + DB
Web => Web + DB
Enterprise => Desktop + Web + Console + DB
If your license is current when 2013 R1 ships, you will be able to deploy with it immediately. If your license is expired, you can use the IDE for free, however you will not be able to deploy with it until you renew. Of course, you can continue to use any prior version of Real Studio as you always have. And as a prior license holder, you can choose to renew any of the converted licenses at the new renewal pricing.
Keep in mind that because all IDE features are available to everyone, this also means that after license conversion, Personal users will be able to use ContainerControls, class encryption, ServerSocket, SSLSocket (and its subclasses), Remote Debugging, Auto Discovery, Profiling, IDE Scripting and Build Automation. In addition, your new Desktop license will also allow you to deploy for Mac, Windows and Linux. Professional users will be able to use Profiling, IDE Scripting and Build Automation.
For some of you these changes will result in a price decrease, for others it will result in a price increase. To help mitigate any price increases, you can renew your current license for up to two years at the current pricing any time before 2013 R1 ships.
New licenses can be used on up to two computers at one time. We feel this is sufficient because the IDE itself is now free and can be used anywhere for development and testing without a license. With that said, your license is not "locked" to two computers. You can move it around computers as you wish, but it will only be active on two computers at a time. If you have further questions about these changes you can email Customer Service: firstname.lastname@example.org.