ForkLift, a very good file transfer application that can also be used to replace the Finder, is changing its business model. It doesn’t switch to outright subscription, but to a hybrid model popularized by Sketch.
Now you buy a perpetual license of ForkLift which includes one year of updates. After one year, you can still use the app at no additional cost, but to get new updates, you need to checkout again.
The advantage of the Sketch model compared to the classic subscription for the customer is that he can choose when he wants to spend money again in the application. He can wait a while with an outdated version (as long as it does not pose a compatibility problem), while interesting updates accumulate.
Publisher BinaryNights clarifies that this change does not affect those who purchased ForkLift 3 prior to the announcement. They can continue to use this version and benefit from its updates indefinitely. However, for these users, ForkLift 4, which is obviously in the works, will pay off.
BinaryNights accompanies this change with a new fee schedule. Previously sold for $29.95 (perpetual license with updates to new major release), ForkLift is now $19.95 (perpetual license with one year of updates). After a year, if you want to install the new updates, you will therefore have to spend $19.95 again. The family license costs $29.95 and the small business license costs $69.95.