I am really really confused by the reactions here.
1) The syntax of the language has not changed (or at least not significantly)..... except for some new features (maybe??)
2) The name changed. SO WHAT. Does the name really matter to YOU? from a marketing perspective it might matter to Xojo Inc. but to YOU, the developer... it is the name of a tool... Hammer, Saw, Xojo.... it has no affect on how you use it.
3) New IDE... Better? maybe better, maybe not... But do YOU really know (not talking about the beta testers here, but everyone else who seems to be complaining about something they have not even touched, let alone seen)
4) More stable COCOA... Hey so you use Windows (I can't help you with that problem, but quit complaining the Xojo is working on the framework transistion for OSX users.... we are just as worthy a customer as the rest of you)
5) Pricing Change. Good for some of us... maybe not so good for others. You have two choices... Chalk it up to the cost of doing business (or an investment in your hobby)..... or don't
I thought the complaints were more in line of wanting assurances that Xojo is going to adhere to decent bug fixes and updates since they've completely changed their business model and practices from the ground up in to a more product-milking process more focused on marketing and remarketing than producing a quality, up to date and cutting edge /modern product to create cross platform desktop apps.
I personally was happy with the name Real Studio, and I will be very unhappy if Xojo hasn't expanded on the product /code front (simply put, I will stop renewing and find a replacement instantly)
So far all I've seen (after much hype of the update):
* A strange re-pricing structure that despite originally being marketed as cross-platform seems aimed towards putting IOS and later android development as additional /extra costs among other code-aspects that should probably be inclusive instead of milked, even though a lot of people have probably been renewing their licenses for such code development with expectations of it being included.
* The most disappointing part to me is actually charging for console apps on top of desktop licenses; to me the console is great if someone doesn't want to create GUI desktop apps and the price should reflect that (after all, GUI parts are where the bulk of the IDE and cross-development has probably gone in & in terms of cross development, everything else is down to the programmer with declares or custom classes) so I don't see how owning a desktop license can warrant an additional cost for consoles when the console is the same product with less?
* xojo cloud, these are things i find slightly distasteful. Cloud hosting is hosting at the end of the day and has nothing to do with what I've been buying or what my promised updates should be related to especially if that incurs an additional fee. It is a sub project for the company and shouldn't be included as part of the long await RS update that people technically have paid for as part of our license agreement and seeing as though they owned rsappcloud.com have no reason to have held back on releasing it inline with xojo since it should be unrelated to app updates.
* new IDE is good and all, but the old one wasn't particularly bad and certainly was in need of better maintenance and bug fixing and only needed a few QoL changes to keep it modern rather than to neglect it and have to start over. If this has been a prime focus of development when it only needed regular maintenance and the code front has been neglected I will be pretty disappointed.
I've yet to see anything solid other than simple marketing to suggest the last year as been mostly spent in to making the IDE free to attract customers and then milk every aspect that can be once their hooked or made an app and then need to release it - no one is going to make an app on a free IDE and then decide "nope, gonna recode it with another language". I'm honestly expecting them to be moving away from code updates and actually selling more adaptions via plugins /licenses.
iOS, 64 bit etc. are the things people are wanting, it's also the parts that are not yet being delivered and RS is heavily behind competition. AFAIK Qt will soon be fully cross platform including all the mobile platforms if not already and for free. There's a lot of talk about these nice features such as iOS but they are features no where near being released I can easily understand people getting upset and annoyed that this big update mostly revolves sub-ventures to expand their business with little to do with RS updates.
I honestly expect iOS and 64bit desktop apps will be sold as additional licenses, and for me that'll probably be the cause of me leaving.