If I am not mistaken, the move to being able to handle iOS in the future is requiring *a lot* of deep reprogramming and rewriting the IDE to fit on top of that was part of the deal. And since the IDE had to be rewritten, why not make it "nicer", too?
I'm sure this is true and if I recall from my Qt programming friend the Qt framework also had to be changed a fair amount to make adaptions for iOS /android.
But that's part of developing for iOS /business at the end of the day and as far as I know iOS is going to be an additional license? so the cost of development should be reflected in iOS licenses not anything else. With WE costing 400/200 i would not be surprise if iOS will be 200/100 with android to follow in 2015 for similar?
There is already android4linux using basic-like syntax available now for $35 whereas RS is going to be 5+ years behind, built probably from the capital expected to be put aside for RS desktop upgrades only to be sold as an additional license?
They've been beating iOS and 64bit for quite a while to keep users renewing (from my perspective), but this Xojo is making me want to start transitioning away now even after renewing recently.
Personally I'm not even bothered that they are charging for X, Y and Z - they could have split desktop build licenses into mac, linux and window for all I care and then the mac licensing would reflect the resources needed for mac /cocoa development. It's the fact they don't even seem to know what they are even doing themselves, becoming very vague and misleading and not even knowing answers about their own company and some what making it all up as they go along.
With all this hype built up (and due update delayed) I was expecting massive improvements, massive overhaul on the bugs, lots of code clean up and with the new IDE etc a new turning point for the entire tool set to be more modern and streamlined and instead, it's a new logo /site, xojo cloud and an IDE only because of iOS adaptions not because they wanted to improve the IDE and it appears to be alienating users perfectly as one would expect.