Developing ZenEdit has of course been a costly and time-consuming endeavor, and largely a labor of love. I believe I have set a price point that is quite fair. By no means do I plan to get rich doing this, heck, I'll be lucky if I'm able to just break even -- however I do need to cover my costs, both for the initial development time and for the ongoing technical support, which I provide free of charge for the lifetime of the product.
You refer to ZenEdit as "a simple configuration editor" -- that does it and myself a great disservice. If that was all it was going to be, then I would not have even built in the first place. Its main purpose right from the start was to enhance existing Zendrum features and to expose any "hidden" ones. Among these features are:
- The ability to select specific notes for crossfades.
- The ability to alter the crossfade points.
- The ability to alter the response curve, noise floor and ceiling for each trigger independently.
Additionally ZenEdit makes editing the out-of-box Zendrum features easier, by providing note mappings for all popular modules and VSTs. It also offers a far more convenient way for melodic players to setup their Zendrum and provides features such as group trigger transposing. Additionally it aids in organizing your setups by allowing for annotations, color coding, enhanced setup copying, printing, reporting and sharing. All in all, ZenEdit is far more than just "a simple configuration editor".
Regarding the point release policy, while I haven't made any official announcements yet and am waiting until 2.0 is closer to beta, what's more than likely going to happen is that we will be switching to a "lifetime license" policy, and all existing 1.0 customers will simply be grand-fathered into it. The reason being, that barring the development of a 5.x Zendrum, I don't foresee there being a need for another major release -- only maintenance ones and the occasional new feature. Version 2.0 of ZenEdit is adding ALL the available "hidden" Zendrum features and so that well is going to run dry, without any further major releases.
The primary features planned for 2.0 are:
- Ability to set note duration.
- Ability to interchange triggers and CCs.
- Ability to set the polarity (invert) any trigger or CC.
- Improved "visual" calibration controls for each trigger/CC.
- Ability to rearrange the order of user setups.
Additionally, if I can get anyone to send me a 3.x defaulted sysex file, then the next version will also add support for editing 3.x Zendrums, and the ability to convert a 3.x sysex file to a Z4 one (for when 3.x Zendrummers take the plunge and upgrade to the Z4 board they can then keep their existing settings).
I hope this clears up any misconceptions.