** I’ve added an update. Click here to read it **
JetBrains has sent me an email today, mentioning about the upcoming change in their licensing model. Right now all users can renew their license at $49 which is a 50% discount rate of the original rate. From this November 2nd, you will be able to renew it for $119. Or you can buy a new license for $199/yr or $19.90/mo. Now, if you want to do some simple math, the upcoming yearly cost will be a whooping 100% increased price. If you go for monthly subscription, it will be like 141% extra of the current price.
Moreover there will be pain if you don’t want to continue. If you start with, for example V8, and in the middle of a yearly subscription V9 is released, but you don’t want to continue after the end of your subscription – you will be given a perpetual license of V8. You read it right, you will have to continue with V8 – not V9. Even though V9 was released during your subscription, you will not be allowed to keep using it. Huh!
Well, either way you’re pretty much fucked up. If you’re an existing license holder then you may find it slightly profitable to stick for the first two years because they said that there will be a 40% discount and 2nd year will be on them.
I am using PHPStorm since it’s version 3 and I am not going to renew it this time, for sure. I’ve been experimenting with Atom lately and it is pretty nice. Anyway, I am going to miss PHPStorm because I consider their upcoming licensing model is a kinda ripping-off of their loyal customers. Dear Jetbrains, Adios!
Ok, it looks like I was comparing the pricing for company/organization instead of the personal licensing model. Their page content is pretty confusing, and it’s hard to get it right at the first sight. I’ve found the correct page with the pricing for personal/individual license and it’s not bad.