Firstly I see a lot of the commentary is from people who have joined this Forum since Feb 11. So clearly not routine Red Gate users, and do not contribute to the community with experiences from the use of Red Gate products and involvement in Beta Testing etc. They just join up to moan...
I have been a Red Gate user now for 4 Years + using mainly SQL Prompt . I adopted Red Gate when the previous developers "Sold Out" to Red Gate. If Reflector improves at the pace of Prompt SQL (SQL Prompts predecessor) it will be a trully awesome product going forward.
For example , SQL Refactor seemed like a good idea , but I suspect not may people bought it, I even let my support lapse , but still had the use of it . In the new V5 SQL Prompt Pro its all there and for NO EXTRA cost, so I now effectively have it Thrown In.
I have to admit I have a Reflctor Pro license ,with support so this is not going to cost me anything extra , I have "payed for what I see as a valuable tool"
As a community are we getting too used to freebies, after all as professional developers how often to we work on a project and "Give it away" , I suspect not too often , we are all in it for the money so why should not a commercial operation like Red Gate take the same approach.
Don't get me wrong , I like freebies like the next guy , but when its time to cough up, so be it .
I like the Red Gate approach to allow freebies like SQL Search , to test the water , we get the advantage , they get the "Market Research" seems fair to me.
Get a cracked version maybe but I do hope you get one with more than you bargained for.
Software isn't cheap , but if you get what you want and these tools are simply that they add to ease of your daily development effort , I for one cannot use a PC without SQL prompt installed , I try typing ssf and nothing happens. I cannot estimate how much time it has saved me since I installed it
Finally , I must admit its maybe not Red Gates smartest PR move , but I can see their commercial reasoning and I suspect when the fuss dies down I hope a few of the naysayers may come around. Red Gate produces excellent tools and they are massive tiome saves , persuade yourself to admit it .