Greetings from Australia!
I am in the process of trying to find a new editor to call home and currently trialling Sublime. I have been using 'e' (e-texteditor.com) for the last 2 years and the rate of development has been disappointing. I understand that e is developed by only one man with real life commitments, and this appears to be the same for Sublime. However there had been no active development on e since the start of 2010 with very little news, when suddenly v2 was released without warning. The features of v2 left many feeling unsatisfied (myself included) as a number of bugs were left unresolved, and early purchasers (like myself) were told to pay additional fees to continue using what amounted to a minor feature version (along with a 30% increase in the base price of the license!). Amusingly, there is a bug in v2 which gave me over 10 million trial days remaining
I've looked through Sublime's development history and can see that there is a similar theme of long periods of time between releases. My main issue with the direction of e was that with such little progress in development, almost no developer presence on the forums with news or support, and an apparent disconnection between feature-focus, bug fixes, and user-desires.
What I'd like to know is:
What is the current state of development of Sublime and is a license going to be worth purchasing - can I expect one or two significant releases every year, with bug fix/tweak/polish minor point releases in between? I need to feel comfortable that my investment will be rewarding, without being told to repurchase if v1.5 is released more than a year after v1.4
Why such an inflated cost for a license (compared to other editors) when there are significant periods of time between releases, and free options which are (almost) as good like Notepad++. How does the current release schedule justify the price? What do license fees go to? I understand this may be a sensitive topic but it's important to distinguish from arbitrary prices used to fuel a coke habit. Not saying this is the case, just using an extreme example.
Is the developer actively engaged in his community and project? Is he accountable for the product he expects us to pay for? I don't want to support something that is left to stagnate and eventually alienate users.
Sublime is a very attractive and promising product that I would like to support. I hope I like what I see here and can be a constructive member of the community.