bananahead wrote:And once you have bought it, how are you going to keep it current?
It's called coding, bananahead. Haven't you ever used opensource? I will list a few projects that do this on a daily basis, for free, that do support newer cameras, even those that Aftershot does not:
I use darktable these days, since it supports my EOS 70D, when AfterShot does not (yet or forever?). It's already much more powerful than Aftershot and many other commercial software, but its graphical user interface is a bit messy and their authors seem unable to accept it's wrongly designed. I doubt they ever run through a customer feedback, they are pretty feature-focused, and they already got used to eating their own dog food.... Also it's a bit slower than Aftershot, although it is improving.
AfterShot/Bibble on the other hand was built ground up based on Qt libraries, real nice to work with, especially when designing powerful platform independent graphical user interfaces.
You could even reuse the code from those projects to add support for new cameras and features into AfterShot.
Other than that, If anyone has a new camera they can provide samples, or even code that adds support for it. You can peek and edit, fix the code to tune it to your needs.
It just seems to me that Corel did not know what to do with this software when they bought it over. They lack the skills for multiplatform (all their software is windows based), and they are old fashioned closed-source reduced userbase minded...