I can understand some of the sentiments in this post when we're used to a freemium / app based culture. Comparing upwards from free (zero) is going to render any upgrade or service cost open to question.
I've been a PB user from v1 back in '98 and the developments throughout this time have been immense. It is not only about building new features and usability but also adapting to the ecosystem and user requirements. In addition to client developments going on in v7 i guess that there has been much backend work going on for integration of mobile Brain clients in future.
But more significantly than that, I consider the amount of time saved, information organised
consistently for over a decade, and frankly opportunities generated directly by my utilisation of the Brain software to more than justify the costs of maintanence. I could do without a Latte a couple of times a week - I couldn't do without the Brain for an hour.
Knowing we all have to prioritise resources, keep in mind that v7 doesn't mean v6 is any less usable so a user's data set is uninterupted if they choose not to upgrade just yet. When enough features have been added to satisfy those demanding more, the upgrade path is still available.
TB8022 32bit Java 32bit Version 8 Update 141 Firefox, Office 2013 Pro Plus 32bit 64bit Win10Pro 64bit Primary Laptop, 8GB RAM, Intel Core i7 64bit Secondary Laptop, 64GB RAM, Intel Xeon E3 Brain user since zygote