Next up after that is Ndc Plugs "Feedback-y Thing": another stupid name that insults my professional sensibility. How dare they?
By harping on about the changes of name you have consistently chosen to ignore the much more important issues at the heart of this thread. I highly doubt you actually own any of these plug-ins because if you did you'd be busy expressing the same concerns as the rest of us instead of constantly revisiting a relatively minor issue. Why don't you stop your monotonous sledge-hammering about the name-changes and make some attempt to give us solid answers to the following much more important questions:
1) If we upgrade our system software regularly, as is normal and expected procedure for most computer-users, can you give us an assurance that our Elemental Audio plug-ins will still work, say, one year from now?
2) If they don't work, why will we then be forced to pay for a 'crossgrade' and buy an iLok? (And don't give me that 'copy-protection' BS - EA themselves have admitted that this is a 'distant' consideration.)
3) Why are new customers being asked to fork out 3-400% more (depending on weather conditions at RND central) for the same plug-ins?
4) Roger Nichols Digital says that the crossgrade price will be "around $20" and "available at some point" (also goes for the as-yet unseen 'new' versions of Inspector and Finis). In a week where we've seen the new price yo-yo up and down by +/-$100 several times how are we possibly expected to take any statements that this company makes as being reliable?
5) Given the universally-derided, unprofessional and ill-considered manner in which this merger was handled, can you blame us (some of whom have invested $500+ in EA) for being decidely nervous about the future of the new arrangement and therefore our investment? (Even the most rabid RND/EA supporter would surely have to concede that the way the change-over was handled has been a PR disaster for both companies?)
6) To criticise us existing EA customers for protesting about the price rises and other future developments is blinkered beyond belief. By way of example: when Higher Education students in Britain like myself took to the streets in the 1980's to demonstrate against the then Conservative Government's proposed cuts in Education grants we were marching mainly for the benefit of future generations of students, as the cuts would not have come into force until after we had graduated. Not to have protested on behalf of the next generation would have been an unforgiveable abdication of a bare minimum of social responsibility. I'm no self-righteous moral crusader, and this is just an example, but the analogy fits perfectly - are you saying you disagree with this basic philosophy?
7) What actual purpose does it serve to radically alter the names and the look of what EA assure us have been well-received and financially successful (triple-digit annual growth etc) products ?
8) What useful connection is there between the image of an aircraft dropping bombs and a piece of professional audio processing software?
9) Can you articulate clearly to us what immediate benefits the union with RND has brought EA customers so far, and what it will bring us in the future? (And if you answer "Presets" you will destroy what little inclination most of us have left to listen to you at all on this whole topic.)
Give us some informed and properly referenced answers to this lot or cease peddling your misdirected brand of repetitive pedantry in this thread.