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Gobe offers special cross-platform upgrade price

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 25 Sep, 2001 @ 11:45 PM
 
Gobe Software

Gobe Software, makers of the Productive office suite, are offering a significant discount on the next release of the suite to users of the BeOS version of productive. The new version is not 3.0, but rather a relaunch on Windows and Linux, and the license authorizes you to use the software anywhere in your family, on whatever platforms you like. Normally this would sell for 129.99, but BeOS users can get it for 39.99 if they preorder now. Read on for the official announcement. BTW - while we recieved this announcement and the opentracker announcement, we have copied these directly from BeForever, mainly for simplicity of access at this late date.

The Gobe team wants to thank you for standing by us as we delivered BeOS products. The years we have supported BeOS have been rewarding in many ways and we are happy to have been able to be there for you and with you.
We will soon be releasing gobeProductive for Windows and later Linux. This is the equivalent of Gobe Productive 3, with a number of new features. We also hope to release a BeOS version, depending on what the new owners of BeOS decide to do with the product.

gobeProductive for Windows and Linux will have a Suggested Retail Price of $124.95 and will include a “Gobe Family License” so you may install on all computers in your home plus one installation where you work. Initially shipping for Windows in 4th quarter 2001, there will be a coupon redeemable for the Linux version when that version is released early next year.

Our Special Offer
We are making this new gobeProductive available to all BeOS users (including Personal Edition users) for a special pre-order price of $39.95 (and this includes shipping charges). If you pre-order gobeProductive from the Gobe Store, we will ship it to you as soon as we release the finished product in late 4th quarter 2001. However, at that time this special offer will be withdrawn. Naturally, we will not cash any checks or charge any credit cards until we ship this to you.

Why Are We Doing This?
What better way to spread the word? You already know how great gobeProductive is so you can appreciate the value of this special offer - and we want you to help us spread the word to Windows and Linux users.

We hope that you will use this product and tell others about it, including PC user groups, the press, stores and Windows and Linux users. And we know that Gobe Productive will become your main productivity application when you use Windows or Linux.

To take advantage of this special offer please visit our preorder page.

- The Gobe Team



16 Responses to “Gobe offers special cross-platform upgrade price”

  1. PieterPan Says:

    Pre-ordered it

    I preordered it, mainly because I was curious as to what it would be like. I think it might be better than office, as long as you don’t really need to interchange documents (You always lose something in conversion).

    Of course, I keep hoping that a BeOS version will come out one day :)

    Oh yeah, I guess $40 is extremely reasonable for a nice productivity suite :)

    Pieter

  2. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/26/2001 09:43:02 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    From the actual “message to the BeOS Community”, available in the “Read More” link of this story or on the front page of gobe.com:

    “We will soon be releasing gobeProductive for Windows and later Linux. This is the equivalent of gobeProductive 3, with a number of new features.” (emphasis added)

    In otherwords, it’s equivelent, but not called 3.0. Also notice that the box says nothing about 3.0 on it. In fact, no where on the site (short of the beos-focused faq question you mention) do they call it 3.0 as the product name. They just call it gobeProductive. This is clearly a branding strategy so that windows and linux users don’t see it as a port from a dead os, but rather as an exciting new challenger for office suites.

    I assume you just felt like correcting based on your own perceptions, but you need to read before you speak. I know, there arent enough users in the community to ensure accuracy of comments blah blah blah, but if you can’t understand the truth, don’t post at all.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    New version is not 3.0?

    From the Gobe FAQ
    http://www.gobe.com/products/productive/faq.html

    Q: I have gobeProductive version 2 on BeOS. Is this new Windows version the same as the older BeOS version?
    A: This is gobeProductive 3.0, an all new version.

    I know, I know, BeOS doesn’t have enough journalists to afford accurate reporting, blah blah blah. If you can’t report the truth just provide a link and don’t write anything.

  4. PieterPan Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 09/26/2001 12:25:35 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Bam, right on!

    :)

  5. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 09/26/2001 12:25:35 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Q: I have gobeProductive version 2 on BeOS. Is this new Windows version the same as the older BeOS version?
    A: This is gobeProductive 3.0, an all new version.

  6. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/26/2001 10:37:52 PM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    see, if you had read the first letter, this thread wouldnt have happened, but it did. If you had read my reply earlier in the thread, you would have noticed that this faq question has already been addressed.

    I guess the point is that reading is fundamental.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 09/26/2001 12:25:35 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Maybe better to rewrite the whole article…

    ~~~~-

    Gobe Software, makers of the Productive office suite, are offering a significant discount on the next release of the suite. The new version will be relaunched under just the gobeProductive name on Windows and Linux. Gobe’s family license authorizes you to use the software on all your PCs at home and one at work, on whatever platforms you like. Normally this would sell for 124.95, but for now everyone can pre-order it for 39.99.

    Gobe have stated their intention to ship gobeProductive for Windows before the end of the year. Pre-orders will be filled at that time, and will include a coupon for the Linux version, expected to debut in 2002.

    ~~~~

    There, now it makes it clear that everyone can pre-order (not just BeOS users) and also that this is the NEW version, but for a different platform (and apparently with a cosmetic name change). It also corrects the price and other minor details.

  8. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/26/2001 11:17:29 PM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Just a thought here… why not log in and take credit for your posts? or better yet, why not volunteer, and then you would actually be able to write the articles yourself, rather than critiquing them after the fact. Put up or shut up.

  9. Jedi Be Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/26/2001 11:17:29 PM

    To the Anonymous Idiot …

    Your “re-write” has more flaws that the original:

    You wrote:”Gobe’s family license authorizes you to use the software on all your PCs at home and one at work, on whatever platforms you like.” (emphasis added by me)

    Well, Mr. Anonymous, I would like to use it on BeOS, but I can’t. What about QNX, Solaris, etc? Therefore it can not be used on any platform as your re-write states. (Not to mention that the proper grammar would be “platform”, singular, not “platforms”, plural. And “whatever platform you prefer” is much better sounding than “whatever platforms you like.” More accurate would be “on either Windows or Linux.” If you’re considering a career in journalism please reconsider. Spare us all.)

    You also wrote: “Normally this would sell for 124.95, but for now everyone can pre-order it for 39.99.” (again, emphasis added by me)

    Not everyone can pre-order at that price, which you have incorrectly stated is $39.99. It is $39.95. Your post claims to correct the price when it actually gets it wrong. (I guess this would be what your post called a “minor detail”, eh?) Oh, and where are your dollar signs? What currency would this be that you were referring to here? Hmmm??? I guess that’s just another “minor detail.”
    Only existing Productive users, all of which, by default, are only BeOS users qualify for the pre-order special.
    From the press release: “Existing Gobe Productive users can upgrade for $39.95.” I guess you missed that “minor detail.”

    Finally, you left off the “Inc.” from Gobe Software Inc.’s name. But that is probably just another one of those “minor details” of yours as well.

    Check your facts before blabbing and criticizing other people’s work. Nutcase and others do not have to do this. They don’t have to keep BeGroovy up and running. It is a labor of love. Please respect the fact that they post news when they can, and as accurately as possible, between everything else they have going on in their lives.

    Now, you may open your big anonymous mouth and place your smelly anonymous foot squarely and firmly inside. Maybe that will keep you quiet for a while :-P

  10. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Jedi Be @ 09/27/2001 2:24:45 PM

    To the Pseudonymous Moron …

    My rewrite has LESS flaws than the original, that’s why I wrote it.

    1. Your point is invalid, a family license allows you to use the software on multiple platforms (hence the plural) and will include any future platform, yes that includes BeOS in the unlikely event that the BeOS version is released.

    Of course I wouldn’t work in journalism, I’ve known several journalists (including on defunct 8-bit and Amiga magazines) and the job, frankly, sucks.

    2. Wrong again. Everyone can pre-order. Call Gobe, ask. “Yes, everyone can pre-order at this price.” Of course BeOS users were asked specifically, because unlike everyone else you’ve heard of the product.

    Even the original PR says “including BeOS PE”, which means everyone with a cover CD or an Internet connection qualifies.

    3. You’re right that I left in “39.99″ but at least I fixed “129.99″ to “124.95″ from the original, so once again the corrected version is better than Nutcase’s original.

    I’m not sure what the point was in writing your whine, it’s not informed (you didn’t compare the original article) and it’s not constructive (do I run a Be news site? No, so why bother correcting my mistakes?) so it seems like a waste of your time.

    I’m doing this as a displacement activity, what’s your excuse?

  11. Jedi Be Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/27/2001 8:26:12 PM

    Anonymous is as anonymous does

    1. Agreed, somewhat. Your statement was still worded incorrectly. It can not be run on “any” platform one prefers, because it has not been developed for every platform. Like Henry Ford said about the Model T: “They can get it in any color they want… as long as it’s black.” Gobe Productive (the new version) will only run on Windows (select flavors) and Linux. People that run other operating systems (including Windows 95 I might add) are out of luck. The “plural” is correct in practice, but grammatically, “singular” is the proper sentence structure, I believe.

    2. My statement was based directly on the original press release on Gobe’s site, found
    here.
    To quote it:
    “Gobe Productive will be available this fall through resellers and direct through the Gobe Store located at http://www.gobe.com for a Suggested Retail Price of US $124.95. Existing Gobe Productive users can upgrade for $39.95.” According to that press release, the offer extends to only existing Productive users. That press release makes no mention of “BeOS PE” as you claim. Having said that, the “Message to the BeOS Community” does make the statement concerning all BeOS users. My apologies to you on that one. Gobe said one thing in one press release and something else in another. I just now caught that.

    3. No better, no worse. You just switched one error for another.

    I did compare the original article BTW. I was just not aware that Gobe made differing statements in different press releases. I’m assuming you didn’t either.

    I wrote my “rebuttal” because I love the BeGroovy site and I appreciate all that Nutcase has done, along with the others at Begroovy, for this community. It bothers me when someone critically picks apart what he does and cowardly hides behind an anonymous post, not having the balls to show who they really are. Just what, exactly, are you afraid of? I could have posted my response anonymously, but I chose not to.
    Why couldn’t you have sent a non-critical, private e-mail to Nutcase about the matter? Or even the public comment, but without the critical remarks? It’s one thing to give constructive criticism, it’s another to insult someone that is, in essence, volunteering their time for a cause they feel is worthy.

    I don’t consider my post to be whining. (You had already taken care of the whining part yourself.) It was merely standing up for and defending the work of someone I respect.

    I just thought I would give you a taste of your own medicine. If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 09/27/2001 01:43:45 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Everyone can pre-order at that price, not just BeOS users! But when reading your headline it might leed your (unsuspecting) readers to believe that only BeOS users qualify for the special pre-order offer.

    Not the original AC, however I take full credits for my post. I don’t need no stinkin password for that :)

  13. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/28/2001 05:32:40 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    “I don’t need no stinkin password for that :)

    Ok, I’m another anonymous poster(and I’m drunk and the moment), but you’re using a double negative. So, in essence, you are saying that you do need to have a password.

    Happy Trails,

    Anonymous to the other Anonymous

  14. Tasslehoff Says:

    I buy that…

    Wow, what a boring thread so far… :)

    I just pre-ordered the Windows version. The one reason for me (and maybe more hardcore BeOS users): Gobe will have to concentrate on M$ Office data exchange, make it as perfect as possible. Featurewise, the current Gobe version is good enough for most of my stuff.
    So, by having an updated Windows version I can work in BeOS and then quickly switch to Windoof, do the occasional editing with the 3.0 features and export it in the “standard format” (or just print it in acceptable quality…). Thus my BeOS-documents never become obsolete as I bet Productive will always have 2.0-backwards compatibility.
    All this for $40. Maybe I can also help them keep afloat and provide a 3.0 version for BeOS sometime!

    So, get out your wallets folks.

    Tasslehoff, just coming from the Oktoberfest, Munich/Germany/Burp!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 10/01/2001 06:08:44 AM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Later, when I had sobered up, I did think that you might have meant that as a joke. But being intoxicated at the time, that thought eluded me. I guess my sense of humour was a little impaired. Sorry.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 09/28/2001 9:49:14 PM

    Re: New version is not 3.0?

    Did it ever occcur to you that is was intended? It was my (poor) attempt at american slang.

    Oh well :-)

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