.NET Reflector is Becoming a Paid-For Product

February 3, 2011


.NET Reflector is Becoming a Paid-For Product

Red Gate announced a few days ago that .NET Reflector will become a commercial product from the end of February 2011. Here is what Neil Davidson, Red Gate’s Co-CEO, wrote as an open letter to the .NET community:

”Red Gate has announced that it will charge $35 for version 7 of .NET Reflector upon its release in early March. Version 7 will be sold as a perpetual license, with no time bomb or forced updates.

As many of you know, our original intention was to maintain .NET Reflector as a free tool. But, after two-and-a-half years of providing it without charge, we realized that we could not make the free model work. We know that this will cause pain for some people in the .NET community, and we apologize for the change in policy.

As a commercial company, we need to charge at least a nominal amount to keep .NET Reflector up-to-date and relevant. Without revenue coming in, we cannot dedicate a team of developers to ensure that Reflector remains a valuable part of .NET developers’ toolboxes.

As always, your feedback is important to Red Gate, so please contribute any thoughts on this subject to our .NET Reflector forum.

Neil Davidson
Co-CEO, Red Gate Software

Since Red Gate bought .NET Reflector I expected this change to come. But what I didn’t expected is that the product will have no free version at all. This is bad news for the people who use it on a daily basis (like I do). I know that $35 isn’t a lot of money but I want to refer you to Lutz Roeder’s announcement when he sold .NET Reflector to Red Gate – “Red Gate will continue to provide the free community version and is looking for your feedback and ideas for future versions.”

What do you think about this Red Gate announcement?

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  1. zurdoILFebruary 3, 2011 ב 9:42

    Red Gate is a commercial company and sincerely I expected this!


  2. GregFebruary 3, 2011 ב 13:27

    Fair enough changing for new versions but think they should leave a current version free (which doesn’t have the forced updates)

  3. JoeFebruary 3, 2011 ב 21:13

    If you can’t afford to maintain the product for free, you should give it back to the community

  4. DavidFebruary 4, 2011 ב 1:11

    Well it looks like it is time to build a new VM and set it back in date.

  5. MichaelFebruary 4, 2011 ב 18:44

    Shame on you, i will never ever again use 1 cent on any of your products

  6. Adam GreeneFebruary 4, 2011 ב 22:52

    I believe that if they cannot maintain a free copy of Reflector that they do what RedHat does:  Make a commercial version based on the free version with compelling features that would entice people to go commercial.

  7. SergioFebruary 5, 2011 ב 3:49

    Developers in general don’t mind paying for stuff that they use and increases their productivity. The problem is when a company promises to keep a product free and then does exactly the opposite. People feel cheated by Red Gate Software.

    Like Joe said, if you can’t maintain the product for free give it back to the community. You should have acquired it in the first place.

  8. DraMarch 1, 2011 ב 4:07

    Goodbye, Redgate. It was good doing business with you. But greed is one thing I cannot stand.