Shimo

Version: 3.4 || Release Date: 2014-06-12 || License: Shareware ($39.95) Developer: ChungwaSoft | App Owner: guru

Shimo is the swiss army knife for VPN connections. It supports almost all VPN protocols out there! Cisco, IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP and even SSH are no problem for Shimo

Shimo is able to automate everything around your secure network connections: Establish connections automatically when you change your network location, execute AppleScripts on certain events or get notified about these events.
This is just a very small excerpt of Shimo's capabilities. Feel free to download Shimo from our website and find out about its extraordinary feature set. The downloadable version comes without any restrictions and therefore you are able to find out if it suits your personal requirements before you buy a license!

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61 Opinions

@guru : I think one or some combination of these options would be good:

1) The nag screen shows up at launch and stays for 20 seconds or whatever, then goes away for good. I don't like being interrupted at seemingly random times.
2) The nag screen shows up for a few seconds whenever the user connects (but not also at disconnect).
3) If you want something persistent, try a tiny, unintrusive icon that suggests unregistered (some play on an € sign, maybe?) next to the to the Shimo icon in the menubar.

Purp's ideas are pretty good too, although I vote against quitting after one use. That has the potential to be overly annoying in a different way. I think showing a screen at each connection is a good alternative to quitting. Disabling features is reasonable (since it's so common in shareware), but I think it'd be even better if you allowed full functionality for 30 days or whatever, and then crippled some features.

In general, I was probably going to buy it after I tested it for a few days. But with that obnoxious screen, there's no way I'm going to spend any time trying it out. I'll reconsider that if you come up with something for 2.0.3.

@belisle : You and I don't disagree. The seller sets the price; the customer decides whether or not they'll buy at that price. I'm just sharing detailed information on my buying decision. I don't expect €60 of potential income to change guru's mind, but now he has more data.

@guru : I'd propose that the shareware version (a) doesn't allow reconnection, (b) doesn't provide SSH tunneling, and © displays a nag for minimum 10 seconds before allowing you to dismiss it, increasing to a maximum of 60 seconds over time. If you're willing to put up with that annoyance, you obviously value money more than time + convenience.

With that, good luck. I'll check back someday to see how it all turns out.

What an endless debate over a few euros. Give the guy a break and let him earn a few bucks.

> Fabian, maybe you could offer the Shimo V2 in two versions, one with only the very basic
> functionality

That is a great idea -- the old functionality that everyone loves would be a teaser to get people who need more sophisticated VPN options to upgrade. I would love to see this happen.

I will stop using the software. Why wasn't I informed that if I upgraded I'd have to pay? Maybe the information was buried somewhere, but I find the way it is handled reprehensible.

OK, let's discuss the nag screen again:
What do you think of a nag screen that fades out after 20 seconds and comes back after 5-10 minutes and stays again for 20 seconds?

I don't have any problem with charging for Shimo. And I disagree with purp: you should be free to charge whatever you feel is appropriate. I don't doubt you put a lot of work into it.

But do agree with him and others on the nag screen: I refused to test it when I found out I couldn't do anything to the nag screen. I've never seen that in shareware. I'd like to use it for a few days and decide if it's worth the money. But that isn't going to happen with a giant window in my face at all times.

I instantly downgraded.

@frostman : I don't think anyone has said it should necessarily remain free; most of the domments I've seen are critical of the way the switch to shareware was made. Charging for functionality which was previously freely available and adding an undismissable nag screen shows a poor understanding of one's customers and the market.

@guru : You sure are spending a lot of time arguing with your users about what they want and need. Make the nag screen dismissable and drop the single-license price to EU9.95 and I'll buy six licenses at that price, no bulk discount.

As I said before everybody who really wants to use the old version of Shimo, which is really just a graphical user interface for the Cisco client, can send an email to support [at] nexumoja.org and I will provide a link to this version. But I cannot offer any support for Shimo 1.X, so if you need any support for Shimo, then you have to upgrade to Shimo 2!

Fabian, maybe you could offer the Shimo V2 in two versions, one with only the very basic functionality (graphical front end for CiscoVPN) and one with all the new stuff included. E.g. downloading the V2 would offer the basic functionalities (without nag-screen) and registering would result in Shimo being able to do all the other stuff, too. This way the community which won't need the new functionalities would still be able to work with the latest code basis e.g. no two versions would have to be maintained by you or others (which would be an option since it is under the GPL, right?)

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