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Why isn't Universe Sandbox free?
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:02:31 PM »
Our Universe is amazing and it feels wonderful to help share that reality with you. I want to make this my life's work.

If I had $100 million dollars I'd hire top programmers and artists to help me take Universe Sandbox to the next level, and then I'd just give it way.

Unfortunately I'm not wealthy and the most straightforward way to eventually be able to work on Universe Sandbox full time is to charge people money.

I'm really conflicted because I don't want money to get in the way to people (and kids) of using my software, but at the same time I need money to be able to take it to the next level. This is why my pricing model is "pay what you can". I feel this is a fair compromise between my need for monetization and my desire of generosity.


If someone 'steals' a copy of Universe Sandbox who doesn't have any money and they're learning about our amazing Universe then what's there for me to be upset about?

Likewise, if someone does have the means to pay for Universe Sandbox and they don't... I think that borders on the unethical. If this is you, please consider making a purchase at the price you can afford.

I don't know what each and every person's story is. I don't know if you have the means (or a parent or guardian that has the means). For some, $25 is a lot of money, while others might not give it a second thought.


I am so thankful to each and every person that has purchased a copy of Universe Sandbox. You have pushed me toward making the big leap toward the dream that has unfolded for me over the last year (making Universe Sandbox my full time job). There's still a long way to go, but I'm dedicated to making it happen.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2009, 02:11:51 PM by Dan Dixon »

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Re: Stealing & Theft
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 08:13:44 PM »
I never put lowest price, I always put average (in this case $25).

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Re: Stealing & Theft
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 08:16:59 PM »
Thank you Dan.

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Re: Stealing & Theft
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2009, 10:19:32 PM »
Yes, I felt bad about purchasing it for a low price, but I'm considering a donation or something soon, so I hope that'll make it good again. :)

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Re: Stealing & Theft
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2009, 03:13:36 PM »
Unfortunately I had to get it for only $5 because i have no income. My parents don't give me money for doing chores, and I'm underagged. I feel really bad now...  :-[

hopefully my ideas will make up for it...

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Re: Stealing & Theft
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2009, 04:30:53 PM »
Unfortunately I had to get it for only $5 because i have no income....  I feel really bad now.

Don't feel bad. That's not the point.

hopefully my ideas will make up for it...

There's no need to make up for anything.

At the same time... This forum exists, in part, to allow for the sharing of ideas with the Universe Sandbox community. The value of sharing is invaluable.

Yes, I felt bad about purchasing it for a low price, but I'm considering a donation or something soon, so I hope that'll make it good again. :)

When the new version of Universe Sandbox is released, a second purchase would be a great way of showing your support.

Either way... we're already good. No worries.

And to be clear: The new version will be fully unlocked to everyone who has purchased in the past.
Edit: This is no longer true as of 2010.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2010, 10:46:42 AM by Dan Dixon »

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009, 02:38:17 AM »
i apology for my behavior in the last days.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009, 08:05:26 AM »
Yeah. If I had a job I would definitely paid $25 for it.

Hey Dan, do you have an estimate of how many purchases of US theres been?

:D
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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2009, 09:43:10 AM »
Yes, and how many are buying it monthly? :P

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2009, 05:40:46 PM »
i apology for my behavior in the last days.

Andreas... Thank you.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2009, 03:28:13 AM »
Dan, Greetings for this wonderful product and your feeling about keeping it "pay if you can". Thanks for your views about poor children who cannot pay but can learn a lot even if they have an illegal copy. What i can say is "LISTEN TO YOUR HEART". I am also a programmer in State Government office in Madhya Pradesh and not a wealthy person. Long time back I have developed a charting product for ASP websites (ProFX ASP Chart Component) and made it free for all. Similar products cost around 100-300 dollers. Approx. 2500 installations are there worldwide including Lufthansa Airlines and EA sports Canada (the giant game maker). These companies can pay but still enjoying this product and still requesting for enhancements. The money comes from where you dont expect. Some users from USA sent me a few $s time to time by their own. May be they were "listening to their heart". So, again "LISTEN TO YOUR HEART".

Best wishes.
-mahesh joshi, Bhopal. INDIA

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 06:27:10 AM »
Thanks for your views about poor children who cannot pay but can learn a lot even if they have an illegal copy.

Your welcome.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2009, 11:25:31 AM »
That one made me laugh..

Interesting..

How does one donate to you Dan?

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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2009, 11:47:50 AM »
That one made me laugh..

Interesting..

How does one donate to you Dan?
I think you need to buy another licence. :)

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How?
Buy another license for the price you can pay.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2009, 02:10:54 PM »
Also if you buy another you can give it to a friend!

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2009, 02:17:18 PM »
:( None of my friends like space. Only one of them somewhat does. They are the new person "Ilikejuicygossip" or something.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2009, 02:20:16 PM »
Well theres family too.

Or Donate it to someone on a forum you go to!

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2009, 03:05:51 PM »
Probably friend. I'll ask when they come over or next time I call them.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2009, 05:09:54 PM »
You guys are great. I really appreciate your support.

At the same time... Please don't feel any obligation to buy multiple copies or pressure friends into buying copies.

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2009, 05:11:25 PM »
Friend Too

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2009, 05:47:08 AM »
I will continue to support your efforts Dan.
I think your software is absolutely wonderful.

Great teaching tool for kids too!

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2009, 03:29:36 PM »
hey dan did you ever fix that bug i told you about

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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2009, 07:56:52 AM »
I will continue to support your efforts Dan.
I think your software is absolutely wonderful.

Great teaching tool for kids too!
same! i think schools should use it!

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2009, 08:29:19 AM »
I will continue to support your efforts Dan.
I think your software is absolutely wonderful.

Great teaching tool for kids too!
same! i think schools should use it!

To make it really tasteful for schools I think US would need a couple of additional tools,
capable of displaying the mathematical circumstances, different type of vectors, energies and a couple of diagram modes. Also a couple of gaugers helping to analyze the physical properties of the environment (field strength; force; distances) would probably be helpful. As I always say the potential of US is giant, since a lot of groups interested into different aspects of a gravity simulation could be pleased by it. Anyways, there we'll be lots improvements in the next version. So I'm looking forward to US 2.0. :)
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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2009, 07:14:28 PM »
Thanks for all the support everyone.

One of my goals for the next year is to get Universe Sandbox into some schools.

To make it really tasteful for schools I think US would need....

What am I missing from this list?
- Show acceleration vectors of a body
- Show velocity vectors of a body
- Distance measurement between any two bodies
- Gravity field strength view - a fixed grid showing the force of gravity (like the diagram from your other post)
- Global system properties list: # of bodies, total mass, total energy

What do you mean by diagram modes?

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Re: Why isn't Universe Sandbox free?
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2009, 08:06:01 PM »
One of my goals for the next year is to get Universe Sandbox into some schools...

I might tell my science teacher about this when we get to the solar system chapter next year  :) But not a promise though.  :-[

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Re: Stealing Universe Sandbox
« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2009, 02:17:33 PM »
Let's continue discussing this in my thread. I don't want to derail this one.

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Re: Why isn't Universe Sandbox free?
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2009, 05:31:14 AM »
I bought it for $3 :P, soz for that,
not that I'm poor but with those crisis stuff, and I had to buy it of my own pocket money :(
and I only had 2,80 euro left on my account,

program is amazing btw.

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Re: Why isn't Universe Sandbox free?
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2009, 01:57:53 AM »
Awesome program. I only wish it could use my 4 cores and/or GPU for very detailed star systems and more numerous particles etc.

It's worth the money as it looks like quite a significant amount of time was put into this software.
Looking forward to 2.0 and definitely going to be picking that up.


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Re: Why isn't Universe Sandbox free?
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2010, 03:44:42 PM »
When Im eighteen, I will donate because I'll get $20k :P