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  • I know COT has explained it in detail, and this is obviously just my excellent opinion, but I still don't believe this should be an add-on, why so expensive, and why annually?

    Now that this "add-on" is done, can we please get back to the roadmap?

    Thank you!
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  • Q. I know COT has explained it in detail, and this is obviously just my excellent opinion, but I still don't believe this should be an add-on, why so expensive, and why annually?

    A. Both perpetual and annual licenses are available. See options in the drop down at https://codeontime.com/buy#offlinesyn....

    Being able to run an app in offline mode is a valuable feature.

    Offline Sync turns your offline application into offline app without writing a single line of code.


    Let's say you have a mobile workforce of 100 employees. You will need to get a business cell line for each of them. The cost of a cell line with a data plan in the USA starts at $30 USD. The total yearly cost is $30 x 100 x 12 = $36,000 USD. You can stop paying for the cell service and get Offline Sync Add-on for $10 x 100 x 12 = $12,000 USD. Users will sync over Wi-Fi.

    Even the best wireless coverage will not guarantee that you will have an network connection on your device at all times. That makes it impossible to use the online app on the go. You will need to write a dedicated mobile app for this purpose. The cost of development will likely exceed the cost of getting Offline Sync. You will end up maintaining both online and offline app, which will further increase the costs.

    Offline Sync Add-on will save the businesses both time and money. You will have a single app that works both in online and offline mode!

    Q. Now that this "add-on" is done, can we please get back to the roadmap?

    A. Sure.
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  • Nice tech option, but we could never justify it (non US country) where $9 USD per device per month/per person is expensive, as we need to convert to local currency and add tax and charges.

    This would only work for smaller datasets as we have 13 gig databases where this would not be practical when stacked against against cell and connectivity systems such as Google Fi. Data connectivity is not a great issue where we are.

    I will state that I have blinkered perspective on this and wait to see it in operation. So take my comments with a grain of salt and I am amazed what you have done.

    I assume that this was driven by a specific request or vertical market.

    It will be nice to see V9.0 get back on track.
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  • I was considering returning to COT but the cost for offline is too much for my application, unless I misunderstood the license.
    If I have an app that is free to my customers and want to use offline sync feature. I cant charge a monthly fee as they wont pay it.
    Say we have 500 customers. Do I need 500 licenses for them even if say only 75 of them would hit the service at a time?
    In other words do I only need the number of licenses for the workload of the system.
    Thanks,
    Rob
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  • Hi Rob, my understanding and I stand to be corrected is that the license is not based on who "hits the service" i.e. if you have 75 out of 500 users that want to use the offline functionality then those 75 users need a license and the license is applied against them. Your other 425 users would not have the offline functionality even if one of the 75 users wasn't using it at that time i.e. it is not a "pool" of licenses that are available for your users to access. If you want all 500 users to have the ability to use offline then you would need 500 licenses.
    Personally I think what COT have achieved is great and there will be many out there that will have a need for it but like Edd above I am in Australia where the USD$9.00 a month is about $13.40 + taxes based on todays exchange rate and that exchange rate changes every day. I don't believe that the client base I have for one of my apps will want to pay for offline as its more expensive than what the subscription to my app is and is probably not crucial to the app I am currently offering. If I do develop something in the future which offline would benefit my client then I will definitely look further into it.
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  • Hi. For what I believe COT has explained is that you would create a view for the 75 users would need. This view you would protect with a role, offline-role. That way only the 75 offline users would have the. Offline ability and be within the license.
    • Your assumption is not correct. The offline feature is activated via a license code. Those users with a valid add-on license will be able to use offline sync.

      COT's selling point is that a developer can create an application that works online and offline without writing additional code. In your example, 75 users will need to purchase a license for the add-on. Creating views and defining roles in the application does not enable offline sync. Only users with a valid add-on license will be able to use your application in offline mode. Users without a valid add-on license will only use your application in online mode. This is handled automatically by the COT application (without any programming or design changes by the developer).
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