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Jaime Andrés
10-14-2004, 03:09 PM
Apparently now Invision is not free.


Invision Power Services Introduces a New Focus
With its recent version 2.0 releases of its flagship product: Invision Power Board, the Company has refocused its products, services, and offerings. The change started with a successful sale offer on Invision Power Board and will culminate with a new customer-focused company.

"Over the past several months as Invision Power Board 2.0 neared completion we sought to focus our customer service efforts and stream-line everything we do. Through a lot of work and reviewing customer feedback, requests, and suggestions we have implemented what will be a breath of fresh air to our current and future customers," stated Matthew Mecham, CEO of Invision Power Services.

Some of the most important changes include sweeping changes to the customer service process. The Company has introduced live chat support for its customers, more efficient telephone support, and posted expected response times in the support desk. The downloadable free trial of Invision Power Board has been removed and replaced with a free, 15 day demo hosted account to try out the software. This change will allow the Company to focus its complete attention on product development and customer needs.

"One of the best changes is the introduction of a new Standards of Service policy. We hope by moving our policies out of technical licenses and terms of service agreements into an easy to read and welcoming format it will serve to benefit both our customers and staff. By clarifying what, why, and how we provide service to our customers we will be able to further improve that service," stated Lindy Throgmartin, COO of Invision Power Services.

The Standards of Service policy will serve to explain the impressive outline of customer service offerings available. Through a single interface, any customer will be able to quickly see the value of their purchase with Invision Power Services and how to get even more from our varied array of products.

In addition to customer service improvements the IPS Hosting web site and forum hosting division has been completely re-launched. The dedicated server line has been expanded and more benefits added for server customers. All IPS Hosting shared, forum, and dedicated server accounts will come with an Invision Power Board 2.0 license at no extra charge.

Invision Power Services, Inc. will be announcing new employment openings, products, services, and promotions in the coming weeks to celebrate its new focus and bright future.

Invision Power Services, Inc. is a leading provider of online community solutions and web hosting. Invision Power Board is used on thousands of web sites around the Internet to power their community.




I would assume that old versions of Invision will not incur demands for payment or withdrawal of support ?

Pete
10-14-2004, 03:25 PM
I don't know the details, but I know that Computer Paradise (cpfools.com), changed to another board package because the webmaster wanted access to updates and support.

He tried SMF for a while until there was a controversy about the portal code. Finally he went ahead and bought vBulletin.

locustfurnace
10-14-2004, 03:54 PM
It states on the Invisionboard (http://www.invisionboard.com/)

License options: We offer two types of license:

Yearly license
$69.95

Lifetime license
$199.00


An alternative to those who wish not to pay a license could be.
http://www.phpbb.com/
phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.

claren44
10-18-2004, 10:48 PM
My stream host, Live365.com, has used phpBB v.2.0.1 for 2 years,& it has worked well. Some of my fellow broadcasters also use phpBB on their websites.
Love & Peace, Clarence

The Dude
11-02-2004, 01:14 AM
I just read this on another site,apparantly the company is no more or something,bought by someone else,etc........

Whats gonna happen to THIS and all other sites running IPB??

http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p...1300541#1300541 (http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=1300541#1300541)

The Dude http://www.webhostingtalk.com/images/smilies/kaioken.gif

Jaime Andrés
11-02-2004, 04:42 PM
A member of a forum that I moderate on posted this today, he is/was closely involved with Invision.


Morning all .....

Well the writing was on the wall that Invision would eventually go for commercial status, and l don't blame them for that at all, it's a great product and they need the revenue to continue development of the BB and other related bits and pieces.

Invision Management, (Matt and Lindy it would appear), leaves a lot to be desired imho.

The decision to go fully commercial was made at the wrong time, they did not respect their installed base, with the announcement on 2.0 final release. That one should have been left as a "trial edition", and the announcement made for 2.0.1. This would have saved a lot of people's bacon. There's some dire situations out there currently, and Invision have really damaged their reputations with this.

Recent actions by Invision management have left me 1. not trusting them 2. really concerned for the future of the company. It would appear the wrong people have taken charge of the ship, and that ship is traveling on rough seas with a reef just ahead.

For anyone currently using Invision Forum software we are offering a complete support community at Invision Resource Center which is the official free resource site for Invision Internet Services. (Sorry had to get the plug in, and you may want to check out nominations for site of the month, as l believe a certain emoticon site has been nominated).

We are currently trying to negotiate on 1.3.1 of invision as imho that has been the best release yet, and l do believe our parent site (Invision Internet Services), will be able to supply it.

Thanks for your time.....

Shock
11-15-2004, 06:13 AM
Originally posted by locustfurnace@Oct 14 2004, 02:54 PM
It states on the Invisionboard (http://www.invisionboard.com/)

License options: We offer two types of license:

Yearly license
$69.95

Lifetime license
$199.00


An alternative to those who wish not to pay a license could be.
http://www.phpbb.com/
phpBB is a high powered, fully scalable, and highly customizable Open Source bulletin board package. phpBB has a user-friendly interface, simple and straightforward administration panel, and helpful FAQ. Based on the powerful PHP server language and your choice of MySQL, MS-SQL, PostgreSQL or Access/ODBC database servers, phpBB is the ideal free community solution for all web sites.
I guess you missed one, there is also this site http://www.proboards.com