At this point, making even a one line change to Panorama 6 is effectively impossible. Panorama 6 uses several custom tools in the build process, at least one of which will not run on anything newer than OS X 10.6 – in other words, it can’t be done on any of our up-to-date computers. We do have a 10.6 computer in the closet, but getting it out, getting it working, and getting reaquainted with the build process and the code base would take at least a month or two just to get started, then probably another month or two to build and test monitoring tools. I’m sure you’d rather that effort was spent on moving the Panorama X Server project forward, certainly that is my call. One other point – I’ll bet many existing Panorama 6 installations would be very hesitant to install a new version of Panorama 6 Server just so ProVUE could get some data. I know I would be.
Since the monitoring function has to be put into Panorama X Server anyway, doing so will not take any extra development time. I understand your point about the quality of statistics during a beta period, but some statistics are better than none, and the quality will improve as the release gets closer. Based on past experience, some organizations will transition to Panorama X Server more quickly than others, so we should get some useful data. My primary point, though, was to be transparent as to why pricing isn’t being announced right now.
I forgot to mention it in my progress report post above, but one of the major reasons I created this progress report video was to let Panorama 6 Server users know that it’s probably an appropriate time to get serious about converting your databases to Panorama X. I know that some users out there have already been working on this for some time, and are ready to go and chomping at the bit, but others have been waiting on the fence. For the most part, custom forms and scripts can be worked on now, using the single user version of Panorama X, so that when the server version is ready, you’ll be ready to go.