Offer a trial for premium features
I want to send a link to my team and have them test drive premium for a few days. If they like it, we want to buy a bunch of licenses. A trial offer that lets us use it in real development for a few days is critical.
Ronnie Overby commented
THIS! I have no doubt that if there were a trial with all the bells and whistles premium/dev/enterprise sales would increase.
Being the only guy in the building that has a license is not great. It's easier to lead a horse to water when the horse has tasted water before.
Marcelo Vieira commented
I am wanting to buy premium for personal development, but I am not sure that it meets my needs. One week of testing would be enough for me.
I would love this. I've persuaded 2 organisations, and at least 4 people, to buy LinqPad in the past, but it's still a real battle - they don't see the utility until they've used the premium version. I have to do a lot of pair programming where they use my scripts.
I wouldn't mind maybe having some extra licences I could assign to people while I'm working with them, or some one month trials.
Jens Odborg commented
I wanted to use a trial until my by was approved
Amos A. Anderson commented
I used it with free features less than two days and decided that my life wouldn't be complete without a proper premium license. I'm not sure a free shot at the premium features would have made a difference. Anybody that has done .NET development and has used LinqPad recommends it so I wasn't concerned that it would be a waste of money.
Ognyan Dimitrov commented
I wanted to try out the features of the premium version today but I could not. It will be very good feature to have a trial for everything - makes the decision to buy easier.
I have purchased my license.. but I think a trial would be nice as once you go premium.. its very hard to go back and would probably increase sales. i.e. you can't miss what you don't have.
I think LINQPad already strikes a proper balance between free/premium features. If you need premium features, buy a license, it's not exactly expensive.