As Stephen Meehan stated, when you look at the update history page you can sense it is not being actively developed (although we know v4 is being worked on). First-party add-ons have been neglected too:
- Perch Shop requires one urgent update (for European merchants using Stripe) and that is yet to be addressed
- Perch Blog (widely used) has a few bugs (reported on the old forum last year)
If it is already unsustainable, we'll either see changes or see the product die. Move to a more sustainable model and lose some customers in the process? Keep the current model, the extremely low release frequency and poor communication in order to retain some customers, but lose the product in the process?
I don't care whether Drew/Rachel respond to this thread directly. This is more for us (customers) to discuss and share our thoughts which may give them some valuable feedback. For now regardless of what drewm and rachelandrew decide to do, I would love for them to communicate with us more (at least via announcements/tweets/blog posts). Frankly I don't think Drew/Rachel themselves would be happy customers if they were Perch customers at the moment.
There’s lots of free software out there, but there are also lots of dead and abandoned projects. You don’t want that for your clients.
Perch is not free, but seems closer to abandoned than actively maintained/improved. This is not something we want for our clients either. At least we can fork and improve an abandoned free open-source software if we really want to. We cannot do the same for Perch.