Unfortunately there is not a way for developers of themes or stacks to create demo versions. RapidWeaver has no way of allowing us to implement serial numbers or demo versions for these types of add-ons.
Understood. Sorry so many questions, just trying to sort my way through the changes. Tired of spending money on broken and/or ineffective stuff.
It is not a problem, I totally understand.
To delve deeper into it for those that are curious – Some developers build multiple copies of stacks, one version where a majority of the features are stripped away and another with all of the features. They end up having to maintain two versions of each stack or theme, which honestly when it comes to Foundry would be nearly impossible to do with so many stacks, much less as with one sole person doing it. This also means you’d not get to try all of the features of the stack or theme, just a limited selection of the features.
Other developers have taken to putting the whole stack or theme up for free on their site and then asking people to pay for it if they like and use it. Giving things away is not a sustainable business model for me as this is my full-time job, so I cannot do that.
My approach since the very beginning is to give users detailed product pages, tutorial and walk-through videos, sample pages and sites, and good documentation so that they can see and interact with the product as well as watch how it is used, what it is used for and read up on its features. This is the best balance I’ve been able to strike and it has worked really well for me since I started this venture back in January of 2006.